38 cm SK C/34

The 38 cm SK C/34 coastal gun, is a variant of the guns manufactured by Krupp for German Bismarck class battleships and other ship classes that were finally canceled. After cancellation of German ships and a canceled sale to the USSR, for Kronstadt class battlecruisers, it was decided to give another use to these magnificent guns. In 1940 Krupp decided to modify these guns by adding a larger camera in order to be able to use more propellant and to be able to use the “Siegfried” shells, a special long range projectiles. The total number of guns that were used for coastal batteries is unknown, but it is confirmed that 15 guns were part of different batteries. These are: the “Todt” Battery in Haringzelles, France, (4 guns), the “Oxsby” Battery, Denmark, (4 guns), the “Hanstead” Battery, Denmark, (4 guns), and the “Kristiansand” Battery, Norway, (4 guns).

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Coastal defence gun

Entered service


Combat weight

111,000 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

19.63 meters (length overall) – 18.40 meters (barrel length)


1 x SK C/34 380/52mm naval gun

Rate of fire, (maximum)

2 shells per minute

Shell weight

HE L/4.4: 510 kg – Siegfried HE L/4,5: 495 kg

Shell range

55.70 km

Muzzle velocity

1,050 m/s

Warhead, (explosive charge)

Weight: 69 kg – Explosive: TNT – Type: HE (Siegfried HE L/4,5)