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"The 100-mm Skoda Howitzer" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following report on the 100-mm Skoda howitzer used by German forces in WWII was published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 43, January 27, 1944.

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The 100-mm (3.94 in) Skoda howitzer was captured from the Polish Army by the Germans and called the 10-cm l.F.H. 14/19 (p). There are two different models in existence, the original M 14/19 and a modified version, which appeared in 1933.

[The 100-mm Skoda Howitzer]

The modified version of this equipment is sturdy in appearance. It is mounted on two wooden wheels,* approximately 4 feet 3 inches in diameter. The shield is swept back sharply above the wheels and a box trail is provided. The muzzle brake is secured to the barrel by means of eight bolts. Details of the modified version follow together with accompanying sketch.

a. Gun

Caliber     3.94 in
No. of grooves36 RH
Length in calibers25
Weight860 lbs
Weight of breech block77 lbs
Type of breechHorizontal sliding block

b. Carriage

Wheel track     5 ft 1 in
Diameter of wheels4 ft 3 in
Width of rims3.15 in
Height of trunnions3 ft 10 1/2 in
Overall length in firing position18 ft
Height of shield above ground5 ft 6 in
Thickness of shield.2 in
Weight of equipment complete1.5 tons

c. Buffer

The buffer is filled with "Braun fluid", non-freeze oil or with water and glycerine.

Capacity     8 1/2 pints
Recoil minimum1 ft 8 1/2 in
Recoil maximum4 ft 5 in

d. Sights

Two types of sighting mechanism are used. The original Skoda sight is graduated in mils and hundreds of meters and drift is allowed for automatically. There is also a 1941 modified version in which the graduations are in hundreds of meters and the automatic allowance for drift has been removed.



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