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Description

The 75 mm KwK 42 is the main cannon of the Panther tanks. This weapon is the tank armament variant of the similarly named PaK 42 mounted on Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyers.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

KwK 42 from a panther with the letterbox mantlet and recoil system included.

General info

The KwK 42 gun has shells with high muzzle velocity, but relatively low projectile mass, which along with a long reload makes it more suited to long range engagements.

Available ammunition

Penetration statistics
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 39/42 APCBC 191 188 173 156 140 126
PzGr 40/42 APCR 227 224 204 182 162 145
Sprgr. 42 HE 11 11 11 11 11 11
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
PzGr 39/42 APCBC 935 6.8 1.2 14.0 28.9 +4.0° 48° 63° 71°
PzGr 40/42 APCR 1,120 4.75 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
Sprgr. 42 HE 700 5.74 0.1 0.5 725 0.0° 79° 80° 81°

Comparison with analogues

Usage in battles

With a much higher muzzle velocity compared to the preceding 75 mm cannon, the KwK 42 can penetrate much more armour and fly in a flatter arc to allow for vehicle knock-outs from hundreds of meters away with greater degrees of range-estimating error.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High velocity
  • High accuracy

Cons:

  • Low explosive filler in AP rounds
  • Long reload

History

With the development of the new Panther tanks, a new gun (the KwK 42) also had to be designed, as the KwK 40 was seen as insufficient to deal with the new generation of Soviet tanks. Shells between these guns were near-identical allowing for easier manufacturing with the only difference being the larger driving band. Of note should be that the PaK 42 is also a tank gun rather than a towed gun as the name would designate it which may or may not have been manufactured.

Media

An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

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  • reference to the article about the variant of the cannon/machine gun;
  • references to approximate analogues by other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • encyclopedia page on the weapon;
  • other literature.


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

USSR tank cannons
20 mm  TNsh
30 mm  2A42
45 mm  20-K
57 mm  Ch-51M · ZiS-2 · ZiS-4 · ZiS-4M
73 mm  2А28
76 mm  1902/30 · D-56-TS · F-32 · F-34 · F-96 · KT-28 · L-10 · L-11 · ZiS-3 · ZiS-5
85 mm  D-5S · D-5T · D-58 · D-70 · F-30 · Type 62-85TS · ZiS-S-53
100 mm  D-10S · D-10T · D-10T2S · D-50 · LB-1
107 mm  ZiS-6
115 mm  U-5TS
122 mm  A-19 · D-25S · D-25T · D-25-44T · D-30T · D-49 · M-30 · M-62-T2S
125 mm  2A26 · 2A46M · 2A46M-1
130 mm  B-13 · C-70
152 mm  M-10T · M-64 · M-69 · ML-20S

France tank cannons
20 mm  M693
25 mm  SA34 L/72
37 mm  SA18 L/21 · SA38 L/33
47 mm  SA34 L/30 · SA35 L/32
75 mm  APX · SA35 L/17 · SA44 · SA49 · SA50 L/57
90 mm  CN90 F3 · SA45
100 mm  SA47 L/58
105 mm  CN-105-F1 · Modele F2
120 mm  GIAT CN120-25 G1 · GIAT CN120-26 F1 · SA46
142 mm  ACRA
155 mm  L'Obusier de 155 Modèle 1950
  Foreign:
15 mm  MG 151 (Germany)
20 mm  MG 151 (Germany)
75 mm  KwK42 (Germany) · M3 (USA)
76 mm  M7 (USA)