10 cm houfnice vz. 28

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10 cm houfnice vz. 28
Type Howitzer
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Service history
In service 1928-1945
Used by  Kingdom of Yugoslavia
 Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Škoda Works
Designed 1928
Manufacturer Škoda Works
Produced 1928
No. built 20?[1]
Specifications
Weight Combat: 1,798 kg (3,964 lb)
Travel: 3,509 kg (7,736 lb)
Barrel length 2.5 m (8.2 ft) L/25
Crew 6-8[1]

Shell weight 14 kg (30 lb 14 oz)
Caliber 10 cm (3.9 in)
Breech Horizontal sliding wedge
Recoil Hydro-pneumatic
Carriage Two-wheeled box trail
Elevation -8° to +80°
Traverse 11°[1]
Muzzle velocity 450 m/s (1,500 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 10.7 km (6.6 mi)[1]

The 10 cm houfnice vz. 28 (howitzer model 28) was a Czech howitzer used in limited numbers by the Yugoslav Army during World War II. The Yugoslavians ordered twenty houfnice vz. 28 guns which they referred to as the 100 mm M.28. Guns captured from Yugoslavia by the Germans were given the designation 10 cm leFH 317(j).[1]

Design & history[edit]

The origins of the houfnice vz. 28 began in 1928 at the Škoda Works in Pilsen. The design attempted to combine the howitzer and mountain gun roles into one weapon, the houfnice vz. 28 combined a two-wheeled box-trail carriage, horizontal sliding wedge breech, hydro-pneumatic recoil system and high angle elevation. For the mountain gun role it could be broken down into three pieces for transport, a feature also shared by the contemporary 8 cm kanon vz. 28 and the later 8 cm kanon vz. 30 and 10 cm houfnice vz. 30 guns. The Czech Army declined to adopt the houfnice vz. 28, but ordered its successor the houfnice vz. 30 in larger numbers. The vz. 30 and vz. 28 shared a similar configuration, dimensions and their performance was largely the same.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Chamberlain, Peter (1975). Light and medium field artillery. Gander, Terry. New York: Arco. p. 11. ISBN 0668038209. OCLC 2067331. 

References[edit]

  • Peter Chamberlain and Terry Gander: Light and Medium field Artillery. New York. Arco Publishing. 1977. ISBN 0-668-03820-9

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