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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 8.8-cm KwK 36,
8.8-cm Kampfwagenkanone 36

Only the Tiger I used this gun.

Design

The barrel had a double baffle muzzle brake to decrease the recoil. There were also hydraulic buffers with hydropneumatic recuperators to reduce the recoil. There was a large spring to the left in the turret to balance the gun.

The breech was similar to the 75 mm L/43 and 75 mm L/48 guns.

The gun was electrically fired.

Ammunition

The KwK 36 used the same ammunition as the FlaK 18, FlaK 36, and FlaK 37, but it was named Panzergranate (Pzgr) to signify it was tank ammunition.

  8.8-cm KwK 36
Caliber 88 mm
Length of gun 56 calibers
Length of bore  
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Elevation  
Traverse  
Muzzle Velocity  
Rate of fire  
Range of shell horizontal  
Ceiling  
Ceiling at 70°  
Shell weight  
Armor penetration Pzgr 39: 100 mm @ 1,000 m
Pzgr 40: 138 mm @ 1,000 m
Breech mechanism  
Length of wheelbase  

Sources:

  1. New Vanguard 88 mm KwK 36/36/37/41 and PaK 43 1936-45, John Norris, 2002
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site