5 cm KwK 38

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The 5 cm KwK 38 L/42 (5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 38 L/42) was a German 5 cm cannon used as the main armament of variants of the German SdKfz.141 Panzerkampfwagen III medium tank. It was used in vehicles that saw action in the Second World War. There was no towed anti-tank gun variant.[1]

Ammunition[edit]

Average penetration performance established against rolled homogenous steel armor plate laid back at 30° from the vertical.[2]

PzGr (Armour Piercing)[edit]

  • Weight of projectile: 2.06 kg
  • Muzzle velocity: 685 m/s
100 m 500 m 1000 m 1500 m
53 mm 43 mm 32 mm 24 mm

PzGr. 39 (Armour-piercing, capped, ballistic cap)[edit]

  • Weight of projectile: 2.06 kg
  • Muzzle velocity: 685 m/s
100 m 500 m 1000 m 1500 m
55 mm 47 mm 37 mm 28 mm

PzGr. 40 (Armour-piercing, composite, rigid)[edit]

  • Weight of projectile: 0.925 kg
  • Muzzle velocity: 1050 m/s
100 m 500 m
94 mm 55 mm

Vehicles mounted on[edit]

  • Panzerkampfwagen III (Sd. Kfz. 141) - Ausf. F to J (serial production), several earlier models were re-equipped with this gun.[1]
  • VK 20 series proposed replacement of the Panzer III and IV[3]

See also[edit]

Weapons of comparable role, performance and era[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rottman, Gordon L. (2008). M3 Medium Tank Vs Panzer III: Kasserine Pass 1943. Osprey Publishing. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-84603-261-5. 
  2. ^ Ankerstjerne, Christian. "Armor Penetration Table". http://www.panzerworld.com/. 
  3. ^ Jentz, Thomas; Doyle, Hilary. Germany's Panther Tank. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. p. 11. ISBN 0887408125.