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German Ordnance of WWII

Overview

Germany in WWII

Abbreviations!

It's important to distinguish the difference between sK and SK, and k and K.

  • FH = Feldhaubitze (Field Howitzer)
  • KwK = Kampfwagenkanone (Armoured Vehicle Cannon)
  • FlaK = Flugabwehrkanone (Anti-Aircraft Cannon)
  • PaK = Panzerabwehrkanone (Anti-Tank Cannon)
  • K = Kanone (Cannon)
  • PaW = Panzerabwehrwerfer (Anti-Tank [shell] Thrower)
  • sPzB = schwere Panzerbüchse (Heavy [anti] Tank Rifle)
  • leIG = leichter infanteriegeschütz (Light Infantry Gun)
  • Geb = Gerbirgs (Mountain)
  • H = Haubitze (Howitzer)
  • FK = Feldkanone (Field Cannon)
  • G = Geschütz (Gun/Cannon)
  • s = schwere(r) (Heavy)
  • le = leichte(r) (Light)
  •  ? = mittlere(r) (Medium)
  • k or kz = Kurze (Short)
  • NbW = Nebelwerfer (Smoke Thrower (Actually Rocket))
  • LdgW = Ladungswerfer (Charge Thrower)
  • GrW = Granatenwerfer (Grenade Thrower)
  • WG = Wurfgerät (Throw Device)
  • WuR = Wurfrahmen (Throw Framework)
  • SK = Schiffkanone (Ship Cannon)
  • Mrs = Mörser (Mortar)
  • Mrn = Marine (Naval)
  • E = Eisenbahnlafette (..on railroad mounting)
  • Th = Theodore (A name)
  • Br = Bruno (A name)
  • C = Construktionjahr (Construction Year) (Actually spelled Konstruktionjahr)
  • StuK = Sturmkanone (Assault Cannon, assault gun)
  • StuH = Sturmhaubitze (Assault Howitzer)

Notes

  • Germany used a comma (,) instead of periods (.) to denote decimals, an example is the 3,7cm FlaK 36, which is actually 3.7cm or 37mm.

Ordnance

Tank Cannons

These are cannons that are made specifically for tanks.

  • 2cm KwK 30
  • 2cm KwK 38
  • 3,7cm KwK 34(t)
  • 3,7cm KwK 36
  • 3,7cm KwK 38(t)
  • 5cm KwK 38
  • 5cm KwK 39
  • 7,5cm KwK 37
  • 7,5cm KwK 40
  • 7,5cm KwK 42
  • 7,5cm StuK 40
  • 8,8cm KwK 36
  • 8,8cm KwK 43
  • 8,8cm PaK 43/1
  • 8,8cm PaK 43/2
  • 10,5cm StuH 42
  • 10,5cm sK 18
  • 12,8cm KwK 44
  • 15cm KwK 44
  • 15cm StuH 43
  • 17,3cm KwK 44

Field Guns & Cannon

These are cannons that are not used against tanks, and are direct fire. These can be mounted in tanks, making the tank an 'Assault Gun or Self-Propelled Gun'

  • 7,5cm FK 16 nA
  • 7,5cm FK 18
  • 7,5cm FK 38
  • 7,5cm FK 7M85
  • 10cm K 17
  • 10cm sK 18
  • 10,5cm leFH 16
  • 10,5cm leFH 18
  • 10,5cm leFH 18M
  • 10,5cm leFH 18/40
  • 10,5cm sK 18/40
  • 12,8cm K 44
  • 12,8cm K 81/1
  • 12,8cm K 81/2
  • 12,8cm K 81/3
  • 15cm sFH 13
  • 15cm sFH 18
  • 15cm K 16
  • 15cm K 18
  • 15cm K 39
  • 15cm SK C/28
  • 17cm K 18
  • 21cm Mrs 16
  • 21cm Mrs 18

Infantry & Mountain Guns

These are cannons that use gravity to hit targets at medium range, and light and small enough for infantry to move them.

  • 7,5cm leIG 18
  • 7,5cm IG 37
  • 7,5cm IG 42
  • 7,5cm GebH 34
  • 7,5cm GebG 36
  • 10,5cm GebH 40
  • 15cm sIG 33

Recoilless Guns

  • 7,5cm LG 40
  • 10,5cm LG 40
  • 10,5cm LG 42

Howitzers & Siege Artillery

These are cannons that use gravity to hit long range targets. These can be mounted in tanks, making the tank a 'Self-Propelled Artillery' piece.

  • 10cm H 30(t)
  • 21cm K 38
  • 21cm K 39
  • 24cm H 39
  • 24cm K 16(t)
  • 24cm K ?
  • 24cm K 3
  • 28cm H
  • 35,5cm H M1
  • 42cm Gamma Mrs
  • 42cm kurze Marinekanone
  • 52cm Langar Gustav
  • 60cm Karl-Gerät "Thor"

Anti-Tank Guns

These are cannons that are meant to take out vehicles. These can be mounted in tanks, but AT Guns that are in tanks are normally made for the tank (KwK), exceptions apply. (Jagdtiger uses 12,8cm PaK 80)

  • 2,8cm sPzB 41
  • 3,7cm PaK 36
  • 4,2cm PaK 41
  • 4,7cm PaK 36(t)
  • 5cm PaK 48
  • 7,5cm PaK 97/38
  • 7,5cm PaK 39
  • 7,5cm PaK 40
  • 7,5cm PaK 41
  • 7,5cm PaK 42
  • 7,62cm PaK 36(r)
  • 8cm PaW 600 | 8H63
  • 8,8 Pak 43
  • 12,8cm PaK 44
  • 12,8cm PaK 80

Anti-Aircraft Guns

  • 2cm FlaK 30
  • 2cm FlaK 38
  • 2cm Flakvierling 38
  • 2cm C/30
  • 2cm GebFlaK 38
  • 3,7cm FlaK 18
  • 3,7cm FlaK 36
  • 3,7cm FlaK 37
  • 3,7cm FlaK 43
  • 5cm FlaK 41
  • 8,8cm FlaK 18
  • 8,8cm FlaK 36
  • 8,8cm FlaK 37
  • 8,8cm FlaK 41
  • 10,5cm FlaK 38
  • 10,5cm SK C/33
  • 12,8cm FlaK 40

Heavy Mortars

  • 10cm NbW 35
  • 10cm NbW 40
  • 20cm leLdgW
  • 21cm GrW 69
  • 38cm LdgW

Rocket Artillery

  • 7,3cm Föhn-Gerät
  • 7,3cm Propagandawerfer 41
  • 8cm Raketen-Vielfachwerfer
  • 8,8cm RW 43
  • 15cm Do-Gerät
  • 15cm NbW 41
  • 21cm NbW 42
  • 28/32cm NbW 41
    • sWG 40
    • sWG 41
  • 28/32cm sWuR 40
  • 30cm NbW 42
  • 30cm RW 56
  • 38cm RW 61

Railroad Artillery

  • 15cm K (E)
  • 17cm K (E)
  • 20.3cm K (E)
  • 21cm K 12 (E)
  • 24cm Th K (E)
  • 24cm ThBr K (E)
  • 28cm kzBr K (E)
  • 28cm lgBr K (E)
  • 28cm sBr K (E)
  • 28cm Br NK (E)
  • 28cm K 5 (E)
  • 38cm Siegfried K (E)
  • 80cm K (E) "schwerer Gustav"
  • 80cm K (E) "Dora"

Naval Guns

  • 28cm SK C/34
  • 40,6cm SK C/34

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