9 cm kanon PL vz. 12/20

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9 cm PL kanon vz. 12/20
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Type Anti-aircraft gun
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Service history
In service 1920-1945?
Used by Czechoslovakia
Nazi Germany
Yugoslavia
Soviet Union
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Škoda Works
Manufacturer Škoda Works
Specifications
Weight 6,500 kilograms (14,300 lb)
Barrel length 4.05 metres (13 ft 3 in) L/45

Shell weight 10.2 kilograms (22 lb 8 oz)
Caliber 90 millimetres (3.5 in)
Elevation -5° to +90°
Traverse 360°
Rate of fire 12 rpm
Muzzle velocity 775 metres per second (2,540 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 6,000 metres (20,000 ft) vertical ceiling

The 9 cm PL kanon vz. 12/20 (Anti-aircraft Gun Model 12/20) was a Czech anti-aircraft gun used during the Second World War. Those weapons captured after the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in March 1939 were taken into Wehrmacht service as the 9 cm Flak M 12(t). Some guns were reportedly captured in Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union as well. Twenty were in Czech service during the Munich Crisis in September 1938.[1] Twelve were in German service between August 1943 and June 1944.[2]

Description[edit]

The PL kanon vz. 12/20 was a modernized version of a pre-World War I anti-aircraft gun. It was mounted on a fixed pedestal.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistické údaje výzbroje Čs. armády v roce 1938". 24 March 2005. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ Gander and Chamberlain, p. 153

References[edit]

  • Gander, Terry; Chamberlain, Peter (1979). 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. ISBN 0-385-15090-3. 

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