K4 Field Gun
|Country of Origin||Czechoslovakia|
|Barrel Length||3,600.000 mm|
|Ammunition Weight||42.00 kg|
|Muzzle Velocity||580 m/s|
Contributor: C. Peter Chenww2dbaseThe K-series howitzers were designed and built by the Czechoslovakian firm Skoda Works. They could be broken down for either motorized or horse transport. The original K1 design was placed into production in 1933, and these first generation guns quickly found buyers in Turkey, Romania, and Yugoslavia. The army of Czechoslovakia waited until the K4 variant to be ready in 1937 before issuing a contract; these guns received pneumatic wheels to replace the original solid rubber wheels, had shorter barrels, and a very slightly higher muzzle velocity. Only a few 15 cm hrubĂˇ houfnice vzor 37 guns would enter service, however, by the time the Germans broke up the country. The Germans would decide to continue production of these howitzers for use by German and Slovakian forces. Redesignated 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 37(t), these Czechoslovakian guns in Axis service would see action on the Eastern Front against Soviet forces. After the war, many of them would remain in active service. The last of the K-series howitzers were not retired until the 1990s.
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