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8.8 cm KwK 36

Panzer Armament

8.8 cm KwK 36

Service Data:

In Service: to

Production Data:

Number built:

Technical Data:

Type: Kampfwagenkanone

Calibre: 8.8 cm
Length: 4.928 m
Weight: kg
Breech: semi-automatic sliding block, percussion fired
Carriage: turret
Elevation: -9° to +10° Tiger I Ausf. E
Traverse: 360
Sight: TZF9b, TZF9c
Ammunition: Pzgr. Pzgr.39 Pzgr.40 Gr.39 Hl
Rate of fire: rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity: 820 m/s
Effective range: 14,815 m
Shell Weight: 9.40 kg
Used by: Heer

Other: Panzer Armaments


The 8.8 cm KwK 36 L/56 or (8.8 cm Kampfwagenkanone 36 L/56) and was the main armamemet for
Tiger I Ausf. E
VK3601(H) Panzer VI
VK4501(H) Panzer VI
VK4501(P) Panzer VI

The main ammunition round used was the Panzergranate 39 and Panzergranate 40 which could penetrate up to 120 mm of armour plate at a range of 100 metres and 83 mm at a range of 2,000 metres, The 8.8 cm KwK 36 L/56 was probably amongst one of the most feared weapons during World War II due to the fact that it was extremely accurate.


8.8 cm KwK 36 picture 2

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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