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.

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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.

Specifications

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

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

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