ZB-60

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ZB-60
ZB vz. 60.jpg
TypeHeavy machine gun
Place of originCzechoslovakia
Service history
In service1935?–45
Used by Czechoslovakia
 Nazi Germany
 Slovakia
 Yugoslavia
WarsWorld War II
Production history
DesignerZbrojovka Brno
ManufacturerZbrojovka Brno
Specifications
Mass55 kg (121 lb) (gun only)
Length2,050 mm (6 ft 9 in)
Barrel length1,400 mm (4 ft 7 in)

Cartridge15×104mm Brno
Caliber15 mm (0.59 in)
Rate of fire420 rpm
Muzzle velocity860–930 m/s (2,800–3,100 ft/s)
Feed system40-round belts
A ZB-60 on a tripod.

The ZB-60 was a heavy machine gun designed by Zbrojovka Brno in Czechoslovakia during the 1930s. Weapons acquired after the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in March 1939 were taken into Wehrmacht service as the 15 mm FlaMG 39(t); Former Yugoslav guns were designated as the 15 mm FlaMG 490(j). The Germans used them as light anti-aircraft guns during World War II. The British developed their 15 mm Besa Mk I from the ZB-60 for service on armored fighting vehicles.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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
  • Kliment, Charles K. and Nakládal, Bretislav. Germany's First Ally: Armed Forces of the Slovak State 1939-1945. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1997 ISBN 0-7643-0589-1