15 cm hruba houfnice vz. 25

The 15 cm hrubá houfnice vz. 25 (Heavy howitzer model 25) was a Czech heavy howitzer used in the Second World War. It was taken into Wehrmacht service as the 15 cm sFH 25(t). Slovakia had 126 in inventory.

15 cm hruba houfnice vz. 25
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Skoda
Production Period 1924 - 1934
Origin Czechoslovakia
Country Name Origin Year
Czechoslovakia 1930
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Czechoslovakia 1930 1945 View
Germany 1930 1945 View
Slovakia 1930 1945 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Skoda 1924 1934 View

Intended to replace the various Austro-Hungarian heavy howitzer that the Czechs had inherited, they began a program to develop a new howitzer shortly after achieving independence in 1919. It didn't reflect many of the lessons of World War I as it retained a box trail and wooden wheels suitable only for horse traction. Its carriage broke down into two loads for transport. It fired a 42 kilograms (93 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 Škoda
Manufacturer Škoda
Produced 1924-34
Weight 3,800 kilograms (8,400 lb)
Barrel length 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in) L/18
Caliber 149.1 mm (5.87 in)
Carriage box trail
Elevation -5° to +70°
Rate of fire 1-2 rpm
Muzzle velocity 450 m/s (1,476 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 11,800 metres (12,900 yd)

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