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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 8.8-cm PaK 43/41

Krupp designed the PaK 43/41 and it entered service in 1943.1

Design

Originally it was to have the cruciform carriage but due to its complexity Krupp decided to use a two wheeled split carriage that was built from existing components from other weapons.1 The arms had spades on the end that dug into the ground.1

The gun was mounted on a solid tired carriage that was from the 10.5-cm le FH18/40.1

The gun had a double buffle muzzle brake.1

Usage

The soldiers called it the 'barn door' (Scheunetor) because of it's large gun shield.1

  8.8-cm PaK 43/41
Caliber 88 mm1
Traveling  
Length 9.15 m1
Height  
Front width  
Rear width  
Weight  
Firing  
Length  
Height 1.98 m1
Width 2.53 m1
Outrigger arms width  
Weight 4,380 kg1
Other Specs  
Length of gun  
Length of bore  
Calibers L/711
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Elevation -5° to +38°1
Traverse 28° left, 28° right1
Muzzle Velocity  
Rate of fire 10 rpm1
Range of shell horizontal  
Ceiling  
Shell weight 23 g1
Armor penetration  
Breech mechanism  
Length of wheelbase  
Ground clearance  

Sources:

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