25 mm Hotchkiss anti-tank gun

The 25 mm Hotchkiss anti-tank gun was a French anti-tank gun that saw service in the first years of the Second World War.

Country Name Origin Year
France 1926
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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By the early 1920s the French Army had come to the realization that the armour-piercing capability of the 37 mm TRP infantry gun would be insufficient against modern tanks. In 1926 Hotchkiss proposed a 25 mm in-house design that was eventually accepted for service in 1934, under the designation canon de 25 mm semi-automatique modèle 1934 (generally shortened to canon de 25) . At the outbreak of World War II, it was the main anti-tank weapon of the French infantry. By May 1940, there were reported to be 6,000 in service with the French Army, although some formations were still waiting for their full allocation.

In action in the Battle of France in 1940, it was found that the projectile was too small to be very effective against German tanks, especially at longer ranges. It remained a useful weapon against armoured cars and other light armoured vehicles.

Type Anti-tank gun
Place of origin France
Service history
Used by France
Nazi Germany
United Kingdom
Kingdom of Italy
Finland
Romania
Wars Winter War
World War II
Specifications
Weight 480 kg (1,058 lbs)(modèle 1934)
Barrel length 72 caliber
Shell 25 × 193.5 mm R, AP
Caliber 25 mm
Rate of fire 15–20 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 918 m/s (3,012 ft/s)
Effective firing range 1,000 m (1,093 yds)

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