Canon de 75 mle GP III

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Canon de 75 mle GP111
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In Belgrade military museum
Type field gun
Place of origin Belgium
Service history
In service 1919?-1945
Used by  Belgium
 Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Cockerill
Manufacturer Cockerill
Specifications
Weight 1,390 kilograms (3,060 lb)
Barrel length 2.806 metres (9 ft 2 in) L/37.4

Shell 6.125 kilograms (13.50 lb)
Caliber 75 mm (2.95 in)
Carriage box trail
Elevation -8° to +35°
Traverse
Muzzle velocity 579 m/s (1,899 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 11,000 metres (12,000 yd)

The Canon de 75 mle GP111 was a field gun used by Belgium during World War II. Cockerill mounted a sleeve in the barrels of ex-German 7.7 cm FK 16 guns received as reparations after World War I to convert them to the standard Belgian 75mm ammunition. After 1940, the Wehrmacht designated captured guns as the 7.5 cm FK 236(b). This gun was nearly the equivalent of the German 7.5 cm FK 16 nA and apparently saw wider service than the other captured Belgian guns.

References[edit]

  • Chamberlain, Peter & Gander, Terry. Light and Medium Field Artillery. New York: Arco, 1975
  • Gander, Terry and Chamberlain, Peter. 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, 1979 ISBN 0-385-15090-3