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"New German 75-mm Antitank Gun" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following brief report on the German 75-mm Pak 40 antitank gun is reproduced from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 18, Feb. 11, 1943.

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With the increasing potential effectiveness of the tank, particularly in more powerful armament and greater armor thickness, there has of necessity been a corresponding development in antitank weapons. Perhaps the greatest threat to the tank is the antitank gun. Until recently the largest caliber German antitank gun (as differentiated from the AA/AT gun, or the tank gun) has been the 50-mm. It is now believed that the Germans have a 75-mm antitank gun, the 7.5-cm Pak 40. This is probably the long-barreled tank gun of the new Mark IV German tank, produced as a field piece. The importance of this development cannot be overestimated, since guns of the 50-mm class may thereby be rendered obsolescent. A further stage in the gun - vs. - armor battle may have been reached.


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