Monday, 17 July 2017

German Projectiles - 152mm to 210mm Projectiles







German Projectiles








H.E. Projectile of Russian Origin, 152mm


No picture available

German Designation: 15cm Sprgr. 436 (Sprenggranate 436 (russ))

Employment: 15.2cm Kan. F.L. 33/1 (r)
      15.2cm russ 37


Dimensions
Overall length w/o fuze (projectile): 25.5 inches
Width of rotating band: 0.826 inches
Distance from base to band: 3.622 inches
Diameter of base: 4.921 inches
Distance from base to shoulder: 12.51 inches
Diameter of fuze hole: 1.574 inches

No tracer


Fuze: Unknown

Markings: Painted green, unpainted band at shoulder and above rotating band

Remarks: This projectile has a streamlined base.  There is an ogive adapter attached 4.251 inches from fuze hole.











H.E. Projectile Type L/4.7 with Nose Fuze and Ballistic Cap, 170mm

No picture available

German Designation: 17cm Sprgr. L/4.7 Kz. (m. Haube)
                                                                (Sprenggranate Ladun/4.7 Kopfzunder (mit Haube))

Employment: 17cm Kan. (E)


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 31.496 inches
Total weight (projectile): 138 pounds

Type of bursting charge: TNT in cardboard container
No tracer

Weight of propellant: 52 pounds
Type of propellant: RPC/32

Fuze: Time and Percussion fuze E. (m. Haube) M. Dopp. Z. s/90


Remarks: This projectile has a streamlined base.  The fuze is inserted under the ballistic cap.
Information is from captured documents.










H.E. Projectile, Type 39, 170mm


German Designation: 17cm K. Gr. 39 (Kanone Granate 39)

Employment: 17cm K. i. Mrs. Laf.


Dimensions
Overall length w/o fuze (projectile): 29.172 inches
Distance from base to band: 3.35 inches
Width of bimetallic rotating bands: 1.023 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 6.771 inches
Diameter of base: 5.984 inches
Total weight (projectile): 150 pounds

Type of bursting charge: TNT
Tracer is present

Overall length (cartridge case): 29.562 inches
Diameter at case neck: 7.5 inches
Diameter at case base: 8.5 inches
Type of propellant: Tubular Diglycol
Weight of propellant: 64 pounds

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze AZ35 K; or
Time and percussion fuze Dopp. Z. s/90 K

Packaging: One projectile in a wicker basket - 156.8 pounds

Remarks: Projectile has a streamlined base, and adapter in base for tracer.  After firing, the rotating band will bear 48 engravings.









H.E. Projectile, Type 38, with Ballistic Cap, 170mm



German Designation: 17cm K. Gr. 38 (Hb) (Kanone Granate 38 (Haube)

Employment: 17cm K. i. Mrs. Laf.


Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 54.622 inches
Overall length w/o fuze (projectile): 30.983 inches
Width of bimetallic rotating bands: 1.023 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 6.967 inches
Diameter of base: 5.984 inches
Weight of bursting charge: 15.37 pounds
Total weight (projectile): 138 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: TNT in cardboard container cemented in projectile.
Smoke box present.
Tracer is present

Overall length (cartridge case): 28.56 inches
Diameter at case mouth: 7.5 inches
Diameter at case base: 8.5 inches
Type of propellant: Tubular Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze Hbgr. Z. 35 K; or
Time and percussion fuze Dopp. Z. s/90 K

Markings: Painted green


Packaging: One projectile in a wicker basket - 145.2 pounds

Remarks: Fuze is under ballistic cap.  Projectile has streamlined base.  After firing, rotating band will bear 48 engravings.






H.E. Projectile Type L/4.7 with Nose Fuze and Ballistic Cap, 203mm


No picture available

German Designation: 20.3cm Sprgr. L/4.7 Kz. (m. Haube)
                                                         (Sprenggranate Ladung Kopfzunder (mit Haube))

Employment: 20cm Kan (E)


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 37.519 inches
Weight of bursting charge: 26.84 pounds

Type of bursting charge: TNT in cardboard container
No tracer

Weight of propellant: 61.6 pounds
Type of propellant: RPC/32

Fuze: Time and Percussion fuze Kz C/27 Lm., St. or Ms.


Packaging: One projectile in a wicker basket - 286 pounds


Remarks: There is also a round designated: "20.3cm Sprgr. L/4.7m Bd. Z. m. Haube", which is identical except that this type is also fitted with base fuze Bd. Z. C/38. 







H.E. Projectile, Type 17, 210mm

No picture available

German Designation: 21cm Gr. 17 (Granate 17)

Employment: lg. 21cm Mrs. 18

Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 31.614 inches
Diameter of base: 8.267 inches
Total weight (projectile): 264 pounds

No tracer

Fuze: Base detonating fuze K. Bd. Z. 10 or 10+


 Remarks: There is also a round designated: "21cm Gr. 17 umg" which is identical except that the base fuze employed is Bd. Z. f. 15cm Gr. 19 Be.

Information is from captured documents.








H.E. Projectile, Type 18, 210mm




German Designation: 21cm Granate 18

Employment: 21cm Mrs. 18

Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 46.084 inches
Overall length (projectile): 34.565 inches
Distance from base to band: 4.606 inches
Width of rotating bands: 0.590 inches
Diameter of base: 7.480 inches
Total weight (projectile): 249 pounds

Type of bursting charge: TNT
No tracer present

Overall length (cartridge case): 16.125 inches
Diameter of case neck: 8.75 inches
Diameter of case base: 9.5 inches
Type of propellant: Diglycol
Weight of propellant: 34.4 pounds

Fuze: Nose Percussion fuze AZ 23 umg or possibly Time and Percussion fuze

Markings: Painted green

Packaging: One to a wicker basket


 Remarks: There is also a cast steel projectile of the same dimensions designated: "21cm Gr. 18 Stg."










Anti-Concrete Projectile, Type 18, 210mm



German Designation: 21cm Gr. 18 Be (Granate 18 Beton)

Employment: 21cm Mrs. 18
                            lg. 21cm Mrs. 18


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 36.534 inches
Distance from base to band: 4.606 inches
Width of rotating bands: 0.590 inches
Diameter of base: 7.480 inches
Weight of bursting charge: 25.6 pounds
Total weight (projectile): 268 pounds

Type of bursting charge: TNT
No tracer present

Overall length (cartridge case): 16.125 inches
Diameter of case neck: 8.75 inches
Diameter of case base: 9.5 inches
Type of propellant: Diglycol
Weight of propellant: 31 pounds

Fuze: Base Detonating fuze Bd. Z. f. 21cm


Markings: Painted green.

Packaging: One to a wicker basket

Remarks: Projectile has streamlined base, ballistic cap.






Next Time: 240mm to 280mm Projectiles

Monday, 10 July 2017

German Projectiles - 150mm Projectiles Part 3







German Projectiles








S.A.P. Projectile for Gun 39, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Hpzgr. (Halbpanzergranate)

Employment: 15cm K. 39


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 23.53 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.866 inches
Diameter of base: 6.102 inches
Total weight (projectile): 99 pounds

No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 20.66 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.28 inches

Fuze: Base detonating type

Markings: Black Tip

Remarks: Information is from captured documents.











A.P. Projectile for Gun 39, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Pzgr. (Panzergranate)

Employment: 15cm K. 39


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 23.542 inches
Diameter of base: 5.866 inches
Total weight (projectile): 99 pounds

No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 20.67 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.283 inches

Fuze: Base detonating type


Remarks: Information is from captured documents.










L/4.6 with Nose Fuze, 150mm


German Designation: 15cm Sprge. L/4.6 (Kopfzunder)

Employment: 15cm K. 39


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 26.88 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.86 inches
Total weight (projectile): 99 pounds

No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 20.67 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.28 inches
Type of propellant: Tubular Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze E. Kz. m. V.; or
Time and percussion fuze Dopp. Z. s/60


Remarks: Information is from captured documents.









Smoke Projectile, Type 38, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Gr. 38 Nb (Granate 38 Nebel)

Employment: 15cm s.F.H. 18


Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 31.751 inches
Overall length (projectile): 24.723 inches
Width of rotating bands: 0.472 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.825 inches
Diameter of base: 5.196 inches

Type of Bursting Charge: TNT
Type of Smoke Mixture: Oleum impregnated in pumice
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 10.255 inches
Diameter at case mouth: 6.338 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.007 inches

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze Kl AZ 40 Nb

Markings: Painted green, stencilled in white.
"38 Nb" stencilled on body.


Packaging: One projectile in a wicker basket






Anti-Concrete Projectile, Type 19, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Gr. 19 Be (Granate 19 Beton)

Employment: 15cm s.F.H. 18
                      15cm s.F.H. 13
                 15cm s.H.T.


Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 30.215 inches
Overall length (projectile): 23.267 inches
Distance from base to band: 3.228 inches
Width of bimetallic rotating band: 0.472 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.825 inches
Diameter of base: 5.196 inches
Total weight (projectile): 95.7 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 7.1 pounds

Type of bursting charge: TNT
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 10.255 inches
Diameter at case mouth: 6.338 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.007 inches

Fuze: Base detonating fuze Bd. Z. f. 15cm Gr. 19 Be

Markings: Painted green.


Packaging: One projectile in wicker basket - 100 pounds







H.E. Projectile with Disintegrating Rotating Bands (Sabot Type), 150mm



German Designation: Not Known

Employment: Not Known

Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 25.6 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.84 inches
Diameter of base: 6.01 inches
Total weight (projectile): 63.14 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 7.48 pounds

No tracer


Fuze: Nose percussion fuzes AZ 23v

Markings: "R9" stencilled in body


 Remarks: At the shoulder of the projectile is a detachable guide band.  This band is trisected by cuts almost completely through the band and the complete band, which is a push fit on the shoulder, it is held in position by three ball bearings.  These are seated in cavities spaced equally round the periphery of the shoulder of the shell and project into cylindrical drillings through each segment of the guide band.  The drillings are threaded towards the outer circumference and the ball bearings after insertion are finally located by screws which seat the outer surface of the bearings.  After insertion of the balls and the positioning of the three screws, therefore, the guide band is firmly attached to the shell body, but should trisection of the guide band be completed, each segment, together with its retaining ball, would therefore be free to fall away from the shell body.

The rotating band holder is located at the base of the shell, which is keyed to receive it.  The holder itself is in three detached segments held in position only by the soft iron driving band.  Movement is prevented by three cylindrical pieces fitting into cavities located in the shell body and the driving band holder.  There are also three cylindrical pins between the segments.

It is believed that after leaving the gun the guide band and the rotating band holder are each split into three separate segments which, together with the ball bearings, pins and cylindrical pieces retaining them, are flung off.  The remaining projectile is then of much better aero-dynamic shape than is possible with a conventional projectile.








A.P.C. Projectile for Unknown Weapon, 150mm



German Designation: Not Known

Employment: Not Known but believe to be for naval use.

Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 24.8 inches (approx.)
Total weight (projectile): 98.47 pounds


Fuze: Not Known

Markings: Painted yellow with black tip, black arrow pointed down towards base, black stencilling.


 Remarks: Information is from captured documents.











Rocket Assisted Projectile, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm R. Granate 19

Employment: s.F.H. 18


Dimensions
Total weight (projectile): 99.5 pounds

No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 10.23 inches
Diameter at case mouth: 6.338 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.007 inches
Weight of propellant: 13.64 pounds
Type of propellant: Tubular Diglycol

Fuze: Electric Nose percussion fuze, graze operated instantaneous: El. A.Z. or El. A.Z. m. R.
Base fuze R (transition fuze)

Markings: "R" stencilled in red on charge bag.


Remarks: This is an experimental projectile.  No specimens have been recovered as yet.  Two types were designed.  On the first the base plate is held in position with magnesia luting.  Is it thrown clear when the gun fires.  In the new pattern the jets are closed by small individual plugs which fall out when the gun fires.






Next Time: 152mm to 210mm Projectiles

Monday, 3 July 2017

German Projectiles - 150mm Projectiles Part 2







German Projectiles








Smoke Projectile, Type 19, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Gr. 19 Nb. (Granate 19 Nebel)

Employment: 15cm s.F.H. 18
                       15cm s.F.H. 13


Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 33.778 inches
Overall length w/ fuze (projectile): 26.771 inches
Distance from base to band: 3.22 inches
Width of bimetallic rotating band: 0.472 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.825 inches
Diameter of base: 5.196 inches
Total weight (projectile): 85.8 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 1.21 pounds
Weight of smoke mixture: 14.08 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: Picric Acid
Type of smoke mixture: Oleum impregnated in pumice.
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 10.255 inches
Diameter at case neck: 6.338 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.007 inches

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze AZ 23 Nb

Markings: Painted green, stencilled in white.
"Nb" stencilled on body.

Packaging: One projectile to a wicker basket - 90.2 pounds.











Smoke Projectile for Heavy Infantry Gun, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Jgr. 38 Nb. (Jaeger 38 Nb)

Employment: 15cm s.I.G. 33


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 25.747 inches
Width of bimetallic or sintered iron rotating band: 0.433 inches
Diameter of base: 5.905 inches
Total weight (projectile): 84 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 4.93 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: Picric Acid
Type of smoke mixture: Oleum impregnated in pumice.
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 4.448 inches
Diameter at case mouth: 6.102 inches
Diameter at case base: 6.653 inches

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze AZ 23 Nb

Markings: Painted green, stencilled in white.
"Nb" stencilled on body.

Packaging: One projectile to a wicker basket - 90.2 pounds.










H.E. Projectile, Type 18, 150mm


German Designation: 15cm K. Gr. 18 (Kanone Granate 18)

Employment: 15cm K.18
                       15cm K. 39
                        15cm K. (E)


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 27.35 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.86 inches
Total weight (projectile): 94.75 pounds

No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 32.07 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.007 inches
Type of propellant: Tubular Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze AZ 23 v.; or
Time and percussion fuze Dopp. Z. a/90


Packaging: One projectile to a wicker basket - 102.3 pounds.









Rodded Bomb for Heavy Infantry Gun 33, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Stielgranat 42

Employment: 15cm s.I.G. 33


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 50.5 inches
Maximum diameter: 11.5 inches
Total weight (projectile): 105 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 60 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: 40/60 Amatol
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 4.448 inches
Diameter at case mouth: 6.102 inches
Diameter at case base: 6.653 inches
Weight of propellant: 12.1 pounds

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze Wgr. Z. 36

Markings: Painted field grey, stencilled in black.
"13 A" stencilled on nose.


Remarks: It is presumed that a stick unit fits over cup at the base of the bomb; this cup has a machined surface.  The stick unit has not been recovered but is reported to weigh 48.4 pounds and leaves projectile 150 yards from muzzle of the gun.

This projectile is used against personnel and to clear minefields and wire obstacles.






H.E. Projectile, Type 18, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Gr. 18 (Granate 18)

Employment: 15cm s.F.H. 13


Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 24.605 inches
Overall length w/ fuze (projectile): 21.062 inches
Overall length w/o fuze (projectile): 19.842 inches
Distance from base to band: 0.905 inches
Width of bimetallic rotating band: 0.59 inches
Diameter of base: 5.905 inches
Total weight (projectile): 89.76 pounds

No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 4.448 inches
Diameter at case mouth: 6.102 inches
Diameter at case base: 6.653 inches

Fuze: Nose percussion fuzes AZ 23 umg; AZ 23m 2 V umg; or
Time and percussion fuzes Dopp Z s/60s, Dopp Z s/60 lm.

Markings: Painted field grey, stencilled in black.
"13 A" stencilled on nose.


Packaging: One projectile in wicker basket - 94.1 pounds







H.E. Projectile, Type 19, for Heavy Field Howitzer, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Gr. 19 (Granate 19)

Employment: 15cm s.F.H. 18
                       15cm s.F.H. 13
                  15cm s.H.T.

Dimensions
Overall length w/AZ fuze (complete round): 31.218 inches
Overall length w/Dopp.Z. fuze (complete round): 33.778 inches
Overall length w/AZ fuze (projectile): 24.211 inches
Overall length w/Dopp.Z. fuze (projectile): 26.771 inches
Distance from base to band: 3.22 inches
Width of rotating bands: 0.472 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.825 inches
Diameter of base: 5.196 inches
Total weight (projectile): 95.7 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 9.46 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: TNT + smoke box at base
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 10.255 inches
Diameter at case neck: 6.338 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.007 inches
Weight of case: 11.750 pounds
Weight of propellant: 4.1 pounds
Type of propellant: Flaked Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuzes AZ 23, AZ 23 m. 2 V umg, or;
Time and Percussion fuzes Dopp.Z.s/60s, or Dopp.Z.s/60 lm.

Markings: Painted green

Packaging: One projectile to a wicker basket - 100 pounds.

 Remarks: There is also a projectile designated: "15cm Gr. 19 mit Zdlg 35/2000" of approximately the same dimensions but with poured TNT filler.  It has "35/2000" stencilled on the body.








H.E. Projectile for Gun 16, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Hbgr. 16 (Haube granate 16)

Employment: 15cm K. 16

Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 29.59 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.86 inches
Diameter of base: 5.89 inches
Total weight (projectile): 113 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: TNT in cardboard container
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 28.54 inches
Diameter at case base: 5.929 inches
Type of propellant: Tubular Nitroglycerine and Nitrocellulose with Nitroguanadine.

Fuze: Nose percussion fuzes Hbgr. Z. 17/23, 17/23 umg; or
Time and percussion fuze Dopp. Z. 16mK or 16mF.


Packaging: One projectile to a wicker basket - 118.8 pounds.

 Remarks: There is also a round designated "15cm Hbgr. 16 umg" using fuzes AZ. f. Hbgr. or Dopp. Z. s/60 (Ms).  It is the same weight and employs the same propellant charges.











H.E. Projectile for Heavy Infantry Gun, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Jgr. 38 (Jaeger 38)

Employment: 15cm s.I.G. 33


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 25.747 inches
Width of bimetallic or soft iron rotating band: 0.433 inches
Diameter of base: 5.905 inches
Total weight (projectile): 83.6 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 18.26 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: TNT plus smoke box
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 4.448 inches
Diameter at case mouth: 6.102 inches
Diameter at case base: 6.653 inches
Weight of propellant: 1.2 pounds
Type of propellant: Flaked Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze s. Jgr. Z. 23

Markings: Painted green.

Packaging: One projectile to a wicker basket


Remarks: When this projectile has been fired, there will be 44 engravings on its rotating band.  There is also a round designated "15cm Jgr. 33" which is similar except that the projectile has a screwed-in base plate.








H.E. Projectile, Type L 4/5 with Base Fuze and Ballistic Cap, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Sprgr. L 4/5 Bd. Z. m. Haube
                                                                  (Sprenggranate Ladung 4/5 Boden Zunder mit Haube)

Employment: 15cm K. ins. Mrs. Laf.


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 26.7 inches
Total weight (projectile): 100 pounds

No tracer


Fuze: Base detonating fuze Bd. Z. C/38






Next Time: 150mm Projectiles Part 3

Monday, 26 June 2017

German Projectiles - 150mm Projectiles Part 1







German Projectiles










Solid Shot Projectile, 150mm




German Designation: 15cm Kt.

Employment: 15cm s.H.T.

Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 16.495 inches
Diameter of base: 5.905 inches
Total weight (projectile): 88 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: None
No tracer

Fuze: None

Packaging: One projectile in a wicker basket - 94.6 pounds


 Remarks: Information is from captured documents only.












H.E. Projectile, Type 36, 150mm




German Designation: 15cm Gr. 36 FES (Granate 36 FES)

Employment: 15cm s.F.H. 18

Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 28.916 inches
Overall length (projectile): 23.07 inches
Distance from base to band: 4.409 inches
Width of sintered iron rotating band: 0.866 inches
Diameter of base: 5.196 inches
Total weight (projectile): 84.7 pounds

No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 10.255 inches
Diameter at case mouth: 6.338 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.007 inches

Fuze: Nose percussion fuzes AZ 23, 23 umg, AZ 23 m. 2 V umg, or;
Time and Percussion fuzes Dopp.Z.s/60s, or Dopp.Z.s/60 lm.

Markings: Painted green


 Remarks: Information is from captured documents only.

After firing, rotating band will bear 40 engravings.









Hollow Charge Projectile, Type 39, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Gr. 19 HL (15cm Granate 19 Hohl Ladung)

Employment: 15cm s.F.H. 18
                       15cm s.F.H. 13

Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 22.834 inches
Diameter of base: 5.905 inches
Total weight (projectile): 54.076 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: Cyclonite/Wax
Tracer present

Overall length (cartridge case): 10.225 inches
Diameter at case neck: 6.338 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.007 inches

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze Kl AZ 40 Nb

Markings: Painted green.

Packaging: One projectile in a wicker basket - 58.3 pounds

 Remarks: Information is from captured documents only.

After firing from s.F.H. 18, rotating band will bear 40 engravings.









A.P. Projectile, Type L 3/8, with Ballistic Cap, 150mm




German Designation: 15cm Pzsprgr. L 3/8 m. Haube (Panzersprenggranate Ladung 3/8 mit Haube)

Employment: 15cm K. ins Mrs. Laf.
               Naval 15cm Gun


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 21.771 inches
Total weight (projectile): 99.66 pounds

No tracer

Fuze: Nose Percussion fuze Bd. Z. C/38

Markings: Painted blue for naval use.

Packaging: One projectile in wicker basket - 100 pounds


 Remarks: This projectile is used interchangeably in land and naval weapons.






H.E. Projectile, Type L 4/5, with Nose Fuze and Ballistic Cap, 150mm




German Designation: 15cm Sprgr. L 4/5 Kz m. Haube
                                                                      (Sprenggranate Ladung 3/8 Kopfzunder mit Haube)

Employment: 15cm K. ins Mrs. Laf.


Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 26.7 inches
Total weight (projectile): 100 pounds

No tracer

Fuze: Nose Percussion fuze Kz. C/27 lm. or St., or;
Time and Percussion fuze M. Dopp. Z. s/60 St.


Packaging: One projectile in wicker basket - 105.6 pounds







Anti-Concrete Projectile, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Gr. 19 rot Be ( Granate 19 rot Beton)

Employment: 15cm K. 18
                         15cm K 39
                        15cm K. (E)

Dimensions
Overall length (projectile): 25.25 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.86 inches
Total weight (projectile): 95.37 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 7.12 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: TNT
Tracer present

Overall length (cartridge case): 32.07 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.007 inches
Type of propellant: Tubular Diglycol

Fuze: Base detonation fuze Bd. Z. f. 15cm Gr. 19 Be.

Markings: Red band above rotating bands.

Packaging: One projectile in a wicker basket - 102 pounds.









H.E. Projectile, Type 19 with Gaine 36, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Gr. 19 mit Zdlg 36 (Granate 19 mit Zundladung 36)

Employment: 15cm s.F.H. 18

Dimensions
Overall length w/AZ fuze (complete round): 31.239 inches
Overall length w/Dopp.Z. fuze (complete round): 33.799 inches
Overall length w/AZ fuze (projectile): 24.211 inches
Overall length w/Dopp.Z. fuze (projectile): 26.771 inches
Distance from base to band: 3.22 inches
Width of rotating band: 0.472 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.825 inches
Diameter of base: 5.196 inches
Total weight (projectile): 95.7 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 11.22 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: Poured TNT
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 10.255 inches
Diameter at case neck: 6.338 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.007 inches
Type of propellant: Flaked Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuzes AZ 23, 23 umg, AZ 23 m. 2 V umg, or;
Time and Percussion fuzes Dopp.Z.s/60s, or Dopp.Z.s/60 lm.

Markings: Painted green

Packaging: One projectile to a wicker basket - 100 pounds.

 Remarks: After firing, projectile will bear 40 engravings on rotating band.











H.E. Projectile of Cast Steel, 150mm



German Designation: 15cm Gr. 19 Stg. (Granate 19 Stg.)

Employment: 15cm s.F.H. 18
                       15cm s.F.H. 13
                  15cm s.H.T.

Dimensions
Overall length w/AZ fuze (complete round): 30.431 inches
Overall length w/Dopp.Z. fuze (complete round): 32.991 inches
Overall length w/AZ fuze (projectile): 23.424 inches
Overall length w/Dopp.Z. fuze (projectile): 25.984 inches
Distance from base to band: 3.228 inches
Width of rotating band: 0.472 inches
Diameter of bourrelet: 5.826 inches
Diameter of base: 5.196 inches
Total weight (projectile): 95.7 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 9.68 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: Poured TNT + smoke box below gaine
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 10.255 inches
Diameter at case mouth: 6.338 inches
Diameter at case base: 7.007 inches
Weight of case: 11.750 pounds
Type of propellant: Flaked Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuzes AZ 23, 23 umg, AZ 23 m. 2 V umg, or;
Time and Percussion fuzes Dopp.Z.s/60s, or Dopp.Z.s/60 lm.

Markings: Painted green, stencilled in black.

Packaging: One projectile to a wicker basket - 100 pounds.

 Remarks:This projectile is made of cast steel.



Next Time: 150mm Projectiles Part 2

Monday, 19 June 2017

German Projectiles - 105mm Projectiles Part 2







German Projectiles










Hollow Charge Projectile, Type B, 105mm



German Designation: 10cm Gr. 39 HL/B (Granate 39 Hohl Ladung/B)

Employment: 10cm LFH 16
                       10cm LFH 18
                           10cm LFH 18 M
                    10cm LG 40
                    10cm LG 42

Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 23.76 inches
Overall length w/ fuze (projectile): 19.803 inches
Distance from base to band: 2.165 inches
Width of rotating band: 0.669 inches
Diameter of base: 4.074 inches
Total weight (projectile): 26.719 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: Cyclonite/Wax/TNT
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 6.125 inches
Diameter at case neck: 4.375 inches
Diameter at case shoulder: 4.5 inches
Diameter at case base: 4.937 inches
Weight of propellant: 1.54 pounds
Type of propellant: Flaked Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze AZ 38

Markings: Painted green, with red band above rotating band


 Remarks: When used with LG 40, rotating band is 0.59 inches in width.

When projectile has been fired from LFH 16 there will be 32 engravings on the band.












Hollow Charge Projectile, Type C, 105mm



German Designation: 10cm Gr. 39 rot HL/C (Granate 39 rot Hohl Ladung/C)

Employment: 10cm LFH 16
                       10cm LFH 18
                           10cm LFH 18 M
                    10cm LG 40
                    10cm LG 42

Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 23.76 inches
Overall length w/ fuze (projectile): 19.803 inches
Distance from base to band: 2.165 inches
Width of rotating band: 0.65 inches
Diameter of base: 4.074 inches
Total weight (projectile): 26.875 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 3.286 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: Cyclonite/Wax/TNT
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 6.125 inches
Diameter at case neck: 4.375 inches
Diameter at case shoulder: 4.5 inches
Diameter at case base: 4.937 inches
Weight of propellant: 1.54 pounds
Type of propellant: Flaked Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze AZ 38

Markings: Painted green, with red band above rotating band


 Remarks: When used with LG 40, rotating band is 0.59 inches in width.

When projectile has been fired from LFH 16 there will be 32 engravings on the band.









Incendiary Projectile, 105mm

No picture available

German Designation: 10cm F.H. Gr. Sprg. Brand. (Feld Hautbitze Granate Spreng Brand)

Employment: 10cm LFH 16
                       10cm LFH 18
                           10cm LFH 18 M

Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 18.29 inches
Overall length (projectile): 15.55 inches
Distance from base to band: 3.385 inches
Diameter of base: 3.346 inches
Weight of bursting charge: 34.81 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: TNT and Incendiary composition
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 6.125 inches
Diameter at case neck: 4.375 inches
Diameter at case shoulder: 4.5 inches
Diameter at case base: 4.937 inches
Weight of propellant: 1.54 pounds
Type of propellant: Flaked Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze AZ 23v

Markings: Painted grey, stencilled in black
"BR" stencilled on body


 Remarks: When projectile has been fired from LFH 16 there will be 32 engravings on the band.









H.E. Projectile, Model 15, for Skoda Howitzer, 105mm




German Designation: Not known

Employment: 10cm Skoda Howitzer


Dimensions (Type I)
Overall length w/o fuze (projectile): 15.12 inches
Distance from base to band: 0.58 inches
Width of rotating band: 0.55 inches
Total weight (projectile): 28.62 pounds
Type of Bursting Charge: TNT
No tracer


Dimensions (Type II)
Overall length w/o fuze (projectile): 15.12 inches
Distance from base to band: 1.57 inches
Width of rotating band: 0.55 inches
Total weight (projectile): 28.62 pounds
Type of Bursting Charge: TNT
No tracer


Markings: Unpainted


 Remarks: The position of the rotating band, it will be noted, is the only distinction between these two projectiles.

These projectiles have fallen into German hands in considerable quantities and are reported to be in use with the German Army.






H.E. Projectile, Models 23 and 28, for Skoda Howitzer, 105mm




German Designation: Not known

Employment: 10cm Skoda Howitzer


Dimensions (Type I)
Overall length (projectile): 15.83 inches
Distance from base to band: 0.59 inches
Width of rotating band: 0.51 inches
Total weight (projectile): 30.6 pounds
Type of Bursting Charge: TNT
No tracer
Markings: Painted yellow


Dimensions (Type II)
Overall length (projectile): 18.56 inches
Distance from base to band: 2.74 inches
Width of rotating band: 0.63 inches
Total weight (projectile): 31.21 pounds
Type of Bursting Charge: TNT
No tracer
Markings: Unpainted


 Remarks: These projectiles have fallen into German hands in considerable quantities and are reported to be in use with the German Army.






H.E. Projectile, Type L/4.4 Kz., 105mm



German Designation: 10cm Sprgr. Patr. L/4.4 Kz. (Sprengranate Patrone Ladung/4.4 Kopfzunder)

Employment: 10cm Flak 38
                       10cm Flak 39

Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 46 inches
Overall length w/o fuze (projectile): 14.369 inches
Distance from base to band: 2.48 inches
Width of rotating band: 0.669 inches
Diameter of base: 4.133 inches
Total weight (projectile): 33.2 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 3.3 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: TNT
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 30.17 inches
Diameter at case neck: 4.204 inches
Diameter at case shoulder: 4.628 inches
Diameter at case base: 5.45 inches
Weight of propellant: 10.9 pounds
Type of propellant: Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze AZ 23/28v or Mechanical time fuze Zt. Z. s/30

Markings: Painted yellow


 Remarks: There are two cannelures below the rotating band on this projectile. When fired, projectile will be found with 36 engravings on the rotating band.









H.E. Projectile, Type 19, 105mm



German Designation: Gr. 19 Kz 13 (Granate 19 Kopfzunder 13)

Employment: s. 10cm K 18
                              10cm K.T.  
                     lg. 10cm K.T.

Dimensions
Overall length (complete round): 33.09 inches
Overall length w/ fuze (projectile): 19.17 inches
Distance from base to band: 3.582 inches
Width of rotating band: 0.669 inches
Diameter of base: 3.464 inches
Total weight (projectile): 32.58 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 3.5 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: TNT
No tracer

Overall length (cartridge case): 17.5 inches
Diameter at case neck: 4.41 inches
Diameter at case base: 5.12 inches
Weight of propellant: 12.85 pounds
Type of propellant: Tubular Diglycol

Fuze: Nose percussion fuze AZ 23v or Time and percussion fuze Dopp. Z. s/60

Markings: Painted green


 Remarks: When fired from s. 10cm K 18 projectile will bear 36 engravings on rotating band.











H.E. Projectile, with disintegrating band, 105mm



German Designation: Not known

Employment: 10cm Flak 38
                       10cm Flak 37

Dimensions
Total weight (projectile): 23.1 pounds
Weight of bursting charge: 1.1 pounds

Type of Bursting Charge: TNT
No tracer


Fuze: Nose percussion fuze AZ 23v

Markings: Painted yellow

Packaging: One in a wooden crate.


 Remarks: At the shoulder of the projectile is a detachable guide band.  This band is trisected by cuts almost completely through the band and the complete band, which is a push fit on the shoulder, it is held in position by three ball bearings.  These are seated in cavities spaced equally round the periphery of the shoulder of the shell and project into cylindrical drillings through each segment of the guide band.  The drillings are threaded towards the outer circumference and the ball bearings after insertion are finally located by screws which seat the outer surface of the bearings.  After insertion of the balls and the positioning of the three screws, therefore, the guide band is firmly attached to the shell body, but should trisection of the guide band be completed, each segment, together with its retaining ball, would therefore be free to fall away from the shell body.

The rotating band holder is located at the base of the shell, which is keyed to receive it.  The holder itself is in three detached segments held in position only by the soft iron driving band.  Movement is prevented by three cylindrical pieces fitting into cavities located in the shell body and the driving band holder.  There are also three cylindrical pins between the segments.

It is believed that after leaving the gun the guide band and the rotating band holder are each split into three separate segments which, together with the ball bearings, pins and cylindrical pieces retaining them, are flung off.  The remaining projectile is then of much better aero-dynamic shape than is possible with a conventional projectile.





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