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"Penetration Range 75-mm Pak 41 Ammunition" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following intelligence report on the armor penetration of the German 75-mm tapered bore antitank gun, Pak 41, was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 46, May 1, 1944.

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Translation of an enemy document reveals that the 75-mm tapered bore antitank gun, Pak 41, fires two types of AP ammunition. These types are designated respectively as 7.5-cm Pz Gr (armor-piercing shell) 41 (HK) Pak 41, and 7.5-cm Pz Gr 41 (W) Pak 41. The translated document states that because the former type is manufactured from scarce metals, it must be used only when the latter type would not be effective. For previous reference to the 75-mm antitank gun, Pak 41, see Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 40, p. 5.

The following ranges are given in the translated document for use of the two types of 75-mm Pak 41 ammunition against the Sherman tank:

       AP (HK)    AP (W)
  (range in yards)
   front (exclusive gun mantlet)   660   110
   sides (center only) 1,650   660
   rear (except curved surfaces) 1,650   660
   front   440  
   sides (except curved surfaces) 1,650 1,650
   rear (except curved surfaces) 1,650 1,320
   front 1,650   880
   sides 1,650 1,650
   rear 1,650 1,320


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