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5 cm KwK 38

Panzer Armament

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Service Data:

In Service: 1940 to 1945

Production Data:

Manufacturer: Rheinmetall-Borsig
Number built:

Technical Data:

Type: Kampfwagenkanone

Calibre: 5 cm
Length: 210.00 m
Weight: kg
Breech: horizontal semi-automatic sliding block, percussion fired
Carriage: turret
Elevation: -10° to +20° Panzer III Ausf. G
Traverse: 360
Sight: TZF5d,
Ammunition: Pzgr. Pzgr.39 Pzgr.40
Rate of fire: 13 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity: 685 m/s Pzgr.39
Effective range: 2,650 m
Shell Weight: 2.25 kg
Used by: Heer
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The 5 cm KwK 38 L/42 or (Kampfwagenkanone 38 L/42) And was the main armamemet for
Panzer III Ausf. G
Panzer III Ausf. G mit Schachtellaufwerk
Panzer III Ausf. H
Panzer III Ausf. J
Panzerbefehlswagen III mit 5 cm Kwk 38 L/42
Pionierpanzerwagen auf Fgst Panzer III

The main ammunition round used was the Panzergranate 39 which could penetrate up to 55 mm of armour plate at a range of 100 metres and 47 mm at a range of 500 metres


Heer Comments


German Military Vehicles.
ISBN-10: 087349783X

Armoured Fighting Vehicles of Germany World War II.
ISBN-10: 0214203077

Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World Two.
ISBN-10: 1854095188

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