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"Penetration of German 88-mm Antitank Gun" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following report on the performance of the German 88-mm gun was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 8, Sept. 24, 1942.

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The following penetration figures for the German 88-mm dual-purpose gun, using armor-piercing shell against armor and concrete, have been obtained from a captured German document. Angle of attack is given as 70 degrees. The quality of armor attacked is not stated, but it is believed to be of standard German specifications:

Range in Meters     Thickness of Armor (mm)     Thickness of Concrete (mm)
  500 (  547 yds)     71 (2.0 in)     1,100 (43.31 in)
1,000 (1,094 yds)     67 (2.64 in)     1,000 (39.37 in)
1,500 (1,640 yds)     65 (2.156 in)       900 (35.43 in)
2,000 (2,187 yds)     63 (2.48 in)       800 (31.50 in)


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