M40 75mm recoilless gun

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Daniel L
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Post by Daniel L » 14 Oct 2002 20:44

LG 40 means that it's leicht geschütz model 1940. I dont' think that the examples captured made an impact on the technology. Do you know when the russian guns were made?

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 14 Oct 2002 23:00

Charlie,
The guns were of mod35, my source also states that they appeared into field use in 1937. The other gun is at our War museum in Helsinki. Perhaps someone (local member?) could go and check the exact year.
Some technical data:
Barrel lenght: 30 cal
Projectile weight: 4,7kg
Range: 6,5km
Weight in action: 200kg

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Post by Daniel L » 14 Oct 2002 23:03

Personally I think these kind of weapons were kept secret but they probably had some things in common and there were probably some 'lending'.

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Post by Ron V » 21 Oct 2002 19:26

Yes, Volstad was aware that the wheels could be removed! :wink: However, virtually every photo of this gun in use shows the wheels still attached. It rather makes sense. The LG40 left a rather noticeable signature of dust and debris from the backblast and it probably wasn't wise to fire from a single location more than once or twice. I expect that the preference of the users was to be ready for a quick change of position.

I've subsequently had a chance to examine the LG40 at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Canadian War museum and indeed, with the tripod legs in place, it is NOT necessary to remove the wheels.

A further note in regards to these two museum guns is that they differed noticeably in carriage details while the gun tube and breech seem to be the same. Both versions are identifiable in wartime photos but I'm no certain that they are the variants described in the comments already posted!

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Post by Daniel L » 21 Oct 2002 19:55

Thanks for sharing this information Ron, I'm glad to see that you've joined the forum, welcome! I would also like to thank you for all the wonderful art that you have contributed with during the years, Panzergrenadiers in action was the first ww2 book that I bought.

The gun, as you say, was probably changing position very often. It makes sense when one comes to think of it.

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Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 21 Oct 2002 22:54

Also, the Germans considered mounting 2 o fthem on a Pz.Kpfw. IV turret.

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Re: M40 75mm recoilless gun

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 11 Jun 2019 08:37

Were the German recoilless guns ever used during the defense of Berlin,Germany in April of 1945?

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