3,7cm KPÚV vz. 37

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3,7cm KPÚV vz. 37
Škoda 37 mm Model 1937 side.jpg
Škoda 37 mm vz. 1937 on display at Belgrade's Military Museum
Type Anti-tank gun
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Service history
Used by Czechoslovakia
Nazi Germany
Yugoslavia
Slovakia
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Škoda
Designed 1935–1936
Manufacturer Škoda Works
Produced 1936–1939
Specifications
Weight 370 kg (800 lb)
Barrel length 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) L/47.8
Crew ?

Caliber 37.2 mm (1.46 in)
Breech semi-automatic vertical sliding block
Carriage split trail
Elevation -8° to +26°
Traverse 50°
Rate of fire 12 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity 750 m/s (2,000 ft/s)
Effective firing range 900 m (1,000 yd)

The 3,7 cm KPÚV vz. 37 (Czech: kanón proti útočné vozbě) was an anti-tank gun produced by the Škoda Works that saw service in World War II. Originally designed for the Czech Army, some were also sold to Yugoslavia. A number were appropriated by the Germans after German occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939 and used under the designations 3,7 cm PaK 37 (t). Captured Yugoslav guns were used under the designation of 3,7 cm Pak 156 (j). Slovakia acquired 158 when it declared independence from Czechoslovakia in March 1939.[1]

The gun had a small shield and wooden-spoked wheels, although some were fitted with pneumatic wheels.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kliment and Nakládal, p. 121

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
  • Kliment, Charles K.; Nakládal, Bretislav (1997). Germany's First Ally: Armed Forces of the Slovak State 1939—1945. Atglen, PA: Schiffer. ISBN 0-7643-0589-1.