12 cm felthaubits/m32

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12 cm felthaubits/m32
Type howitzer
Place of origin Norway
Service history
Used by  Norway
 Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Kongsberg
Manufacturer Kongsberg
Number built 8
Specifications
Weight 1,990 kilograms (4,390 lb)
Barrel length 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in) L/20

Shell 20.4 kilograms (45 lb)
Caliber 120 mm (4.72 in)
Carriage split trail
Elevation -5° to +43°
Traverse 54°
Muzzle velocity 450 m/s (1,476 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 10,300 metres (11,300 yd)

The 12 cm felthaubits/m32 was a howitzer used by Norway in World War II. Captured guns were given a German designation after the Invasion of Norway as the 12 cm leFH 376(n). Two batteries of Artillerie-Abteilung 477, which served in Finland during the war, were equipped with 12 cm Norwegian howitzers, which might included these guns.

Eight were built during the 1930s to replace the obsolescent Ehrhardt 12 cm leFH 08, which was known in Norwegian service as the 12 cm felthaubits/m08. They served with the single heavy artillery battalion of the Norwegian Army in 1940, but were unable to get ammunition during the campaign and were evacuated into Sweden, according to one source.

It was equipped with rubber-rimmed steel wheels for motorized towing.

References[edit]

  • 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
  • Chamberlain, Peter & Gander, Terry. Heavy Artillery. New York: Arco, 1975 ISBN 0-668-03898-5

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