Pak 43: The most powerful anti-tank gun of the Wehrmacht, which turned out to be almost unclaimed

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Pak 43: The most powerful anti-tank gun of the Wehrmacht, which turned out to be almost unclaimed

After the serial production of the 1942-mm Pak 75 anti-tank gun began in January 40, German engineers did not stop there. Despite the fact that the aforementioned gun more than successfully coped with the task assigned to it, armor protection tanks countries of the anti-Hitler coalition was constantly improving. Therefore, there is a need for a more powerful weapons, which became the gun Panzerjägerkanone 43.

The Pak 43 in 88mm began mass production in 1943. The basis of the most powerful anti-tank gun of the Wehrmacht was the Flak 41 anti-aircraft gun with a barrel length of 71 calibers. The main feature of the new "tank destroyer" was that the muzzle velocity of the projectile could reach 1130 m/s. At the same time, the effective firing range, according to the developers, was up to 2-2,5 km (depending on the type of projectile).



According to open sources, the Soviet IS-2 tank, whose frontal armor often withstood Pak 40 hits, was destroyed by Pak 88 fire in 43% of cases.

It would seem that the Wehrmacht had an ideal weapon. However, as is often the case in practice, the shortcomings negated all the advantages that were noted during the tests.

Firstly, during real battles it turned out that the statements of the designers about the effective range of 2-2,5 km do not correspond to reality. According to the reports of the German gunners, the speed of the projectile at the aforementioned distances fell critically.

Secondly, the traveling weight of the Pak 43 reached almost 5 tons. The maximum towing speed on the highway was 45 km / h. It was extremely difficult to transport the gun off-road, which made the gun and crew a very easy target.

Finally, thirdly, there were a number of economic reasons that made the gun extremely “unprofitable”. This should include an expensive anti-aircraft carriage, which, however, was later replaced with wheels from a 105-mm howitzer, which negatively affected the already low speed of transportation.

As a result, the Pak 43 gun continued to cope with the tasks assigned to the Pak 40 quite successfully. It is not surprising that more than 75 thousand units of 20 mm guns were fired, while 88 mm guns were produced 10 times less.

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  1. PPD
    +1
    April 6 2023 08: 36
    2 thousand pieces is also a lot.
    Although it is not surprising, drag such a colossus.
    Yes, and to disguise, a lot of time and effort must be spent.
    And this is also a resource.
    1. +1
      April 6 2023 09: 30
      Quote: PPD
      pull that shit


      the marching weight of the Pak 43 reached almost 5 tons. The maximum towing speed on the highway was 45 km / h. It was extremely difficult to transport the gun off-road, which made the gun and crew a very easy target.

      And the Tiger, Ferdinand, and the Jagdpanther appeared, armed with this gun, and not needing to be towed.
  2. +1
    April 6 2023 08: 41
    The war is won by the economy. Well, if the blitzkrieg option failed. You cannot drag out the confrontation if your economy is not as powerful as that of the enemy. Surely something will not be enough, and the problems will be as critical as a selection. Tungsten, for example, is not enough ...
    1. -8
      April 6 2023 08: 56
      Quote: Mikhail3
      The war is won by the economy.

      Who would tell the sect of Saint Hymars, F-35 and swarm drones)))
  3. +1
    April 6 2023 08: 45
    Pak 43: The most powerful anti-tank gun of the Wehrmacht


    But what about Pak 44?


    88mm is more powerful than 128mm?
    1. +2
      April 6 2023 11: 02
      Well, Pak 43 is "the most powerful", and Pak 44 is quite powerful ... something like this ... you need to understand feel
  4. -1
    April 6 2023 14: 21
    Another "informational masterpiece". Moreover, the authors messed up twice already in the title.
    Pak 43: The most powerful anti-tank gun of the Wehrmacht

    The most powerful anti-tank gun of the Wehrmacht was the 128 mm Pak 44.



    almost unclaimed

    In order to find out which anti-tank gun turned out to be the most unclaimed in the Wehrmacht, a whole competition must be held. One thing is for sure - this is not a Pak 43.
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  6. 0
    April 6 2023 22: 50
    Some people are right that Cancer - 44 were more powerful (after all, the caliber of 128 mm versus 88 mm means something), although they are much smaller in number - only about one and a half hundred different modifications. Against almost 2100 units Cancer - 43 (there is a mention of almost 3 guns), not counting those installed in self-propelled guns. Why "unclaimed"? During the war, the industry is always forced to look for the best options for the production of military equipment, the key problems of which are high cost and manufacturability. Many examples can be cited when weapon models, excellent in tactical and technical characteristics and practical application, remained in single copies, or were suspended in production, precisely for production reasons (and in the USSR too). The same "Waffentrager" (a simple version of self-propelled guns with Cancer - 500), due to overloaded factory production, they began to produce only in March 43, planning to bring the planned mass production to 45 units by the end of the year! But the war ended a little earlier...
  7. 0
    April 7 2023 16: 51
    What does that gun have to do with today's events? What will it give for what is going on at this time?

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