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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 8.8-cm KwK 43,
8.8-cm Kampfwagenkanone 43

Was based on the PaK 43 design.1

Design

Had a double baffle muzzle brake to reduce recoil.1

Ammunition

The KwK 43 used the same ammunition, with some cartridge case modifications, as the PaK 43.1

The high velocity ammunition wore down the barrel quickly.1 Later production versions were made with barrels in two parts.1

  8.8-cm KwK 43
Caliber 88 mm1
Length of gun 71 calibers1
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 40/43: 193 mm @ 1,000 m1
Breech mechanism Vertical sliding1
Length of wheelbase  

Sources:

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