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  • Anti-personnel cartridge 37 mm gun

    I`ve read that there were also anti-personnel cartdidges available for the 37 mm anti-tank gun. Were these standard equipment in the Mk.III or just for the AT units? Does anybody has pictures of this grenade and knows how it works: is it just schrapnel or also metalballs?

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    I have never seen a canister shot for a 37 mm L/45 and I have seen references there were no KWK that had canister shot but nothing solid sorry. I do know the American M-3 37mm a/t gun used one
    http://www.inert-ord.net/usa03a/usa5/37mm/index.html
    perhaps this is what you heard?

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    • #3
      The only German canister round I know of is one for the 75/L24 KwK 37. As far as I can tell it was rarely used or carried.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Brumbear View Post
        I have never seen a canister shot for a 37 mm L/45 and I have seen references there were no KWK that had canister shot but nothing solid sorry. I do know the American M-3 37mm a/t gun used one
        http://www.inert-ord.net/usa03a/usa5/37mm/index.html
        perhaps this is what you heard?
        I`ve read it in: Gottlob Herbert Bidermann - In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front

        He was in a AT unit of the 132nd infantry division.

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        • #5
          A quick look at wikipedia says that there was a 37mm HE round for this: the Sprenggranate.

          http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/3,7-cm-PaK_36#Munition

          I think the issue would be that an explosive round this small would be nearly ineffective. It seems however that at least on paper, it was issued at the beginning of the war and not in small quantities. The same page says

          An der Front wurden für ein Geschütz ein Munitionsvorrat von 120 Panzergranaten 39, 30 Panzergranaten 40 und 100 Sprenggranaten mitgeführt.


          @Brumbear:
          Yes, you are right, this is not a canister shell. It's an ordinary HE shell. Still it's intended for anti-personnel use.
          Last edited by Michele; 22 Nov 12, 01:57.
          Michele

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          • #6
            I looked it up in Bidermanns book, it said that in a battle near the Dnjepr after expending all their anti-personnel rounds for the 37 mm pak they fired HE and AT rounds at them. Probably they did had AP cartridges for the 37 mm.

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