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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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The '''{{PAGENAME}}''' is a medium velocity 50 mm tank cannon.
  
 
=== Vehicles equipped with this weapon ===
 
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* {{Specs-Link|germ_pzkpfw_III_ausf_F}}
 
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* {{Specs-Link|germ_pzkpfw_III_ausf_J_L42}}
 
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== General info ==
 
== General info ==
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The KwK L/42 (50mm) is a decent gun for its rank. It has a quick reload rate of ~4 seconds, a decent APC shell and an excellent APCR shell with up to 132 mm of penetration.
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=== Available ammunition ===
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* '''PzGr 39''' - {{Annotation|APC|Armour Piercing Capped}} - This is the main ammo type, use it whenever it has enough penetration to penetrate the target. It deals the most damage, because of its explosive filler.
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* '''PzGr 40''' - {{Annotation|APCR|Armour Piercing Composite Rigid}} - This variation of APCR is even lighter, slightly faster and offers the best penetration. Use these against the occasional T-34 and Sherman tanks, which have highly sloped armour and are generally very resistant to the basic APC ammo. However, don't expect it to cause any real damage upon penetration, as it has no explosive filler. It only deals damage to modules/crew straight in its path, so it is important to aim for vital modules.
  
=== Available shells ===
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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
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! colspan="8" | Penetration statistics
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! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
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! rowspan="2" | Type of<br>warhead
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! colspan="6" | '''Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)'''
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! 10 m !! 100 m !! 500 m !! 1,000 m !! 1,500 m !! 2,000 m
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| PzGr 39 || APC || 80 || 76 || 62 || 48 || 38 || 29
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| PzGr 40 || APCR || 116 || 107 || 74 || 47 || 30 || 19
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! colspan="10" | Shell details
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! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
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! rowspan="2" | Type of<br>warhead
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! rowspan="2" | Velocity<br>(m/s)
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! rowspan="2" | Projectile<br>Mass (kg)
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! rowspan="2" | Fuse delay<br>(m)
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! rowspan="2" | Fuse sensitivity<br>(mm)
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! rowspan="2" | Explosive Mass<br>(TNT equivalent) (g)
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! colspan="3" | Ricochet
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! 0% !! 50% !! 100%
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| PzGr 39 || APC || 685 || 2.05 || 1.2 || 9.0 || 28.9 || 48° || 63° || 71°
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| PzGr 40 || APCR || 1,050 || 0.9 || N/A || N/A || N/A || 66° || 70° || 72°
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=== Comparison with analogues ===
 
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== Usage in battles ==
 
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
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* Quick reload speed of around 4-5 seconds
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* Decently accurate and powerful
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* Very high shell velocity for APCR rounds
  
 
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* APC shell with explosive filler struggles to penetrate common foes at its BR, such as the [[T-34 (Family)|T-34]] and [[M4|M4 Shermans]]
  
 
== History ==
 
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The '''5 cm KwK 38''' ''(5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 38 L/42)'' was a German 50 mm calibre cannon used as the main armament of variants of the German Sd.Kfz. 141 Panzerkampfwagen III medium tank during the Second World War. Later on, it would be replaced by the longer barreled [[KwK 39 (50 mm)|L60]].
  
 
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== External links ==
 
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* [[wikipedia:5_cm_KwK_38|[Wikipedia] 5 cm KwK 38]]
  
 
{{Germany tank cannons}}
 
{{Germany tank cannons}}
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{{USSR tank cannons}}
  
 
[[Category:Tank cannons]]
 
[[Category:Tank cannons]]

Latest revision as of 10:43, 21 April 2020

Description

The KwK L/42 (50 mm) is a medium velocity 50 mm tank cannon.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The KwK L/42 (50mm) is a decent gun for its rank. It has a quick reload rate of ~4 seconds, a decent APC shell and an excellent APCR shell with up to 132 mm of penetration.

Available ammunition

  • PzGr 39 - APC - This is the main ammo type, use it whenever it has enough penetration to penetrate the target. It deals the most damage, because of its explosive filler.
  • PzGr 40 - APCR - This variation of APCR is even lighter, slightly faster and offers the best penetration. Use these against the occasional T-34 and Sherman tanks, which have highly sloped armour and are generally very resistant to the basic APC ammo. However, don't expect it to cause any real damage upon penetration, as it has no explosive filler. It only deals damage to modules/crew straight in its path, so it is important to aim for vital modules.
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 APC 80 76 62 48 38 29
PzGr 40 APCR 116 107 74 47 30 19
Shell details
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 APC 685 2.05 1.2 9.0 28.9 48° 63° 71°
PzGr 40 APCR 1,050 0.9 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°

Comparison with analogues

Give a comparative description of cannons/machine guns that have firepower equal to this weapon.

Usage in battles

Describe the cannon/machine gun in the game - its distinctive features, tactics of usage against notable opponents. Please don't write a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but give the reader food for thought.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Quick reload speed of around 4-5 seconds
  • Decently accurate and powerful
  • Very high shell velocity for APCR rounds

Cons:

  • APC shell with explosive filler struggles to penetrate common foes at its BR, such as the T-34 and M4 Shermans

History

The 5 cm KwK 38 (5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 38 L/42) was a German 50 mm calibre cannon used as the main armament of variants of the German Sd.Kfz. 141 Panzerkampfwagen III medium tank during the Second World War. Later on, it would be replaced by the longer barreled L60.

Media

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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


Germany tank cannons
20 mm  KwK30 · KwK38 · Rh202
28/20 mm  s.Pz.B.41
37 mm  KwK34(t) · KwK36 · KwK38(t)
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  Rheinmetall L44
128 mm  K.40 · KwK44 · PaK44
150 mm  s.I.G.33 · Stu.H 43 L/12
  Foreign:
73 mm  2A28 (USSR)
75 mm  M3 (USA)
76 mm  F-32 (USSR) · F-34 (USSR) · M32 (USA)
90 mm  M41 (USA)

USSR tank cannons
20 mm  TNSh
30 mm  2A42 · 2A72
45 mm  20-K
57 mm  Ch-51M · ZIS-2 · ZIS-4 · ZIS-4M
73 mm  2A28
76 mm  1902/30 · D-56TS · 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 · ZIS-S-53
100 mm  2A48 · 2A70 · D-10S · D-10T · D-10T2S · D-50 · LB-1
107 mm  ZIS-6
115 mm  U-5TS
122 mm  A-19 · D-25-44T · D-25S · D-25T · D-30T · D-49 · M-30 · M-62-T2S
125 mm  2A26 · 2A46M · 2A46M-1
130 mm  B-13 · C-70 · M-65
152 mm  M-10T · M-64 · M-69 · ML-20S
  Foreign:
50 mm  KwK L/42 (Germany)
75 mm  KwK42 (Germany)
76 mm  M1 (USA)
85 mm  Type-62-85-TC (China)