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10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice)

10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5 cm light field howitzer)

10,5-cm-leichte Feldhaubitze 43

10.5cm Leichte Feldhaubitze 43 Skoda

Caliber: 105 mm
Barrel length: (L/35) 3456 mm
Standing weight: 2200 kg
Elevation: -5 ° to + 75 °
Measurement: 360 °
Muzzle velocity: 610 m/s
Bullet weight: 14.81 kg
Range: 13,000 m
Manufacturer: Škoda-Werke, Plzeň

In 1943, Krupp and Škoda were approached in a competition for a new cannon for WH. Škoda created a modern cannon with a special carriage which, when folded, becomes a cross cannon and the wheels are raised above the ground, which allows the cannon to measure in a circle. Only prototypes were made (perhaps even just one) photos are from the museum in Woolwich. This is a photo from the old exhibition, so I'm not sure if the cannon is still accessible.
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - závěr zbraně

závěr zbraně
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - pohled zezadu

pohled zezadu
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - boční pohled

boční pohled
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I'm not to clear, or sa it was about this, but is it possible....
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Well I have other TTD:

Addressed were three companies: a gun and lafetu to the competition they have supplied just two Skoda and Krupp, the approached was fma. Rheinmetall-Borsig. It was actually about stocking the upgraded barrel and brzdovratného device leHF18/40 on a new lafetu.

Caliber: 105 mm
Length: 3,46 m
Barrel length: 2,47 m
Weight in position: 2200 kg
Elevation: -5° to +75°
The gun arc: 360°
Muzzle velocity: 610 m/s
The weight of the projectile: 14,80 kg
Range: 15 000 m

TTD mount Krupp:
Caliber: 105 mm
Length: 2,94 m
Weight in position: 2400 kg
Elevation: -5° to +75°
The gun arc: 360°
Muzzle velocity: 610 m/s
The weight of the projectile: 14,80 kg
Range: 13 000 m.
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The prototype of companies Krupp.
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to Cichy I'm afraid you're wrong, the howitzer barrel leFH 18/40 was used only in the prototype of Krupp. However, this does not belong to this post (you should probably set up a separate one - it is difficult for anyone to find this cannon here), if it was as you write then it would be enough to just supply a carriage and place a barrel on it. The catch is that the barrel is different for Škoda, it most closely resembles leFH 42, which, however, existed only in one prototype, but unlike it (and from the version you specify) the barrel differs in length, even the one you state does not correspond, and especially the conclusion the brake reversing device is different (in the case of Škoda it is moved to the other side, there is another control of elevation and measurement and a lot of other details. If you make a contribution to Krupp then do not forget that the second used the PAK 43 mount, the problem is that according to my source, none was completed and there were only wooden models. 10) The photo you mentioned also corresponds to a wooden model rather than a real cannon.
The source for my writing is the book "Small arms, artillery and special weapons of the Third Reich".
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I also came across information that 2 prototypes were made. One was captured by the English in Germany and the other by the Americans in a Skoda.
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Only one photo from the archive leFH 43 "in firing position".

Source: Author's archive
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Dear Sirs,
I would like to present shots from the transport of 10.5 cm leFH 43 (Sk) to a new site in Virginia. On Friday, September 4, 2009, the gradual removal of exhibits from Aberdeen Proving Ground began. By the end of 2011, a new museum will be established in Fort Lee. The transported exhibits will be located in spacious halls, where they will be protected from the weather.

Source ...
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - Foto via Flickr, autor: Matthew Montgomery.

Foto via Flickr, autor: Matthew Montgomery.
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - Foto via Flickr, autor: Mike Strasser.

Foto via Flickr, autor: Mike Strasser.
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - Trasa přesunu, podle mapy Google.

Trasa přesunu, podle mapy Google.
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I recently visited the corporate archives Skodas and from the submitted documentation for the 10,5 cm leichte Feld Haubitze 43 I took over two hundred photographs of documents from the years 1942-1947. Here I present the first part of the outline of the development of the howitzer.

Brief history

OKH sent the challenge and specification to produce: 10.5 cm leFH43 and 15 cm sFH43.
Nb. JRT: Correspondence about the howitzer before that date has not been found.

Production meeting representatives of the Skodawerke in Pilsen on the development of new works.

OKH sent the challenge, according to which has the Skodawerke mandatorily announce whether the accesses to the construction of the howitzers.

OKH sent the revised specifications for the design of the howitzers.

Meeting in Berlin on the WaPrüf 1, during which, the representatives of Skoda have submitted projects howitzers with for a two-armed carriage with a support. This arrangement should allow the gun arc 360° around 65°. The estimated range of the weapons when using the standard ammunition calculated at 13 km.

To Pilsen arrived from Düsseldorf, a set of drawings prepared by the company Rheinmetall-Borsig.
Nb. JRT: a List of the drawings and the accompanying letter of RB have been found.

On the basis of the submitted drawings approved by the OKH WaPrüf 1 development concept Skoda. At the same time was approved the development of the so-called dvourážové the impact of the projectile (Triebspiegelgeschoss) and dvourážové armor-piercing bullets (Unterkalibergeschoss).

OKH sent Skoda to the draft text of the treaty on the development of new howitzers and ammunition. The draft treaty arrived in Pilsen 29. may.
Nb. JRT: OKH requested:
- the nominal caliber: 10.5 cm,
- ability to use standard ammunition of the howitzer vz. 18,
- the range with this ammunition: 13 km,
- firing range with special ammunition: 15 km,
- weight in firing position: 1600 kg (up to 2200 kg),
- elevation range: -5° to +45°,
- the ability to conduct fire arc: 360°,
- reading with a fine feed, in the range: 60°,
- the ability to fire: within 1 minute,
- rate of fire: 10-12 rounds per minute,
- the frontal shield,
- sights: optical with the ability to fire on the tanks,
- bržděný chassis for mototrakci with wheels dimensions: 1300x110 mm, or 1200x120 mm,
- the barrel of a construct of a material with resistance: 686,5 MPa (70 kg/mm2).

OKH invited the listed below companies to the development of these projects weapons leFH43:
- for version samohybnou (Selbsfahrlafette) with the possibility of arc in the range of 360°,
- for the version with mototrakcí and odměrem 360°,
- for the version with hipotrakcí and odměrem 360°.

Invited firms:
Aktiengesellschaft vorm. Skoda. Skoda letter received 6. June.
Fried. Krupp And. G.,
Gebr. Böhler & Co. And. G.,
Reinmetall-Borsig And. G.

In a letter to OKH found mention of redesignation hipotrakčních versions of the howitzers on the leFH42 and sFH42.

The design office of a Skoda has prepared to send the project documentation leFH42 and leFH43. The shipment was intended for Verbindungsstelle WaPrüf 4. The cover letter indicates that there has been a change in the accompanying documentation, for example:
- for the version with mototrakcí was left codename: D1-187 and a job number: 96-80-45313,
- for the version with hipotrakcí was addressed to the new codename: D1-200 and the new custom number: 96-80-45314.

From the ordnance department sent to the accounting department of a Skoda requirement for exposure to sub-customised sheets OKH:
- with the number 96-80-3882, for the manufacture of wooden model leFH42 in scale M1:10,
- with the number 96-80-3883, for the manufacture of wooden model leFH43 in scale M1:10,
- with the number 96-80-3884, for the manufacture of wooden model sFH43 in scale M1:10.

OKH issues a request to the 19. September was made a wooden model of the leFH43 in 1:1 scale.

The arms department Skodas sends wall sketch leFH43. Drawings were made světlotiskem and numbered: Zb.460S-1.2-Zb.462S-1,2.

Meeting with representatives of the OKH about the project leFH43. In a letter of the same date announces the Skoda slippage in the production of a wooden model in M1:1 to 30. September.

Skoda exposes the sub-bespoke sheets for leFH43:
- number 96-80-3905 for the production of the barrel, breech and muzzle brake,
- number 96-80-3906 for the production of simple gears,
- number 96-80-3907 for the production of kits and backup parts,
- number 96-80-3908 for the production of aim,
- number 96-80-3909 to perform the shooting tests,
- number 96-80-3910 on adoption, sighting and remakes,
- number 96-80-3911 on coating, packing and dispatch
- number 96-80-3912 on the anticipated remakes of according to the wishes of the customer,
- number 96-80-3913 for the production of devices for the no-hitter,
- number 96-80-3914 for the production of equipment for the workshop ' sight,
- number 96-81-3758 for the supply of ammunition for the forthcoming exams.

Wooden model leFH43 in M1:1 should be charged from the account 96-80-45313.

Meeting with representatives of the OKH on the projects 10.5 cm leFH43 and the 8.8 cm PaK43 (Sk). At the meeting it was determined the date of delivery of wooden mockups to 1. April 1943. In the text is a link to the drawing: Zb.1050P, which probably had a relationship to the manufacture of wooden mock-ups leFH43 in scale M1:1.
Nb. JRT: From the record is that these weapons have shown an interest as well as the representatives of the SS-Waffen.

Production meeting held in the Skoda with representatives of the OKH.
Nb. JRT: the Minutes of a meeting was not found.

The arms department notified the commercial department of Skoda copy several sets of photos for the need for OKH:
- for D1-187 (10.5 cm leFH43), no photos: 47001-47005 and 47006,
- for D1-188 (15 cm sFH43), no photos: 47072, 47073, 47076 up 47078,
- for D1-203 (12.8 cm K43), no photos: 47213, 47215 up to 47217 and 47219,
- for D1-204 (15 cm GrW43), no photos: 47087, 47089, 47090, 47092, and 47093.
Nb. JRT: Listed positives or negatives were found.

In a letter from the OKH is the first mention of the new code designations of 10.5 cm leFH43: Gerat 5-1025.

Interoffice mail Skodas asked to cover a number of drawings (Zeichnungsnummer) for leFH43.

In a letter to OKH requires identification of the drawings, the following numerical codes:
Zeichnungs-Nr. 5-1025.000 for the gun 10,5 cm leFH43 with the code. mark. weapons D1-187,
Zeichnungs-Nr. 5-1203.000 for gun 12,8 cm K43 with the code. mark. weapons D1-203,
Zeichnungs-Nr. 5-1509.000 for the gun 15 cm GrW43 with the code. mark. weapons D4-201 (probably typing error),
Zeichnungs-Nr. 5-1520.000 for gun 15 cm sFH43 with the code. mark. weapons D1-188.

Drawings should be made according to standards DIN 92100.
Nb. JRT: the Drawings listed sequences were found.

To transfer the old units used: CSN 011300, Table SI, Prague 1977
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Good day, gentlemen. In advance I thank you "Bitaxi" for more photos on this beautiful weapon. And change him to revise because now I know about two copies of this weapon. The other is located in Aberdeen. So far I've only found 4 photos from the war and 6 photos from the aforementioned Aberdeen.
With regards Chozee.
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Joseph I assume you mean Aberdeen in the USA in Maryland, I confess that I about this site didn't know that there this gun is and I'm that kind of information thankful, you could have those pictures put up?.
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It Bitaxe. I'd put it there like, but I can't. I only brouzdač on the internet. But the mail with photos I sent You and You would you could put, if you don't mind. If you wrote me the address so I'll send it. With best regards.
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According to the inscription on the shield is a picture of England (the Germans would probably write on the shield T DEPOT and the British would probably have not carried out the test shooting at the building, it's not about the "firing position", but apparently a picture of guns at the time when she was already a prey to the Britons..
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So this Bitax, the cannon is built on the open arms of the simple gears, this would be a gun built in the "firing position" if it is a photo from England or from somewhere else is the question ... It depot means to submit, can therefore be taken anywhere if you know something more about the author's photos or acquisition I like, I like to add the information to this picture..
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it Cichy, in response to

Quote - Cichy :

leFH 43 in the firing position
if I'm not mistaken is the firing position where the leads cannon fire, it seems to be in no danger, for the cannon standing in the place where it was taken as a prey, in some kind of rally point (depot). If you wrote in the "firing position" logically would not what to respond.
The photo is probably directly from the Woollvich, very similar (maybe the same?) there was in the original version of the museum in the so-called rotunda, but it's been many years since I saw her so take it only as information, an unconfirmed and second-hand. There were several photos of works from the time of the tests in the Uk which were taken in the former artillery barracks (the original museum was part of them)..
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thanks for the info.
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What is the difference between "position" and "position"?
I would use the wording "ready to fire"..
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Use you can what you want, but the position is the disposition of the cannon přichystaného to fire, which may not necessarily be the preparation for the fight (specifically to that photo, it would only mean that the gun is properly distributed and when it will not shoot), but also in training. The firing position is the place prepared for the activities therefore for it to make it to the cannon sounded (can it be i need a natural adjustment, masking and the like) Within the meaning of that was used is definitely of the cannon is not in the "position" and certainly not "ready to fire", is located in the area of the barracks and duplicating carriage are just laid on the ground, when fired it would definitely have made the problems and it pomíjím that there is no place to shoot, because around the cannon facing buildings. So what kind of readiness to fire do you want to speak. The position is not quite right, but the total of it is usable and used her to all the winners, because it then corrected the originally used "palené position". Technically has a cannon wide lafetu, whether it is prepared to be the attachment of a sight, not from the photos know. And once again, regards captured the thing imported to a place of storage and examination, so that the firing certainly, there is no danger to it, the captured material neumisťoval to the inside of the barracks (for the cannon is to see their protections)..
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I'm looking for a photo of the 10,5 cm leFH43 (Skoda) - bottom view. Someone has a photo with a higher resolution?

The original
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - Pohled na spodek 10,5 cm leFH43 (zmenšeno).

Pohled na spodek 10,5 cm leFH43 (zmenšeno).
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Dear all,
on Monday 11. July 2011 we with my colleague Ivan Fojtíkem visited: Firepower - The Royal Artillery Museum in London. Thanks to the kindness of mr. Woods Smith, Collections Manager of the RAM, we were able to shoot in the deposit of the artillery museum.

I am presenting a selection of photos that document the current state of the 10,5 cm leFH 43 (Sk).

According to oral information from mr Smith, not in the foreseeable future, expect the start of restoration work. To my question whether it would be possible to borrow this houfnici and convert it to the Czech republic, I received a verbal answer, that can be to launch negotiations on a long-term lease of the exhibit. From his words I understood that accommodating as possible would be if their museum, it was not financially zainteresováno. Also talked about the fact that the easiest will be if our MO will ask the british MO to grant permission to rent the exhibit.

Photos with parafou "IF" were published with the courtesy of Ing Ivan Fojtíka. The rest is their own..
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - Současné umístění 10,5-cm leFH43 (Sk) v depozitáři muzea.

Současné umístění 10,5-cm leFH43 (Sk) v depozitáři muzea.
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - V pozadí samohybná houfnice 2S1 ukořistěná v Iráku.

V pozadí samohybná houfnice 2S1 ukořistěná v Iráku.
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) -

10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - Kolega Fojtík v akci.

Kolega Fojtík v akci.
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - ... a moje maličkost v pozadí.

... a moje maličkost v pozadí.
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - Na závěru houfnice nebyly nalezeny výrobní údaje. Na hřbetu závěru se nachází pouze tento štítek, který může být britského původu.

Na závěru houfnice nebyly nalezeny výrobní údaje. Na hřbetu závěru se nachází pouze tento štítek, který může být britského původu.
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10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - Originální pneumatiky firmy Baťa.

Originální pneumatiky firmy Baťa.
10,5-cm-leFH 43 (10,5cm lehká polní houfnice) - Pneu Baťa 9.00-20.

Pneu Baťa 9.00-20.
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