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"German 88-mm AT Gun" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following specifications of the German 88-mm antitank gun were originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 47, June 1, 1944.

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Examination of materiel abandoned by the enemy has made available some additional specifications of the German 88-mm antitank gun, Model 1943. Mention of this gun was included in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 38, p. 7.

General data concerning the gun:

Muzzle velocity         3,600 (approx)
Weight  9,700 lbs
Weight of armor-piercing shell      22 lbs
Range of high-explosive shell  17,000 yds
Elevation   -5° to 38°
Deflection   58°

It is reported that the gun will penetrate about 5 inches of armor at normal ranges. The carriage is the same as that used for the 155-mm howitzer. The guns are said to be organized in independent battalions under Army headquarters.


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