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The 7,5 cm leichtes Infanteriegeschütz 18 (7,5 cm le.IG 18) was a short-barrelled howitzer, used as infantry support gun of the German Wehrmacht during World War II. It was designed to augment assault troops with close artillery support and was essential in the reduction of enemy strong points encountered by the German infantryman. 

Although used throughout the war in most theatres, the prime importance of this piece was in the early German campaigns from Poland to Dunkirk — where its small size and heavy punch were especially suited to the terrain of Western Europe. It gave good quality, much needed support to the hard-pressed Infantry.

It had 75 millimetres caliber and 3,550 m of maximum firing range. Its weight was 400 kilograms and the shell HE weight was 6 kilograms. The five crew were protected by an armoured shield. It was was light enough to be manhandled and repositioned by their crews. It could be towed by light tractor too.

It was developed between 1927 and 1932 by Rheinmetall. They were manufactured over 12.000 units, from 1932 until 1945, by Rheinmetall too.

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