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"The German 'AP 40' Antitank Shot" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A short report on German antitank ammunition, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 24, May 6, 1943.

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This is a special type of AP ammunition used with most German tank and antitank guns in addition to the conventional AP projectile. It consists of a mild-steel body, a light-alloy or plastic ballistic cap, and a cemented, tungsten-carbide core. The weight is only about 50 to 65 percent of that of normal AP shell. The muzzle velocity is high, but the velocity falls off rapidly with the increasing range so that increased penetration is obtained at short ranges only.


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