3,7cm KPÚV vz. 37
|3,7cm KPÚV vz. 37|
|Place of origin||Czechoslovakia|
|Wars||World War II|
|Weight||370 kg (800 lb)|
|Barrel length||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) L/47.8|
|Caliber||37.2 mm (1.46 in)|
|Breech||semi-automatic vertical sliding block|
|Elevation||-8° to +26°|
|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 Czechoslovak 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.
The gun had a small shield and wooden-spoked wheels, although some were fitted with pneumatic wheels.
- Kliment and Nakládal, p. 121
- 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.
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