4,7cm KPÚV vz. 38

4,7cm KPÚV vz. 38

In the United States Army Ordnance Museum
Type Anti-tank gun
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Service history
Used by Czechoslovakia
Nazi Germany
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Wars World War II
Production history
Designed 1936
Manufacturer Škoda Works
Produced 1939-1940
Weight 590 kg (1,300 lbs)
Barrel length 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) L/43
Crew ?

Shell 47×405 mm. R
Caliber 47 mm (1.85 in)
Carriage split trail
Elevation -8° to +26°
Traverse 50°
Muzzle velocity 775 m/s (2,542 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 4,000 m (4,375 yds)

The 4,7cm KPÚV vz. 38 (Czech: kanón proti útočné vozbě vzor 38) was an anti-tank gun produced by the Škoda Works that saw service in World War II. Originally designed for the Czechoslovak Army, some were also sold to Yugoslavia. A number were appropriated by the Germans after the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939 and used under the designations 4.7 cm Pak (t) or Pak 38(t). The Germans continued it in production and mounted it on the Panzerkampfwagen I chassis as the Panzerjäger I tank destroyer. A similar attempt to mount it on the chassis of captured Renault R-35 tanks was less successful.[1]

The barrel had the unique feature of being able to swing 180° so the barrel lay flat over the trails for transport and the outer part of the trails could be also folded inward to reduce its size. The gun had a small shield and wooden-spoked wheels. Although rather elderly-looking, its performance was superior to most contemporary designs and the gun was armed with both AP rounds and HE rounds for infantry support.

Armor penetration


  1. Jentz, pp. 62–63


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