8 cm kanon vz. 30

The 8 cm kanon vz. 30 (Cannon model 30) was a Czech field gun used in the Second World War. Guns captured after the German invasion of Czechoslovakia in March 1939 were taken into Wehrmacht service as the 8 cm FK 30(t). It was used by a variety of German units during World War II, including I./SS-Artillerie-Abteilung 3 between 1939 and 1940.

8 cm kanon vz. 30
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Skoda
Production Period 1930 - 1945
Origin Czechoslovakia
Country Name Origin Year
Czechoslovakia 1930
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Czechoslovakia 1930 1945 View
Germany View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Skoda 1930 1945 View

It was modified from an earlier Skoda design, the 7.5 cm kanon vz. 28, that attempted to combine the field, mountain and anti-aircraft roles into one weapon. It proved to be fairly successful at the first two, but was a failure at the third. The Czechs decided to adopt it to replace their plethora of aged Austro-Hungarian field guns. They deleted the firing platform of the original design and modified it to use standard Czech ammunition. It shared the same carriage that could break down into three pieces for transport as the 10 cm houfnice vz. 30.

Type Field gun
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
Weight 1,816 kilograms (4,004 lb)
Barrel length 3.06 metres (10 ft) L/40
Caliber 76.5 mm (3 in)
Carriage box trail
Elevation -8° to +80°
Rate of fire 10-12 rpm
Muzzle velocity 600 m/s (1,968 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 13,500 metres (14,800 yd)

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