7.7 cm Infanteriegeschütz L/20
|7.7 cm Infanteriegeschütz L/20|
|Place of origin||German Empire|
|Used by||German Empire|
|Wars||World War I|
|Mass||815 kg (1,797 lb)|
|Barrel length||1.54 m (5 ft 1 in) L/20|
|Shell||6.85 kg (15 lb 2 oz)|
|Caliber||77 mm (3.03 in)|
|Elevation||-7° to +30°|
|Muzzle velocity||approx. 400 m/s (1,312 ft/s)|
|Maximum firing range||5,000 m (5,500 yd) (HE shell)|
Krupp mounted a shortened 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 n.A on one of their mountain howitzer carriages. It fired the full range of ammunition of the FK 96 n.A., but generally only with a reduced charge, although it retained the capacity to fire the old full-power charges that gave a maximum muzzle velocity of 435 m/s (1427 ft/s). It also used a new full-power anti-tank round. Generally, it broke down into two loads for transport, although it could break down into a maximum of eight loads.
While generally liked by the troops, it was thought to be too heavy and slow to break down and reassemble. The German search for a better infantry gun that maximized the use of existing components continued with Krupp's 7.7 cm Infanteriegeschütz L/27.
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