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CHAPTER VII. WEAPONS
Section IV. ARTILLERY
3. Mountain Guns
a. 75-MM MOUNTAIN HOWITZER (7.5 cm Geb. G. 36). (1) General description. The 7.5 cm Geb. G. 36 is the standard German light mountain howitzer. The monobloc tube may be fitted with either a baffled or a perforated cylindrical muzzle brake. Both the buffer and recuperator are below the tube. The breachblock is a horizontal sliding type, and the mount has split-box trails, solid rubber tires, but no shield. The howitzer may be quickly broken down into 11 pack loads, the heaviest of which are the tube (249 pounds), and the cradle and recoil system (250 pounds).
(3) Ammunition. HE and hollow-charge projectiles are fired. The HE projectiles weigh 12.6 pounds, and 12.81 pounds. The hollow-charge projectile weighs 9.75 pounds.
b. 105-MM MOUNTAIN HOWITZER (10.5 cm Geb. H. 40). (1) General description. This weapon is the latest German mountain artillery piece to appear. It is fitted with a double-baffle muzzle brake with wide side flanges, and has a horizontal sliding breechblock and cartridge case obturation. The split-trail carriage is mounted on light alloy wheels. For transport the weapon is disassembled into nine loads, the heaviest of which is the barrel and muzzle brake (551 pounds).
(3) Ammunition. The 10.5 cm Geb. H. 40 fires semi-fixed HE, smoke, star, and hollow-charge ammunition. The HE projectile weighs 32.6 pounds.
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