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8 cm kanon vz. 28
Type Field gun
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Service history
In service 1928-1945
Used by  Czechoslovakia
 Nazi Germany
 Romania
 Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Wars World War II[1]
Production history
Designer Škoda Works
Designed 1928
Manufacturer Škoda Works
Produced 1928
Variants 8 cm kanon vz. 30
75 mm Skoda Model 1928[1]
Specifications
Weight Combat: 1,816 kg (4,004 lb)
Travel: 2,977 kg (6,563 lb)
Barrel length 3.06 m (10.0 ft) L/40[1]

Shell Fixed QF 76.5 x 346mm R[2]
Shell weight 8 kg (17 lb 10 oz)
Caliber 76.5 mm (3 in)
Breech Horizontal sliding wedge
Recoil Hydro-pneumatic
Carriage Two-wheeled box trail
Elevation -8° to +80°
Traverse 360° with firing table[1]
Rate of fire 10-12 rpm
Muzzle velocity 600 m/s (1,968 ft/s)
Maximum range 13.5 km (8.4 mi)[1]

The 8 cm kanon vz. 28 (Cannon model 1928) was a Czech field gun used during World War II.

Design & history[]

The origins of the 8 cm kanon vz. 28 began in 1928 at the Škoda Works in Pilsen. The design attempted to combine the field gun, mountain gun, and anti-aircraft gun roles into one weapon. The vz. 28 combined a two-wheeled box-trail carriage, horizontal sliding wedge breech, hydro-pneumatic recoil system, muzzle break, high angle elevation and a firing table for 360° degree traverse. For the mountain gun role it could be broken down into three pieces for transport, a feature also shared by the contemporary 10 cm houfnice vz. 28 and the later 8 cm kanon vz. 30 and 10 cm houfnice vz. 30 guns.[1]

The vz. 28 proved to be fairly successful as a field and mountain gun, but was a failure as an anti-aircraft gun. The Czech Army used the vz. 28 in limited numbers, but ordered its successor the vz. 30 in larger numbers. The vz. 30 lacked the vz. 28's firing table, otherwise their configuration, dimensions, and performance were largely the same.[1]

The Yugoslav Army ordered the vz. 28 who referred to it as the 80 mm M.28. The Romanian Army also ordered a 75 mm version the 75 mm Skoda Model 1928 which it used during World War II. Guns captured from Yugoslavia by the Germans were given the designation 7.65 cm FK 304(j).[1]

Notes[]

References[]

  • Peter Chamberlain and Terry Gander: Light and Medium field Artillery. New York. Arco Publishing. 1977. ISBN 0-668-03820-9

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