10.5 cm SK L/45 naval gun

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10.5 cm SK L/45
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The gun from the submarine SM UB-91, displayed as a memorial at Chepstow in Wales
Type Naval gun
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
In service 1907—1945
Used by  German Empire
 Nazi Germany
Wars World War I
World War II
Production history
Designed about 1906–1907
Weight 1,450 kilograms (3,200 lb)
Length 4.725 meters (15 ft 6.0 in)

Shell Fixed
Shell weight 17.4 kilograms (38 lb)
Caliber 105 millimeters (4.1 in)
Breech horizontal sliding-block
Muzzle velocity 710 m/s (2,300 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 12,700 metres (13,900 yd)

The 10.5 cm SK L/45 (SK - Schnelladekanone (quick-loading cannon) L - Länge (with a 45-caliber barrel) was a German naval gun that was used in World War I and World War II and was the successor of the older 10.5 cm SK L/40 naval gun.


The 10.5 cm SK L/45 gun weighed 1,450 kilograms (3,200 lb), had an overall length of 472.5 cm (15 ft 6 in). It used a horizontal sliding-block breech design.


Gun, partly obscured, from submarine SM U-98, at Imperial War Museum, London Gun breech, in Malta Gun from SM U-19 in Bangor

See also

Weapons of comparable role, performance and era



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