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"Mounting of 50-mm (2 in) Kw.K 39 Tank Gun" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A report on mounting of 50-mm tank gun in German Panzer III tanks, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 33, September 9, 1943.

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A preliminary examination in the United Kingdom of a captured PzKw 3 Model L (Tp)* has disclosed that the long-barreled 50-mm tank gun, 50-mm Kw. K 39, is balanced by means of a torsion-bar compensator.

[Mounting of 50-mm Kw K 39 Tank Gun]

As shown in the sketch, the torsion bar is mounted on the inside of the turret roof parallel to the trunnion axis and is anchored at each end. An arm is attached to the center of the bar which carries at its free end a pair of rollers. The bar is pre-set so that the rollers exert a downward force on a flat plate bolted to the gun cradle a few inches from the trunnion axis.

It will be seen from the sketch that, as this plate is fairly close to the trunnion axis, the maximum twist of the bar (from full depression to full elevation) is quite small.

The short tank gun, 50-mm Kw. K, in a captured PzKw 3 Model J previously examined was balanced by a coil spring in compression on the right of the mounting.

*The abbreviation Tp (Tropmunition) following the model-letter of the tank indicates that this tank is adapted for use in the tropics.


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