Light Artillery Battery (Fallschirmjäger)
7.5cm GebG36 Mountain Gun / 10.5cm LG40
The Pack contains 2 gun sections that can either be armed with the 7.5cm GebG36 gun or the 10.5cm LG40 plus a command team and an observer team. Contains: 2 x 7.5cm GebG35 guns, 2 x 10.5cm LG40 guns, 1 command team (3 miniatures) and 10 crew. 2 Large bases, 1 small base.
In Flames of War
The Fallschirmjäger Light Artillery Battery can be fielded as an airborne Glider Light Artillery Battery as a support choice in an air droppable support platoon or, two packs can be used to field the ground operations Light Artillery Battery support platoon.
7.5cm GebG36 Gebirgsgeschutz 36
In 1935 Rheinmetall-Borsig AG started to design a 7.5cm gun that would go on to become the standard artillery weapon of Germany’s mountain infantry, the Gebirgsjäger.
After development the weapon entered service in 1938 as the 7.5cm GebG36. The split trail allowed for high elevation and the recoil system was ’variable, automatically shortening the recoil as the elevation increased. It was fitted with lightweight disc wheels with solid rubber tyres and initially had no shield to save weight, but one was added later. It was fitted with a perforated muzzle brake to reduce recoil. The whole gun could be broken down into eight separate loads, which became one of the primary reasons the gun was also adopted by the Fallschirmjäger. Broken down the gun could be easily loaded into a Ju-52 aircraft for transport to the combat zone once the Fallschirmjäger had secured a landing area. The GebG36 was well liked by its users and it remained in service throughout the war.
Length of gun: 1447.5mm
Length of bore: 972mm (L19.3)
Breech mechanism: Horizontal sliding block
Elevation: -2º to +70º
Max gun range: 9200 meters
Weight: 750 kg 10.5cm LG40 Gun
10.5cm Leichtgeshuutz 40, LG 2/Kp
Designed by Krupp, the 10.5 cm LG40 was essentially an enlarged version of the 7.5cm LG40 gun. It was made in two versions, the LG 40/1 with an alloy mount and LG 40/2 with a steel mount.
The LG40 was introduced into service in 1943 and was basically a scaled up version of the 7.5cm LG40, utilising the same principles for firing. It was placed on a new box trail that could be fitted with a gun shield when required. The 10.5cm LG40 could be dropped in four containers and also fitted easily into transport aircraft such as the JU-52. It could also be dropped whole by parachute secured in a tubular framework. The gun fired both HE and hollow-charge projectiles. The firing of the gun created, through the discharge of the propellant gases rearward, a danger zone approximately 20 meters wide and 50 meters long to the sides and rear of the gun.
The LG40 was also used by other light troops such as Gebirgsjäger as it made a good pack weapon. The weapon and carriage was designed for rapid dismantling and assembly.
Length of gun: 1902mm
Length of bore: 1380mm (L13)
Breech mechanism: Recoilless Rifle
Elevation: -15º to +40º
Max gun range: 7950 meters
Weight: 388 kg