10 cm K 04

10 cm Kanone 04
A K 04 at the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum, Ft. Sill, OK
TypeField gun
Place of originGerman Empire
Service history
In service1905-1918/1915-1945
Used by German Empire
WarsWorld War I
Production history
Variants10 cm K 04/12
Mass2,428 kg (5,353 lbs)
Barrel length4.725 m (15.5 ft) (L/35)

ShellFixed QF
Shell weight18.5 kg (41 lb)[1]
Caliber105 mm (4.13 in)
Breechvertical sliding-wedge
RecoilHydro-spring variable recoil
CarriageBox trail
Elevation-5° to +30°
Traverse3° 59'
Rate of fire1 round per 2 minutes
Muzzle velocity551 m/s (1,808 ft/s)
Effective firing range10,398 m (11,264 yards)

The 10 cm Kanone 04 (10 cm K 04) was a field gun used by Germany in World War I. It was the second heavy gun with modern recoil system accepted by the German Army. It was produced as a replacement for the 10 cm K 99 and the lange 15 cm Kanone 92. Although the standard version lacked a gunshield, some models, such as the 10 cm K 04/12, were fitted with a special gunshield and some other minor modifications. There was only 32 in service at the outbreak of the war.[2]

It could be transported in one load by a team of six horses, or it could be broken down into 2 loads (tandem hitches) for crossing rough terrain.



  1. ^ Chamberlain, Peter (1975). Light and medium field artillery. Gander, Terry. New York: Arco. p. 30. ISBN 0668038209. OCLC 2067331.
  2. ^ Jäger, p. 29

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