15 cm TbtsK C/36 naval gun

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15 cm TbtsK C/36
Z39 forward guns.jpg
Forward twin guns on Z39 in 1945, in US service as DD-939
Type Naval gun
Place of origin Nazi Germany
Service history
In service 1942–1945
Used by Nazi Germany
United States
Wars Second World War
Production history
Designer Rheinmetall
Manufacturer Rheinmetall
Weight 7,200–8,564 kilograms (15,873–18,880 lb)
Length 7.165 meters (23.51 ft)
Barrel length 6.815 meters (22.36 ft) (bore)

Shell separate-loading, cased charge
Shell weight 45.3 kilograms (100 lb)
Caliber 15cm (5.9 in) nominal cal
149.1 millimeters (5.87 in) actual
Breech horizontal sliding block
Elevation Single mount: -10° to +30°
Twin mount: -10° to +65°
Traverse depends on the mount
Rate of fire 8 rpm (maximum)
Muzzle velocity 835 meters per second (2,740 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 21,950 meters (24,000 yd) at 30°

The 15 cm TbtsK C/36 [Note 1] was a German medium-caliber naval gun deployed on Type 1936A (Narvik class) destroyers during the Second World War.


The C/36 was a powerful gun for a destroyer, which tended to have guns varying in size from 100 to 127 mm (4 to 5 inch), a 149.1 millimeters (5.87 in) gun being more typical of a light cruiser. The construction of the C/36 differed from the SKC/25 and SKC/28 in that it had a loose barrel that could be changed from the muzzle end and that the breech block was horizontal rather than vertical. There were two variants depending upon on the mount used, the Tbts KC/36 for single mounts and the Tbts KC/36T for twin mounts. The KC/36T differed from KC/36 in that it had a breech weight in order to move the center of gravity rearwards to better balance the gun. There were also two mountings for these guns the Tbts LC/36 open backed single mount and the enclosed Drh LC/38 twin mount. A criticism of the open backed Tbts LC/36 mount was that bad weather hampered their operations. The heavy shells were also a problem since the guns lacked power assist, which meant that 40 kilograms (88 lb) shells had to be manually fed into the breech. Although the Drh LC/38 mount had an elevation suitable for anti-aircraft use its training speed of 8° sec, elevation speed of 8° sec and 8 rounds per minute were insufficient.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ TbtsK - Torpedobootskanone (torpedo boat's gun), C - Construktionsjahr (year of design)


  1. ^ Campbell, Naval Weapons of WWII, p.243.


  • 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. 

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