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 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.
|Caliber|| ||3.94 in |
|No. of grooves||36 RH |
|Length in calibers||25|
|Weight||860 lbs |
|Weight of breech block||77 lbs|
|Type of breech||Horizontal sliding block|
|Wheel track|| ||5 ft 1 in|
|Diameter of wheels||4 ft 3 in|
|Width of rims||3.15 in|
|Height of trunnions||3 ft 10 1/2 in|
|Overall length in firing position||18 ft|
|Height of shield above ground||5 ft 6 in|
|Thickness of shield||.2 in|
|Weight of equipment complete||1.5 tons|
The buffer is filled with "Braun fluid", non-freeze oil or with water and glycerine.
|Capacity|| ||8 1/2 pints|
|Recoil minimum||1 ft 8 1/2 in|
|Recoil maximum||4 ft 5 in|
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.