Bofors 75 mm Model 1934

The Bofors 75 mm Model 1934 was a mountain gun of Krupp design produced in Sweden by Bofors and sold abroad widely. The Model 1934 was used by Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and China in World War II. Germany bought a small number of guns (12) for evaluation and training before the war and designated them as the 7.5 cm Gebirgshaubitze 34. Belgian guns, known by them as the Canon de 75 mle 1934, captured by Germany were designated as 7.5 cm Gebirgskanone 228(b). The later model 1936 was purchased by Bulgaria.

Bofors 75 mm Model 1934
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Bofors
Origin Sweden
Country Name Origin Year
Sweden 1934
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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Brazil View
China View
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Paraguay View
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Switzerland View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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The Netherlands purchased a pack loadable version for their colonial-army in the Dutch East Indies, a region covered by thick forests and mountains. The pack loadable version could be broken down into eight mule loads or towed by a four horse team, with a further six mules to carry ammunition and other supplies. The Dutch guns were used briefly during the Dutch East Indies campaign in 1941-42.

The model purchase by Belgium was not a pack gun and was equipped for towing by motor transport. The Belgian model had a one-piece box-trail that was hinged to fold upwards to reduce towing length and was equipped with steel disc wheels with rubber tires.

Sources differ on specifications, but data from Gander & Chamberlain is presumed to be more accurate and is presented above.

Type Mountain gun
Place of origin  Sweden
Service history
Used by   Switzerland
 Paraguay
 Sweden
 Nazi Germany
 Brazil
 Belgium
 Republic of China
 Argentina
 Netherlands
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Bofors
Manufacturer Bofors
Specifications
Weight 928 kg (2,046 lb)
Barrel length 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) L/24
Shell 6.59 kg (14.5 lb)
Caliber 75 millimetres (3.0 in)
Carriage box trail
Elevation -4° to +56° (long carriage)
-10° to +50° (short carriage)
Traverse 7° 54'
Muzzle velocity 455 m/s (1,490 ft/s)
Effective firing range 9,300 m (10,200 yd)

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