History of the 88 mm
Pak 43 gun
Germany had been banned from building heavy guns in 1919, following
the Treaty of Versailles, the arrival of Hitler completely changed
the situation. He immediately ordered the construction of effective
through the Krupp armaments factory, has developped the anti-aircraft
gun which was delivered in 1933. Highly effective with an impressive
rate of fire (up to 12 rounds per minute), the model was designed
as being an anti-tank gun: it became the dreaded "88"
which revealed itself as being one of the best anti-tank guns
of World War II.
One of the most binding of the 88 mm cannon is about its transport.
The Krupp plant received an application for an anti-tank gun of
the same size but more easily transportable: a basis which had
two steel wheels was installed. It adopted the name: Pak 43. This
basis allowed the gun to adopt a low signature and to rotate 360
degrees. Its mobility was the best element of this weapon.
Krupp decided to modify the design of the gun tube, allowing a
significant reduction of its weight. It has also changed the nature
of the shells which endangered the gunners and the proper functioning
of the gun, more sensitive to corrosion.
The gun Pak 43 was however an excellent artillery gun, and it
had therefore equipped the latest German tanks of the war: the
and the Royal