The 10.5cm leFH 18 howitzer was introduced into service with the German army in 1935 and continued to be used throughout the war. In 1940 a more powerful charged round was introduced to increase the howitzer’s range out from 10,675 to 12,325 metres.
To help the recoil mechanism to cope with the increased recoil a muzzle brake was added to the end of the barrel.
Though the 10.5cm leFH 18 howitzer is a reasonably modern design is was still very heavy and all but impossible for the crew to move quickly, and even then not without the aid of a tractor of limber team.
Even in the later part of the war it still could be towed by horse-drawn limber teams as well as half-tracked or fully-tracked tractors such as the Sd Kfz 11 or RSO.
The projectile was separated from the load. The crew could select from six different loads according to the range they wanted.
In Flames Of War
The 10.5cm leFH18 howitzer can be used to support any German company, usually in their standard batteries of four guns.
It has good range (24”/60cm direct, 72”/180cm firing bombardments) and excellent anti-tank and firepower (AT 10 direct, 4 bombardments; FP 2+ direct, 4+ bombardments). It can fire both Smoke direct and Smoke bombardments.