Saturday, 5 May 2012

German 75mm Infantry Guns & Tank Turrets

Completed and painted a 75mm Infantry Gun platoon and finished up my leftover tank turret defenses.

The IG platoon is quite a cheap way to bulk up your platoon count as well as providing valuable defensive fire during a charge by enemy units over their screening units.

The standard German infantry was 7.5 cm leichtes Infanteriegesch├╝tz 18 in WW2.
Development of the gun began in 1927, by Rheinmetall. The crew was protected by an armoured 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. The Germans would typically assign two of these 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 4x140 kg loads. The airborne variant had smaller wheels and no shield. There was also an infantry support gun, known as the 7.5 cm Infanteriegesch├╝tz L/13 which was designed as a replacement for the le.IG 18, this gun 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. (wikipedia)

Weight 400 kilograms (880 lb)
Barrel length 88 cm (3 ft) L/11.2
Crew 5
Shell cased cartridge
Shell weight 6 kilograms (13 lb)
Caliber 75 millimetres (3.0 in)
Breech Shotgun-type block
Carriage split trail
Elevation -10° to 73°
Traverse 12°
Rate of fire 8-12 rpm
Muzzle velocity 210 m/s (690 ft/s)
Maximum range 3,550 m (3,880 yd)

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