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Dutch imaginary artillery desigm

June 6 2010 at 1:08 PM

Response to Arms production and equipment continued

Elaborating a bit further on the above mentioned artillery production:

Anti-tank guns:

Late 1941 the Dutch would need a larger anti-tank gun. Buying them abraod is probably no option, although they might be able to barter some small numbers of German PAK40. Instead they develop anti-tank ammo for the Vickers 75mm AA gun and convert a small batch of these guns on mobile carriages. Both Swiss (PAK 37)and Romanians (Resita) would use the very same barrel in the anti-tank role.

Hembrug could fit the gun on their 75mm field gun carriage, though that might be to weak. The carriage of the Bofors 105mm field gun is to heavy, so either they develop their own carriage or they copy the PAK 40 one or even the Bofors carriage of the 75mm field gun. They might need to construct a muzzle brake and/or shorten the barrel from L46 to L40 in order to control the energy of the gun.

Like stated above, these "Hembrug 7,5 cm Pag" may be used on a tracked armoured chassis to field a tank hunter. But the majority will be used on fixed mounts in the Grebbelinie and other defences. Of the mobile version, just two or three dozen may be built for use with the Light Division, replacing that unit's 4,7 cm Pag.

Anti-aircraft guns:

By mid-war the 75mm Vickers and Skoda guns become outdated. A new more powerful AA gun is needed. The Dutch Navy by that time employs the Wilton-Fijenoord-Bofors 12 cm L45 AA gun. This weapon can be used on shore as well and several dozens might be built for use around the Dutch main cities and ports.

Heavy field pieces:

As the German 105mm howitzers become available, they start replacing the 12 cm howitzers and the large number of older 12 and 15 cm weapons still in service. The 48 pieces 12 cm L14 can be sent to the Indies in 1941 without any further ado.

The Dutch still need modern heavy 15 cm field guns or howitzers. A couple of 15cm sFH could be traded from Germany and they could start building the Bofors 15 cm howitzer, of which the carriage is already in production in Holland for use with the Dutch 10 Velds. It should take a while to start up production of the 15 cm barrels but by 1943 these modern weapons should be entering service.

The older 12 and 15 cm weapons (19th century vintage, though their breeches have been modernized in the 1920s) could be send to the Indies for use in coastal defences as soon as they become available. But if the Indies do fall in early 1942, they wont make it in time.

The Dutch could also mount a modernization program for the 15 cm L24 guns by fitting them on a cradle and on a modern carriage, again the same one as the Bofors carriage for the 10 Veld and 15 cm howitzer. This weapon will look very much like the Bofors converted Krupp 15 cm for the Portuguese Army.

The Hembrug 75 mm L30 field gun is still a useful weapon but an updated version may be developed, using the same Hembrug carriage, normal wheels for fast towing and a longer barrel (L35, basically the concept of the HIH propsal of the mid-20s) for increased range. This gun, fitted with a new modern Werkspoor shield (an enlarged version of the Werkspoor shield for the 4,7 cm Pag), could be the standard mobile field gun of the Light Division. It could also be used as an anti-tank weapon, competing with the Hembrug 7,5 cm Pag design. Which raised the discussion of both types are needed or just one of them!

This message has been edited by nuyt on Jun 6, 2010 1:14 PM

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