Rheinmetall 12 cm leFH 08

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Rheinmetall 12 cm leFH 08
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Type howitzer
Place of origin Germany
Service history
Used by  Norway
 Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Rheinmetall
Manufacturer Rheinmetall
Produced 1908
No. built 8
Specifications
Weight 1,360 kilograms (3,000 lb)
Barrel length 2.4 metres (7.9 ft) L/20

Shell 20.4 kilograms (45 lb)
Caliber 120 mm (4.72 in)
Carriage split trail
Elevation -5° to +45°
Traverse
Muzzle velocity 300 m/s (1,476 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 6,100 metres (6,700 yd)

The Rheinmetall 12 cm leFH 08 was a howitzer used by Norway in World War II. It was known in Norwegian service as the 12 cm felthaubits/m09. Captured guns were given a German designation after the Invasion of Norway as the 12 cm leFH 375(n). Two batteries of Artillerie-Abteilung 477, which served in Finland during the war, were equipped with 12 cm Norwegian howitzers, which might have included these guns.

References[edit]

  • 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
  • Chamberlain, Peter & Gander, Terry. Heavy Artillery. New York: Arco, 1975 ISBN 0-668-03898-5


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