4.2 cm Pak 41

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
4.2 cm Pak 41
Pak 41 4,2cm kalemegdan.jpg
TypeAnti-tank gun
Place of originNazi Germany
Service history
Used byGermany
WarsWorld War II
Production history
No. built313
Weight642 kg (1,000 lb)
Length235 cm (7 ft 9 in)
Barrel length211.4 cm (6 ft 11 in) L/52

ShellFixed QF 42 × 406 mm. R
Shell weight336 g (11.9 oz)[1]
Caliber28-42 mm (1.1-1.6 in)
BreechHorizontal sliding-block
CarriageSplit trail
Elevation-8° to +25°
Muzzle velocity1,265 m/s (4,150 ft/s)
Effective firing range1,000 m (1,000 yd)

The 4.2 cm Pak 41 was a light anti-tank gun issued to German airborne units in World War II. This gun was externally similar to the 3.7 cm Pak 36, using a modified version of the latter's carriage, but used the squeeze bore principle (in German called Gerlich after Hermann Gerlich, who developed the principle in the 1920s, reportedly for a hunting rifle) to boost its velocity, and hence armour-piercing ability. The bore had a diameter of 42 mm at the chamber, but tapered down to 28 mm at the muzzle. Production was terminated in May 1942 after the delivery of 136 guns. By November 1944, 41 remained in service.


  • Projectile weight: AP 0.336 kg (12 ounces)
Range Penetration at 0 degrees from vertical Penetration at 30 degrees from vertical
Source: Gander&Chamberlain[2] Hogg[3] Gander&Chamberlain[2] Hogg[3]
0 m 124  mm - mm 95 mm - mm
100 m - mm 120 mm - mm 90 mm
250 m 105 mm - mm 83 mm  mm
500 m 87 mm 87 mm 72 mm 72 mm
750 m 70 mm - mm 62 mm - mm
1000 m 60 mm 60 mm 53 mm 53 mm

See also[edit]


  • Gander, Terry and Chamberlain, Peter. Weapons of the Third Reich: An Encyclopedic Survey of All Small Arms, Artillery and Special Weapons of the German Land Forces 1939-1945. New York: Doubleday, 1979 ISBN 0-385-15090-3
  • Hogg, Ian V. German Artillery of World War Two. 2nd corrected edition. Mechanicsville, PA: Stackpole Books, 1997 ISBN 1-85367-480-X
  1. ^ Chamberlain, Peter (1974). Anti-tank weapons. Gander, Terry. New York: Arco Pub. Co. p. 12. ISBN 0668036079. OCLC 1299755.
  2. ^ a b German translation of the book "Small Arms, Artillery and Special Weapons of the Third Reich. An encyclopedic survey" by T. Gander and P. Chamberlain (Jane's Publishers Ltd) from 2005 (ISBN 3613024810)
  3. ^ a b "German Artillery of World War Two" by Ian V. Hogg, corrected 1997 reprint