7.5 cm Pak 40

The 7.5-cm Pak 40 (Panzerabwehrkanone 40) was a German 75-mm-caliber anti-tank gun used by the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS units from late 1941 until 1945 on both the Eastern and Western Fronts of World War II as it was the German infantry’s mainstay anti-tank weapon. It had the same mechanical design as the 5-cm Pak 38. This 75-mm anti-tank gun was also used a field gun (Fk 40) by Wehrmacht’s artillery units.


It was an accurate and dependable gun that could put out of action any Allied and Russian tank or any other type of armored vehicle from a long way off. With a muzzle velocity of 2,460 ft/s (800m/s), it could punch holes in a Soviet T-34 tank at 2 km away, using a wide range of ammunition (4.1-kg tungsten-cored AP40, 5.74-kg HE, etc). Mounted on a two-weeled split-trail carriage, it was towed to the battlefield by trucks. However, it was also mounted in anti-tank armored vehicles. Rheinmetall produced approximately 23,000 7.5-cm Pak 40s throughout the war.


Caliber: 75mm

Weight: 1,500 kg

Barrel length: 3.45 m

Total length: 6.2 m

Type of breech: horizontal sliding block

Elevation: -5º to + 22º

Rate of fire: 14 rounds per minute

Crew: 5 troops


Anti-tank gun 7.5-cm Pak 40 in action (WWII footage)

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