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ⓘ 10.5 cm leFH 18




10.5 cm leFH 18
                                     

ⓘ 10.5 cm leFH 18

The 10.5 cm leFH 18 is a German light howitzer used in World War II and the standard artillery piece of the Wehrmacht, adopted for service in 1935 and used by all divisions and artillery battalions. At least 22.133 examples were produced.

Developed in the late 1920s, she was a major step forward compared with the predecessor on 10.5 cm leFH 16. It was the perfect caliber of his early opponents in the war, with adequate range and firepower, but the modern split trail carriage, which ensures its stability and traverses also made it too heavy for the mobile role mainly horse-artillery battalions of the German army, especially in the mud and snow of the Eastern front.

In leFH 18 was modified as leFH 18M and leFH 18 / 40. Since 1942, the self-propelled version was created by installing a howitzer on the chassis of the Panzer II and H35, the symbol B1 or 37L chassis. It has also been used to equip the German allies and neutral countries in Europe before and during the war.

                                     
  • versions of 10 5 cm leFH 18 10 5 cm leFH 18 howitzers 166 bought in 1943 Bulgarian 37mm D 70 AT gun German 5 cm Pak 38 AT gun Solothurn S - 18 100 - 308
  • mover for medium towed guns ranging from the 3.7 cm FlaK 43 anti - aircraft gun up to the 10 5 cm leFH 18 field howitzer. It could carry eight troops in addition
  • 10 cm K 17 10 5 cm FlaK 38 10 5 cm leFH 16 10 5 cm leFH 18 40 10 5 cm leFH 18 10 5 cm leFH 18 M 10 5 cm Leichtgeschutz 40 10 5 cm Leichtgeschutz 42 10
  • Artillerie - Abteilung had four batteries, three of which had four 10 5 cm leFH 18 howitzers each, but the fourth battery had seven Sturmgeschutz III
  • 12x 10 5 cm leFH 16 Geschutzwagen auf Fahrgestell Mk VI 736 e six of the larger 15 cm s FH 13 guns on Mk VI 736 e by the 227th Inf. Div. Pz Tr No. 10 notes:
  • Around the same time, the museum acquired another artillery piece, a 10 5 cm leFH 18 howitzer. It is expected that after the renovation, it will be exhibited

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