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  • Pak 41...75/55mm

    Very impressive! http://www.lonesentry.com/articles/t...nk-pak-41.html

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    Yes it was but it relied on tungsten and that commodity was in short supply in Germany throughout the war.

    The Germans had a 28mm and 40mm version using the same squeeze bore technology but they found limited or specialised use (w/ German paras in Tunisia, for example) due to problems with ammunition supply.
    The Purist

    Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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    • #3
      Good post TP. As with many impressive German weapons (the Tiger II and lack of fuel comes to mind), the PAK 41 relied on something the Germans often/never had a lot of.

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      • #4
        ithink the PAK-41 was not the success the germans had hoped for , however it was a little ahead of its time , in that it proved a good indicater of what sort of technology would be required to properly arm airbourne forces in the future.

        As with most of the weapons used by WW-2 airbourne forces, the Pak-41 was a compromise between weight , height and killing power, but i feel confidant that it gave designers a good idea in which direction to travel in order to arm their airbourne troops. Prehaps in that regard we can suggest that it was a success?

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        • #5
          I'm not so sure. The problem with squeeze-bore technology is that there is very high barrel wear because of the nature of the rounds. Designing a gun for use by units that will normally have to fight isolated for periods of time and that cannot be provided with proper quantities of ammunition seems like a blind alley to me.

          Most use of these types of guns were was abaondoned for just that reason. Nice technology but it is worth noting that it was not pursued after the war by any of the armies. Instead the more effecient, lighter and cheaper recoiless rifles using a HEAT round found favour with light infantry. The US deployed both a 57mm and 75mm version during the war and the Germans a 75mm and 105mm (less flexible than the US models).
          The Purist

          Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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          • #6
            http://www.lonesentry.com/german_antitank/index.html

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