7.5 cm Pak 40 (7.5 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 40)
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Caliber: 75mm (2.95 inch)
Length: 20 ft 4 in
Weight: 3,142 lbs.
Rate of Fire: 14 Rounds per minute
Effective Range: 1,800 metres (5,906 ft) direct fire; 7,678 metres (25,190 ft) indirect HE shell
The Pak 40 was the standard German anti-tank gun from 1941 until the end of the war. About 23,500 Pak 40s were produced, and about 6,000 more were used to arm tank destroyers. This gun was effective against almost every allied tank during the war. It was so effective, that the Russians captured these guns by the thousands towards the end of the war. There were so many different rounds made for the PAK 40, that it was effective in almost any situation.
15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 18 (sFH 18)
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Caliber: 149.1 mm (5.89 in)
Barrel Length: 14 ft 9 in
Weight: 12,191 lbs.
Rate of Fire: 4 Rounds per minute
Maximum Firing Range: 8.23 miles
The sFH 18 was produced between 1933 and 1945, with 5,403 of them being built. The problem with these weapons was their lack of mobility. A 6-ton weapon required quite a lot of equipment to move around, which made it slow. While this weapon was large and extremely deadly, it fell short of a few of the common Russian artillery guns, which prompted the creation of several different varieties. While the gun may not have been extremely effective in WWII, certain countries like Finland are still using it today.
8 cm Granatwerfer 34
Caliber: 81.4 mm (3.20 in)
Barrel Length: 45 in.
Weight: 136.6 lbs.
Rate of Fire: 15-25 Rounds per minute
Maximum Firing Range: 1.5 miles
The 8 cm Granatwerfer 34 (8 cm GrW 34) was the standard German heavy mortar throughout World War II. It gained a reputation for extreme accuracy and rapid rate of fire. The design of the weapon was conventional and it broke down into three loads (barrel, bipod, baseplate) for transport. The barrel was smooth bore. Attached to its bipod were a traversing handwheel, and a cross-leveling handwheel below the elevating mechanism. A panoramic sight was mounted on the traversing mechanism yoke for fine adjustments. The mortar employed conventional 8 cm 3.5 kg high explosive or smoke shells with percussion fuzes. The range could be extended by fitting up to three additional powder charges between the shell tailfins.