10.5 cm hruby kanon vz. 35

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10.5 cm hrubý kanón vz. 35
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10.5 cm hk vz. 35 captured by the Wehrmacht, place as coastal artillery in France
Type Howitzer
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Service history
In service 1935-1945
Used by  Czechoslovakia
 Nazi Germany
 Slovakia
 Yugoslavia
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Skoda
Manufacturer Skoda
Produced 1935?-41
Specifications
Weight 4,200 kilograms (9,300 lb)
Barrel length 4.4 metres (14 ft) L/42

Caliber 105 mm (4.13 in)
Breech sliding block
Carriage split trail
Elevation -6° to +42°
Traverse 50°
Rate of fire 8 rpm
Muzzle velocity 730 m/s (2,395 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 18,100 metres (19,800 yd)

The 10.5 cm hrubý kanón vz. 35 (Heavy Gun model 35) was a Czech field gun used in the Second World War. Those weapons captured after the German invasion of Czechoslovakia in March 1939 were taken into Wehrmacht service as the 10.5 cm K 35(t). Former Yugoslav guns were designated as the 10.5 cm Kanone 339(j). It was used by a variety of German units during World War II, especially on coastal defense duties. 36 were in service with the Slovak Army.[1]

Design & History[edit]

It was designed solely for motor traction. It fired 18 kilograms (40 lb) HE, canister and semi-armor piercing shells.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kliment and Nakládal, p. 123

Bibliography[edit]

  • Engelmann, Joachim and Scheibert, Horst. Deutsche Artillerie 1934-1945: Eine Dokumentation in Text, Skizzen und Bildern: Ausrüstung, Gliederung, Ausbildung, Führung, Einsatz. Limburg/Lahn, Germany: C. A. Starke, 1974
  • Gander, Terry and Chamberlain, Peter. Weapons of the Third Reich: An Encyclopedic Survey of All Small Arms, Artillery and Special Weapons of the German Land Forces 1939-1945. New York: Doubleday, 1979 ISBN 0-385-15090-3
  • Kliment, Charles K. and Nakládal, Bretislav. Germany's First Ally: Armed Forces of the Slovak State 1939-1945. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1997 ISBN 0-7643-0589-1