76.2mm Divisional Gun Model 1933

The 76.2mm Divisional Gun Model 1933 combined a new L/50 gun with an existing howitzer carriage to produce a serviceable gun that was meant to serve as a stop-gap until the more modern Model 1936 F-22 gun was ready to enter service.

The Model 1933 used a new 76.2mm L/50 gun, significantly longer than the L/40 barrel used in some of the earlier 76.2mm Divisional Gun Model 02/30. The carriage was taken from the 122mm Field Howitzer Model 10/30, a stronger version of the original 122mm Model 10 carriage, a pre-war Schneider design.

The barrel was carried in a circular mounting, which sat on a cradle that was about half the length of the barrel. There was a gun shield, and wooden spoked wheels. The Model 1933 had about the same range as the longer barrelled L/40 version of the Model 10/30 when that gun used its more powerful propellant charge.

The Model 1933 was still in use in small numbers in 1941, although most had been replaced by the Model 1936 F-22. The Germans gave it the designation 7.62cm FK 298(r), but don’t appear to have used it themselves.

Name

76.2mm Divisional Gun Model 1933

Calibre

76.2mm (3in)

Barrel Length

3.292m (L/50)

Weight for transport

2,350kg (5,182lb)

Weight in action

1,600kg (3,528lb)

Elevation

-3 to +43 degrees

Traverse

4 degrees 11 min

Shell Weight

6.4kg

Muzzle Velocity

715m/ sec (2,346ft/ sec)

Maximum Range

13,200m (14,440 yards) to
12,480m (13,600 yards)

Rate of Fire

 

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (21 August 2018), 76.2mm Divisional Gun Model 1933, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_76_2mm_divisional_gun_1933.html

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