Skoda Model 1928 Gun

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Skoda Model 1928 Gun
Typeheavy gun
Place of originCzechoslovakia
Service history
In service1928-1945
Used by Kingdom of Yugoslavia
 Nazi Germany
 Kingdom of Romania
WarsWorld War II
Production history
DesignerSkoda
ManufacturerSkoda
Specifications
Mass15,000 kilograms (33,000 lb)
Barrel length7.025 metres (20 ft) L/46.5

Shell56 kilograms (123 lb)
Caliber149.1 mm (5.87 in)
CarriageBox trail
Elevation+4° to +45°
Traverse360°
Rate of fire1 rpm
Muzzle velocity760 m/s (2,493 ft/s)
Maximum firing range23.8 km (14.8 mi)

The Skoda Model 1928 Gun was a Czechoslovak long-range, dual-purpose cannon designed for the attack of static fortifications and coastal defence duties. About 20 were bought by Yugoslavia and more by Romania. Guns captured by Nazi Germany after the Invasion of Yugoslavia were used by the Heer as the 15 cm Kanone 403(j). It was tested by the Czechs as the 15 cm kanon NOa, but was not purchased.

The gun was mounted on a metal firing platform to give it 360° traverse. It was transported in three loads.

References[edit]

  • Chamberlain, Peter & Gander, Terry. Heavy Artillery. New York: Arco, 1975 ISBN 0-668-03898-5
  • Gander, Terry and Chamberlain, Peter. Weapons of the Third Reich: An Encyclopedic Survey of All Small Arms, Artillery and Special Weapons of the German Land Forces 1939-1945. New York: Doubleday, 1979 ISBN 0-385-15090-3
  • http://www.worldwar2.ro/arme/?article=305