3.7 cm KwK 36

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3.7 cm KwK 36
Type Tank gun
Place of origin Nazi Germany
Service history
Used by  Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Produced 1930s
Shell 37 × 249 mm. R
Caliber 37 mm (1.45 in)
Carriage Turret
Traverse 360°
Muzzle velocity 762 m/s (2,500 ft/s)
Effective firing range 300 m (328 yds)
Maximum firing range 5,484 m (5,997 yds)

The 3.7 cm KwK 36 L/45 (3.7 cm Kampfwagenkanone 36 L/45) was a German 3.7 cm cannon used primarily as the chief weapon of variants of the German SdKfz.141 Panzerkampfwagen III medium tank. It was used in vehicles that saw action in the Second World War.

It was essentially the 3.7 cm PaK 36 used as a tank gun.


Vehicles mounted on[edit]

  • Leichttraktor
  • Neubaufahrzeug
  • Sd.Kfz. 141 Panzerkampfwagen III versions A until E (de: Ausfertigung A bis E)
  • Sd.Kfz. 141 Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf. F (the last 100 Ausf. F mounted the 5 cm KwK 38 L/42 gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 141 Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf. G (the first 50 Ausf. G)