Soldiers of the Workers ‘and Peasants’ Red Army inspect the captured German 75-mm le. IG 18 light infantry gun.
7,5 cm leichtes Infanteriegeschütz 18 (7,5 cm leIG 18, 7,5 cm le.IG.18 or 7,5 cm le.I.G. 18) is a German light infantry weapon of the Second World War period. This artillery system was developed in 1927 by the firm “Rheinmetall” to directly support the infantry in battle. In the early 1930s le.IG.18 was adopted by the Reichswehr. After the Reichswehr’s transformation into the Wehrmacht, it was actively used by him and the Waffen SS in the Second World War from the time it began and until the unconditional surrender of the Third Reich. To denote le.IG 18 in the Red Army, the term “75 mm German light infantry gun model 18” was used.