KwK40 (75 mm)

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Description

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Vehicles equipped with this weapon

L/43
L/48

General info

The KwK 40 was a tank version of PaK 40 cannon. It is an excellent cannon, with high penetration and a decent explosive filler.

Available ammunition

  • PzGr 39 - APCBC - This should be the main ammo type, as it deals the most damage because of its explosive filler.
  • Hl.Gr. 38B - HEAT - it is recommended to completely avoid this kind of shell as its performance is vastly inferior in all aspects compared to APCBC or APCR ammo used by this tank.
  • PzGr 40 - APCR - This type of ammo should be used only if there will be trouble penetrating the opponent, or trying to hit a fast-moving tank at some distance. However, its damaging potential is much lower because it has no explosive filler to further enhance damage after the penetration. Use it against heavily armoured foes, that the PzGr 39 cannot penetrate.
  • Sprgr. 34 - HE - Carry only very few of these. They are useless against anything other than unarmoured AA vehicles.
Penetration statistics (L/43)
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
PzGr 39 APCBC 137 135 123 110 98 88
Hl.Gr 38B HEAT 80 80 80 80 80 80
PzGr 40 APCR 163 159 143 126 110 96
Sprgr. 34 HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
Penetration statistics (L/48)
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
PzGr 39 APCBC 140 137 125 112 100 89
Hl.Gr 38B HEAT 80 80 80 80 80 80
PzGr 40 APCR 166 162 146 128 112 98
Sprgr. 34 HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
Shell details (L/43)
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
PzGr 39 APCBC 740 6.8 1.2 14.0 28.9 48° 63° 71°
Hl.Gr 38B HEAT 450 4.4 N/A 0.1 872.1 62° 69° 73°
PzGr 40 APCR 919 4.1 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
Sprgr. 34 HE 550 5.74 0.1 0.1 686 79° 80° 81°
Shell details (L/48)
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
PzGr 39 APCBC 750 6.8 1.2 14.0 28.9 48° 63° 71°
Hl.Gr 38B HEAT 450 4.4 N/A 0.1 872.1 62° 69° 73°
PzGr 40 APCR 930 4.1 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
Sprgr. 34 HE 550 5.74 0.1 0.1 686 79° 80° 81°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
K.Gr.Rot Nb. 540 6.2 13 5 20 50

Comparison with analogues

Usage in battles

This cannon is a jack-of-all-trades due to its very high accuracy and a low drop with good penetration over the different ranges it can be fired.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Medium-high velocity
  • High penetration
  • Due to the high penetration and decent explosive fillers, most tanks will only need one shot to be killed

Cons:

  • Slow reload, plan your shots and retreat if necessary beforehand

History

The KwK 40 was developed as the intelligence reports from the USSR showed that they were developing tanks which were too heavy for the PaK 38 (50 mm) to penetrate.

The 7.5 cm KwK 40 (7.5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 40) was a German 75 mm Second World War era vehicle-mounted gun, used as the primary armament of the German Panzer IV (F2 models onwards) medium tank and the Sturmgeschütz III (F models onwards) and Sturmgeschütz IV tank destroyers/assault guns.

The design of the KwK 40 was adapted from the similar towed anti-tank gun, the 7.5 cm Pak 40. It replaced the short-barrel 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 close-support gun, providing a huge improvement in firepower for mid-war tank designs. It came in two versions, with L/43 and L/48 barrel lengths, the former used during 1942 and early 1943, and the latter after that point. Along with the Pak 40, the KwK 40/StuK 40 was the most numerous anti-tank gun of the German army, and remained an effective weapon until the war's end.

Media

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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 · K.18 · KwK L/68 · L7A3 · 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
  Foreign:
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)