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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 8.8-cm PaK 43

Krupp modified the FlaK 37 to be a anti-tank weapon.

Design

It was designed to be mounted on a cruciform (kreuzlafette) carriage with pneumatic wheels, however, rubber supplies declined and the wheels became solid.

Usage

By lowering jacks that bore the weight of the carriage, removing the wheels, and spreading the outrigger arms it was ready to fire.

The gun was designed so that it could be fired with the wheels still mounted.

The gun had safety switches that would not allow the gun to fire if it was set in a position that would allow the breech to strike the platform legs on recoil.

  8.8-cm PaK 43
Caliber 88 mm
Traveling  
Length 9.15 m
Height 2.02 m
Front width  
Rear width  
Weight 5,000 kg
Firing  
Length  
Height 1.5 m
Outrigger arms width  
Weight Wheels on: 4,500 kg
Wheels off: 3,700 kg
Other Specs  
Length of gun 6.2 m
Length of bore  
Calibers  
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Elevation -8° to +40°
Traverse Wheels off: 360°
Wheels on: 30° left, 30° right
Muzzle Velocity HE: 968 m/sec
AP40: 1,200 m/sec
Rate of fire 10 rpm
Range of shell horizontal HE: 21,000
Ceiling  
Shell weight HE: 9.2 kg
AP40: 10.4 kg
Armor penetration  
Breech mechanism  
Length of wheelbase  
Ground clearance  

Sources:

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