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The 38 cm guns


Technical data:

Designation 38 cm. 52 S.K.C/34
Class Bismarck
Year of Design 1934
Year of Manufacturing 1940
Manufacturer Krupp
Gun Weight (Incl. Breech Mechanism) appx. 111.000 kg
Gun Weight (Incl. Turret) appx. 650.000 kg
Gun Length 19,630 cm
Bore Length 18,405 cm
Rifling Length 15,982 cm
Chamber Volume 319 dm3
Barrel Life appx. 290 rounds
Rate of Fire 2,3 to 3 rounds/minute
Velocity 800 kg AP Shell: 820 mps
495 kg HE Shell: 1.050 mps
Elevation (min/max) -30o / +55o
Range 800 kg AP Shell: appx. 42.000 m
495 kg HE Shell: appx. 55.000 m
Armor Penetration (800 kg AP Shell) 4.572 m : 616 mm
10.000 m : 510 mm
18.000 m : 419 mm
22.000 m : 393 mm
27.000 m : 304 mm
Turret C/39

Source: Naval Weapons of the World

Cross Section of the Gun Turret


Inside the Gun Turret


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