10 cm houfnice vz. 30 (howitzer)

The 10 cm houfnice vz. 30 (howitzer model 30) was a Czechoslovak howitzer used in the Second World War. The 158 weapons captured after the German invasion of Czechoslovakia in March 1939 were taken into Wehrmacht service as the 10 cm leFH 30(t). It was used by a variety of German units during World War II, including II. and III./SS-Artillerie-Abteilung 3 between 1939 and 1940 and SS-Artillerie-Abteilung 51 during 1941. 30 served with the Slovak Army.

10 cm houfnice vz. 30 (howitzer)
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Skoda
Production Period 1932 - 1939
Origin Czechoslovakia
Country Name Origin Year
Czechoslovakia 1930
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Czechoslovakia 1930 1945 View
Germany View
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Skoda 1932 1939 View

It was modified from an earlier Skoda design, the 10 cm houfnice vz. 28, that attempted to combine the field and mountain gun roles into one weapon. The Czechoslovak army decided to adopt it to replace their plethora of aged Austro-Hungarian field guns. They replaced the wheels with modern rubber-tired wheels, but curiously chose to retain the crewman's seat on the gunshield. It used the same carriage that could break down into three pieces for transport as the 8 cm kanon vz. 30. It fired a 16 kilograms (35 lb) shell.

Type Howitzer
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Service history
In service 1930-1945
Used by  Czechoslovakia
 Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Skoda
Designed 1928-1930
Manufacturer Skoda
Produced 1932-39
Weight 1,766 kg (3,893 lb)
Barrel length 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) L/25
Caliber 100 mm (3.94 in)
Carriage split trail
Elevation -8° to +80°
Rate of fire 6-8 rpm
Muzzle velocity 430 m/s (1,411 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 10,600 m (11,600 yd)

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