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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.

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. The arms had spades on the end that dug into the ground.

The gun was mounted on a solid tired carriage that was from the 10.5-cm le FH18/40.

The gun had a double buffle muzzle brake.

Usage

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

  8.8-cm PaK 43/41
Caliber 88 mm
Traveling  
Length 9.15 m
Height  
Front width  
Rear width  
Weight  
Firing  
Length  
Height 1.98 m
Width 2.53 m
Outrigger arms width  
Weight 4,380 kg
Other Specs  
Length of gun  
Length of bore  
Calibers L/71
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Elevation -5° to +38°
Traverse 28° left, 28° right
Muzzle Velocity  
Rate of fire 10 rpm
Range of shell horizontal  
Ceiling  
Shell weight 23 g
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