KwK 43 (88 mm)

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Description

The Kampfwagenkanone 43 (AKA: KwK 43 (88 mm)) was the improved, longer version of the KwK 36 (88 mm). The gun had different names depending on its purpose: Tank destroyers, for example, were equipped with the PaK 43 (88 mm). It was produced from 1942 to 1945 and was used in the Tiger II and under the name PaK 43 in various tank destroyers. It was one of Germany's most famous guns during WWII

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

Available shells

Icon APCBC-HE Shell.jpg
Pzgr. 39/43 (Panzergranate 39/43)


APCBC round with high- explosive filler (Armor-piercing capped ballistic capped shell)
  • The Pzgr. 39/43 one of the two standard rounds of the KwK 43 (88 mm). This round can be used against nearly all kinds of medium or heavy tanks and is thank to its huge high- explosive filler capable of destroying most of its targets with only one shot.
PzGr 39/43
Caliber 88 mm
Projectile Mass 10.16 kg
Muzzle Velocity 1000 m/s
Explosive Type H.10
Explosive Mass 64 g
TNT equivalent 108.8 g
Fuse delay 0.8 m
Fuse Sensitivity 28 mm
Angle of attack with 0% chance of a ricochet 48°
Angle of attack with 50% chance of a ricochet 63°
Angle of attack with 100% chance of a ricochet 71°


Icon APCR Shot.jpg
Pzgr. 40/43 (Panzergranate 40/43)


APCR round (Armor-piercing composite rigid shell)
  • The Pzgr. 40/43 is one of the researchable shells for the KwK 43 (88 mm). Like other APCR shells, it is an explosive round made out of a dense core sitting in a soft metal shell, making it useful against heavy tanks. Since it creates only a small bit of shrapnel where it is important to aim at the enemy's modules and crew members.
  • 1 x Pzgr. 40/43 costs 60 SL.
Pzgr. 40/43
Caliber 88 mm
Projectile Mass 7.3 kg
Muzzle Velocity 1200 m/s
Angle of attack with 0% chance of a ricochet 66°
Angle of attack with 50% chance of a ricochet 70°
Angle of attack with 100% chance of a ricochet 72°


Icon HEAT Shell.jpg
Hl.Gr 39 (Hohlladungsgranate 39)


HEAT round (High explosive anti-tank shell)
  • The Hl.Gr 39 is one of the researchable shells for the KwK 43 (88 mm). The composition of a metal core in a high explosive surrounding makes it effective against both vehicles with light or no armour (light tanks/trucks) and armoured vehicles like medium tanks. Its HEAT characteristics (not losing power over long ranges) make it very useful for sniping over extreme distances). Due to the fact that the Pzgr. 39/43 is free and penetrates more armour, it is wise to carry only a few Hl.Gr 39s' into battle since you won't use it very often.
  • 1 x Hl.Gr 39 costs 60 SL.
Hl.Gr 39
Caliber 88 mm
Projectile Mass 7.64 kg
Muzzle Velocity 600 m/s
Explosive Type H.5
Explosive Mass 646 g
TNT equivalent 1.1 kg
Fuse Sensitivity 0.3 mm
Angle of attack with 0% chance of a ricochet 62°
Angle of attack with 50% chance of a ricochet 69°
Angle of attack with 100% chance of a ricochet 73°


Icon HE Shell.jpg
Sprgr. L/4,5


HE round (High-explosive fragmentation shell)
  • A basic HE round that is used by all German 88 mm guns. It is recommended to carry 2 - 5 of these into battle for various reasons. For example, you can use it to destroy vehicles with no or very thin armour or for removing obstacles out of your line of fire. Very skilled gunners can try to use it for shooting down aircraft.
Sprgr. L/4,5
Caliber 88 mm
Projectile Mass 9 kg
Muzzle Velocity 820 m/s
Explosive type Fp.02
Explosive Type 698 g
TNT equivalent 698 g
Fuse Delay 0.1 m
Fuse Sensitivity 0.5 mm
Angle of attack with 0% chance of a ricochet 79°
Angle of attack with 50% chance of a ricochet 80°
Angle of attack with 100% chance of a ricochet 81°

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Germany tank cannons
20 mm  KwK 30 L/55 · KwK 38 L/55 · Rh202
28/20 mm  s.Pz.B.41
37 mm  KwK 34(t) L/40 · KwK 36 L/45 · KwK 38(t) L/47
47 mm  Pak(t)(Sf.)
50 mm  KwK 38 L/42 · KwK 39 L/60 · PaK 38 L/60
57 mm  Bofors L/70 Mk.I
75 mm  K51 L/24 · PaK 39 L/48 · PaK 40/3 L/46 · PaK 42 L/70 · StuK 37 L/24 · StuK 40 (L/43 & L/48)
  KwK 37 L/24 · KwK 40 (L/43 & L/48) · KwK 42 L/70 · KwK 44 L/70 · KwK 44 L/36
76 mm  Pak 36(r) L/48
88 mm  Flak 41 · KwK 36 L/56 · KwK 43 L/71 · PaK 43 L/71
90 mm  BK 90
105 mm  FMK.4 Modelo 1L · K.18 L/52 · KwK L/68 · L7A3 · StuH 42 L/28
120 mm  Rheinmetall L44
128 mm  KwK 44 L/55 · K.40 · PaK 44 L/55
150 mm  sIG 33 · StuH 43 L/12