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5 cm PaK 38

Anti-Tank Artillery

5 cm PaK 38

Service Data:

In Service: 1940 to 1945

Production Data:

Manufacturer: Rheinmetall-Borsig
Number built:

Technical Data:

Type: Panzerabwehrkanone

Calibre: 5 cm
Length: 3.187 m
Weight: 986 kg
Breech: horizontal semi-automatic sliding block, percussion fired
Carriage: split trail
Elevation: -8° to +27°
Traverse: 65
Rate of fire: 13 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity: 823 m/s
Effective range: 2,650 m
Shell Weight: 2.25 kg
Used by: Heer
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Film Footage Gallery

This clip shows a 5 cm PaK 38 in action, and being fired.

Heer Comments


German Artillery in World War II. 1939-1945.
ISBN-10: 0887407625

German Artillery of World War Two.
ISBN-10: 1853672610

German infantry weapons of World War II.
ISBN-10: 0882543725

German Small Arms of World War II.
ISBN-10: 0896730239

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