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German 7.5 cm leichtes Infanteriegeschütz 18

German field artillery

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  • Origin Nazi Germany
  • Manufacturer Rheinmetall
  • Years produced 1932-1945
  • No. built ~ 12,000
  • Weight 3,439 lbs.
  • Barrel length 3 ft.
  • Shell 75mmx 89mm R
  • Shell weight 13lbs. 4oz.
  • Rate of fire 8 - 12 rounds per minute
  • Velocity 690 ft. per second
  • Max range 3,880 yds.

Development of the gun began in 1927, by Rheinmetall. The crew was protected by an armored shield. There was a mountain gun variant, the 7.5 cm le.GebIG 18. For transport, the mountain variant could be broken down into six to ten packs, the heaviest weighing 74.9 kg. These were typically assigned at two to each mountain battalion. Six 7.5 cm le.IG 18F were manufactured in 1939. These were airborne guns, capable of being broken down into four 140 kg loads. The airborne variant had smaller wheels and no shield. There was also an infantry support gun, known as the 7.5 cm Infanteriegeschütz L/13 and designed as a replacement for the le.IG 18, which could be broken into four to six loads. However, though prototypes were tested, the German army felt that it did not improve on the existing design sufficiently to merit introduction and the army stayed with the earlier gun.



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