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8 cm kanon PL vz. 37
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Type Anti-aircraft gun
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Service history
In service 1937-1945
Used by Czechoslovakia
Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Škoda Works
Manufacturer Škoda Works
Produced 1937-39?
Weight 3,800 kilograms (8,400 lb)
Barrel length 4.04 metres (13 ft 3 in) L/52.8

Shell weight 8 kilograms (18 lb)
Caliber 76.5 millimetres (3.01 in)
Carriage cruciform
Elevation 0° to +85°
Traverse 360°
Rate of fire 10-15 rpm
Muzzle velocity 800 metres per second (2,600 ft/s)
Maximum range 11,470 metres (37,630 ft) vertical ceiling

The 8 cm kanon PL vz. 37 (Anti-aircraft Gun Model 37 was a Czech anti-aircraft gun used during the Second World War. Those weapons captured after the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in March 1939 were taken into Wehrmacht service as the 7.65 cm Flak M 37(t). 97 were in service during the Munich Crisis in September 1938 of which Slovakia seized one when it declared independence six months later.[1]



  • 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

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