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The 3.7 cm KwK 36 L/45 (3.7 cm Kampfwagenkanone 36 L/45) was a German 3.7 cm cannon used primarily as the main armament of earlier variants of the German SdKfz.141 Panzerkampfwagen III medium tank. It was used during the Second World War.

3.7 cm KwK 36
TypeTank gun
Place of originNazi Germany
Service history
Used byNazi Germany
WarsWorld War II
Production history
Produced1930s
Specifications
Shell37 × 249 mm. R
Caliber37 mm (1.45 in)
CarriageTurret
Traverse360°
Muzzle velocity762 m/s (2,500 ft/s)
Effective firing range300 m (328 yds)
Maximum firing range5,484 m (5,997 yds)

It was essentially the 3.7 cm Pak 36 used as a tank gun.

AmmunitionEdit

The 3.7 cm KwK 36 used the 37 x 249 mm. R cartridge. Average penetration performance established against rolled homogeneous steel armor plate laid back at 30° from the vertical.[1]

PzGr.18 (Armour-piercing)
  • Weight of projectile: 0.658 kg (1 lb 7.2 oz)
  • Muzzle velocity: 745 m/s (2,440 ft/s)
100 m 500 m 1000 m 1500 m 2000 m
34 mm 29 mm 22 mm 20 mm
PzGr.40 (Armour-piercing, composite, rigid)
  • Weight of projectile: 0.368 kg (13.0 oz)
  • Muzzle velocity: 1,020 m/s (3,300 ft/s)
100 m 500 m 1000 m 1500 m 2000 m
64 mm 31 mm

PzGr.39 - Armour-piercing

Sprgr.Patr.34 - High-explosive

Vehicles mounted onEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Ankerstjerne, Christian. "Armor Penetration Table". Panzerworld. Retrieved 23 October 2016.

2. http://www.wehrmacht-history.com/heer/panzer-armaments/3.7-cm-kwk-36.htm