APX Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897 (75 mm)

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The 75 mm APX Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897 is a French tank gun.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The APX Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897 has just enough penetration to knock out most vehicles it faces frontally. The explosive filler grants a knock-out, as a penetrating hit to any internal compartment will overpressure the crew. The reload is rather fast for a 75 mm cannon, which makes missing shots due to the poor velocity more forgiving. Side shots will be required for more heavily armoured tanks such as the M4A3 (105), StuH 42G or Pz.IV G.

Available ammunition

The APX Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897 has 2 shell types available:

  • The Mle 1916 APHE shell is, along with the HE shell, a stock shell. It penetrates 55 mm of armour at a 90° angle from 10 m away and travels at a velocity of 500 m/s right out of the barrel. It has 285 grams of TNT explosive filler, which means you don't need to aim for crew.
  • The Mle 1900 HE shell is a stock shell. It penetrates 11 mm of armour at all ranges and at all angles. It has 695 grams of TNT explosive filler and travels at a velocity of 500 m/s, same as the APHE. It obviously is very useless against most tanks, and should only be used to dispatch pesky open-topped vehicles if you somehow can't knock them out with an APHE shell.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Mle1916 APHE 55 54 49 43 37 33
Mle1900 HE 11 11 11 11 11 11
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Mle1916 APHE 500 7.2 1.2 14 285 47° 60° 65°
Mle1900 HE 500 5.3 0 0.1 695 79° 80° 81°

Comparison with analogues

The 75 mm KwK37/StuK37 and 75 mm Type 99 cannons are all quite similar. While the Japanese Type 99 has a worse APHE penetration, it also has the best APHE filler out of the three. The only disadvantage the APX Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897 has is the lack of HEAT projectiles, which all of the previously mentioned similar cannons have access to. With them all having about twice the penetration of their respective APHEs, with the Germans having the best HEAT. However, the APX Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897 does have the best penetration for an APHE round. The French and the Japanese cannons have the highest explosive filler, while the German round packs only 80 grams.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • The APHE round inflicts good post-penetration damage, often overpressurizing the crew from the inside
  • Rather short reload time for the calibre


  • Poor penetration for the BR
  • Low velocity makes it hard to aim at longer distances
  • No HEAT round for armoured targets


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See also

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France tank cannons
20 mm  20F2
25 mm  SA35 L/72
37 mm  SA18 L/21 · SA38 L/33
47 mm  SA34 L/30 · SA35 L/32 · SA37
75 mm  APX · APX Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897 · SA35 L/17 · SA44 · SA49 · SA50 L/57
90 mm  D.911 APX · CN90 F2 · CN90 F3 · CN90 F4 · D915 · DEFA F1 · SA45 · SA47
100 mm  SA47 L/58
105 mm  CN-105-F1 · Modele F2 · PzK M57
120 mm  GIAT CN120-25 G1 · GIAT CN120-26 F1 · SA46
142 mm  ACRA
155 mm  GCT F1 · Schneider 155 C · L'Obusier de 155 Modèle 1950
15 mm  MG 151 (Germany)
20 mm  MG 151 (Germany)
30 mm  Bushmaster 2 Mk.44 (USA)
37 mm  M6 (USA)
40 mm  Bofors L/60 · QF 2-pounder (Britain)
75 mm  KwK42 (Germany) · M3 (USA) · M6 (USA)
76 mm  M7 (USA)
90 mm  M3 (USA)
105 mm  M4 (USA)