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10.5 cm SK L/45 naval gun

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
TypeNaval gun
Place of originGerman Empire
Service history
In service1907—1945
Used byGerman Empire
Nazi Germany
WarsWorld War I
World War II
Production history
Designedabout 1906–1907
Mass1,450 kilograms (3,200 lb)
Length4.725 meters (15 ft 6.0 in)

ShellFixed Brass Casing:
25.5 kilograms (56 lb)
Shell weight17.4 kilograms (38 lb)
Caliber105 millimeters (4.1 in)
Breechhorizontal sliding-block
ElevationDependent on mounting:
  • MPL C/06: -10° to +30°
  • Tbts LC/16: -10° to +50°
  • Ubts LC/16: -10° to +50°
  • Flak 45: -5° to +70°
  • MPLC/30: -9° to +80°[1]
Rate of fire15 RPM
Muzzle velocity710 m/s (2,300 ft/s)
Maximum firing rangeHorizontal: 12,700 metres (13,900 yd) at 30°
Vertical: 8,230 metres (27,000 ft) at 80°

The 10.5 cm SK L/45 (Schnelladekanone Länge 45, quick-loading cannon with a barrel length of 45 calibers) 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.

Naval Use


See also

Weapons of comparable role, performance and era


  1. ^ Campbell, Naval Weapons of WWII, p.249.


  • Campbell, John (2002). Naval Weapons of World War Two. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-87021-459-4.
  • Gander, Terry; Chamberlain, Peter (1979). Weapons of the Third Reich: An Encyclopedic Survey of All Small Arms, Artillery and Special Weapons of the German Land Forces 1939–1945. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-15090-3.
  • Hogg, Ian V. (1997). German Artillery of World War Two (2nd corrected ed.). Mechanicsville, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 1-85367-480-X.
  • Rolf, Rudi (1998). Der Atlantikwall: Bauten der deutschen Küstenbefestigungen 1940-1945. Osnabrück: Biblio. ISBN 3-7648-2469-7.
  • Rolf, Rudi (2004). A Dictionary on Modern Fortification: An Illustrated Lexicon on European Fortification in the Period 1800-1945. Middleburg, Netherlands: PRAK.

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