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Germany - 5.0cm KwK 38 L/42
5.0cm Kampfwagenkanone 38 L/42
(translates as Tank Gun)

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Weapon Details
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5.0cm KwK 38 L/42
5.0cm Kampfwagenkanone 38 L/42
(translates as Tank Gun)
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History
This gun armed the Panzer III F - J the later models were upgraded to use the 5cm KwK L/60 a more powerful gun
Calibre50mm
LengthL/42
5cm Sprgr Patr(HE)
50mm 1.78Kg 550M/Sec 0.165Kg explosive
Maximum Range 2650 Mtr
Range(Mtr)10002000300040005000600070008000
Flight Time(Secs) 2.27 6.06 13.66
Burst radius Infantry in open 99% kill2 mtr Burst radius Infantry in open 66% kill4 mtr
Burst radius Infantry in open 33% kill11 mtr  Armour Penetration inc roof at 1 mtr0 mm
An explosion within 2 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 99% casualties - lethal.
An explosion within 4 mtr of infantry in the open will cause > 66% casualties and could damage some AFV's.
An explosion within 11 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 33% casualties.
The blast effect of this shell exploding within 1 mtr of an armoured vehicle will not cause any significant armour damage.

Vehicles in our database using this gun
Vehicle NameCommon Name
 PzKpfw III Ausf GPanzer III 
 PzKpfw III Ausf HPanzer III 
 PzKpfw III Ausf JPanzer III 
 

Hit probability is based on a static 2 x 2.4 metre panel at 0 degrees(vertical) at the range specified.

The data that has been used to create these records has come from Wikipedia, The Lone Sentry, The Bundes Archive and numerous books and websites that have provided the detailed information that has not been available anywhere else. The information we use to calculate the penetration tables, flight times and the hit probability comes from the Gun Calibre, the Shell Mass(Kg) and the muzzle velocity, plus range reductions to allow for gravity and wind resistance. This calculation originally came from a pre-war Krupp calculation which has been modified, and seems to fit the actual test results.

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