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5.2 cm SK L/55 naval gun

5.2 cm SK L/55 gun
Krupp gun in Royal Australian Armoured Corps Tank Museum, Puckapunyal, Victoria, Australia.
Type Naval gun
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
In service 1906—TBC
Used by German Empire
Wars World War I
Production history
Designed around 1905[1]
Weight 386 kilograms (851 lb) kg[2]
Length about 2.87 meters (9 ft 5 in)[2]

Shell Fixed
Shell weight 3.86 pounds (1.75 kg)[2]
Caliber 5.2 centimeters (2.05 in)
Elevation -5 to +20 degrees[1]
Rate of fire 10 rounds/min[1]
Muzzle velocity 850 m/s (2,800 ft/s)
Effective firing range 7.100 m @ 20 degrees elevation[1]

The 5.28 cm SK L/55[Note 1] was a German naval gun that was used before and during World War I on a variety of mounts, in torpedo boats and cruisers.

Design and description

The 5.2 cm SK L/55 gun was designed around 1905, and used fixed ammunition. It had an overall length of about 2.86 m (9 ft 5 in).[1]


This gun was installed in several torpedo boats and cruisers of the Imperial German Navy, as well as in some torpedo boats ordered by the Royal Netherlands Navy, among them:

During World War I it was sometimes replaced with larger guns (as the 8.8 cm L/30, 8.8 cm L/35 or 8.8 cm L/45), while in turn replaced the less powerful 5 cm L/40 gun in some older torpedo boats.[1]

See also


  1. ^ SK - Schnelladekanone (quick loading cannon); L - Länge (length); /55 - with a 55-caliber-long barrel



  1. ^ a b c d e f "5.2 cm/55 (2.05") SK L/55". Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Friedman, N. (2011). Naval weapons of World War One. p. 147


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