The 8.8 cm Pak 43 (Panzerabwehrkanone 43) was an anti-tank gun, with a hydro-pneumatic recoil system, used by the Wehrmacht mechanized infantry units during World War II. Manufactured by Krupp, it was in service from 1943 until the end of the war and was fielded on all three Fronts of the European theater of operation. The 8.8 cm Pak 43 was an effective and powerful anti-tank gun capable destroying and putting out of action any Soviet and Allied tank and armored vehicle.

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Although the main version was set on an effective, 4-wheeled, cruciform mount, a simplified variant was mounted on a two-weeled split-trail carriage, being hauled to the battlefield by trucks or tracked military vehicles. With a 6.61m-long rifled barrel, it had an effective range of 4,000 m, being able to punch holes in a 140mm-thick steel plate, with a 30º inclination, located at 2,000 m away. This tank-buster gun was also mounted on the chassis of tank destroyers, such the Nashorn, Elefant, and Jagdpanther, as well as in the Tiger II tank’s turret.

Specifications

Type: anti-tank gun

Caliber: 88mm

Barrel length: 6.61 m

Weight: 4.4 tons

Breech type: horizontal sliding block

Elevation: -5º to +38º

Rate of fire: 15 rpm

Muzzle velocity: 1,130 m/s – 1,000 m/s

Shell: 7.3 kg Panzergranate 40/43 armor-piercing round or 10.2 kg PzGr 39 APR

8.8 cm Pak 43 in Action (footage)

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