KwK44 (128 mm)

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The 128 mm KwK 44 is a German tank cannon that is a variant of the heavy anti-tank gun PaK 44. Firing a 128 mm 28 kilogram projectile at 880 m/s, the KwK 44 is able to produce heavy kinetic energy for above par penetration capabilities with armour-piercing shells.

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General info

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Available shells

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Comparison with analogues

  • PaK 44 (128 mm) - The anti-tank gun that the KwK 44 is based off of.
  • D-25T (122 mm) - The Soviet counterpart where the KwK/PaK 44 was inspired from.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • High muzzle velocity
  • High penetration values


  • Slow reload
  • Sluggish gun movement


Historically, the 128 mm was in use by the German navy (Kreigsmarine) as a medium-calibre gun for destroyer in the form of the SKC/34, and in use by the air force (Luftwaffe) for the Flak corps as a static defensive weapon to protect the German skies. The German army (Heer) began looking into a 128 mm gun after being inspired by the Russian heavy artillery gun in the 122 mm calibre, especially after the introduction of heavy Soviet tanks like the IS-2. In the eyes of high command, a heavy anti-tank gun was needed to fight against these new generation of Soviet tanks rather than the original dual purpose howitzer gun. Thus the PaK 44 and the tank version KwK 44 were developed. The gun could double as an artillery piece by the use of fewer charges giving the shells curvature. At the end of the war, a total of 51 units were produced.


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See also

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Germany tank cannons
20 mm  KwK30 · KwK38 · Rh202
28/20 mm  s.Pz.B.41
37 mm  KwK34(t) · KwK36 · KwK38(t) · PaK L/45
47 mm  Pak.(t)(Sf.)
50 mm  KwK39 · KwK L/42 · PaK38
57 mm  Bofors L/70 Mk.1
75 mm  K51 L/24 · KwK37 · KwK40 · KwK42 · KwK44 · KwK44 L/36.5 · PaK39 L48 · PaK40/3 L46 · PaK42 · StuK37 · StuK40
76 mm  PaK36 (r)
88 mm  Flak.37 · Flak 41 · KwK36 · KwK43 · PaK43
90 mm  BK90
105 mm  FMK.4 Modelo 1L · GT-3 · K.18 · KwK L/68 · L7A3 · PzK M57 · StuH42
120 mm  Rh120 L/44 · Rh120 L/55
128 mm  K.40 · KwK44 · PaK44
150 mm  s.I.G.33 · Stu.H 43 L/12
57 mm  6pdr OQF Mk.V (Britain)
73 mm  2A28 (USSR)
75 mm  M3 (USA)
76 mm  F-32 (USSR) · F-34 (USSR) · M32 (USA)
90 mm  M36 (USA) · M41 (USA)
152 mm  M-10T (USSR) · XM150E5 (USA)