Bofors 12 cm M. 14

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Bofors 12 cm M. 14
Type Howitzer
Place of origin Sweden
Service history
Used by  Sweden
 Norway
 Netherlands
 Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Bofors
Manufacturer Bofors
Specifications
Weight 1,610 kilograms (3,550 lb)
Barrel length 1.725 metres (5.66 ft) L/14
Crew 7

Shell 16.5 kilograms (36 lb)
Caliber 120 mm (4.72 in)
Carriage box trail
Elevation -4° 48' to +43°
Traverse
Rate of fire 3 rpm
Muzzle velocity 317 m/s (1,040 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 6,050 metres (6,620 yd)

The Bofors 12 cm M. 14 was a howitzer used by the Netherlands in World War II as the Lichte Houwitzer 12 cm L 14. Captured guns were given a German designation after the Battle of the Netherlands as the 12 cm leFH 373(h) although it is not certain that they were actually used by German forces.

It was purchased from Sweden before World War I by the Netherlands. Forty-eight were still in service when the Germans attacked on 10 May 1940. Norway also purchased four, and called them the 12 cm felthaubits M/15.

Further reading[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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