8,8 cm Kw K 43 (L/71)

By Christian Ankerstjerne

Production Costs

8,8 cm Kampfwagenkanone 43 (L/71)
Price 21 000 Reichmark
Man-hours 2800
Production time 6 months
Iron 4421 kg
Molybdenum 8.1 kg
Chromium 48.4 kg
Tungsten 4.85 kg
Tin 0.02 kg
Copper 0.126 kg
Nickel 29.5 kg
Rubber 1.1 kg

Technical Information

8,8 cm Kampfwagenkanone 43 (L/71)
Dimensions
Caliber 88 mm
Barrel length 6280 mm
Barrel length in calibers 71.4
Barrel length including muzzle brake 6595 mm
Length of rifled part 5150.5 mm
Length of rifled part in calibers 58.5
Weights
Total weight of gun 2265 kg
Weight of barrel 1155 kg
Weight of muzzle brake 35 kg
Mount and usage
Traverse 360°
Maximum elevation 15°
Minimum depression
Firing mechanism Electric
Performance
Range (max) 9350 m
Rate of fire 6-10 rounds per minute
Barrel life 1200 rounds

Armor Penetration

Round Shot type Weight (shot) Muzzle velocity Range
100 m 500 m 1000 m 1500 m 2000 m
8,8 cm Pzgr 39/43 APCBC-HE 10.16 kg 1000 m/s 202 mm 185 mm 165 mm 148 mm 132 mm
8,8 cm Pzgr 40/43 APCR 7.30 kg 1130 m/s 238 mm 217 mm 193 mm 171 mm 153 mm
8,8 cm Gr Patr 39 Hl HEAT 7.65 kg 600 m/s 90 mm 90 mm 90 mm 90 mm 90 mm

Accuracy

Round Range
100 m 500 m 1000 m 1500 m 2000 m 2500 m 3000 m 3500 m 4000 m
Pzgr 39/43 Training 100% 100% 100% 95% 85% 74% 61% 51% 42%
Action 100% 100% 85% 61% 43% 30% 23% 17% 13%
Pzgr 40/43 Training 100% 100% 100% 97% 89% 78% 66% - -
Action 100% 100% 89% 66% 47% 34% 25% - -

Ammunition

8,8 cm Pzgr Patr 39/43 8,8 cm Pzgr Patr 40/43 8,8 cm Gr Patr 39 Hl 8,8 cm Sprgr Patr 43
Type
Type APCBC-HE APCR HEAT HE
Physical Characteristics
Weight, shot 10.16 kg 7.50 kg 7.65 kg 9.40 kg
Weight, round 22.80 kg 19.90 kg 15.35 18.60
Length, round 1125.3 mm 1103.1 mm 1157.4 mm 1167.2 mm
Muzzle velocity 1000 m/s 1130 m/s 600 m/s 750 m/s
Muzzle energy 5080 kJ 4788 kJ -
Maximum range - 7400 m 9350 m
Explosive Contents
Weight, shot 64 g 0 g 652 g 1000 g
Weight, propellant 6900 g 7440 g 1720 g 3760 g

Additional Reading

Web Links

Tiger II
Information about the Tiger II.

Books

Sources

  1. Zusammenstellung der Explosivstoffgewichte für deutsche Munition (zu H. Dv. 450 Rdnr. 46). Berlin : Heereswaffenamt, 1944. 21 p. Merkblatt 28/1.
  2. JENTZ, Thomas L., DOYLE, Hilary Louis & SARSON, Peter. New Vanguard 1 - King Tiger Heavy Tank, 1942-1945. Oxford : Osprey Publishing, 1993. 48 p. ISBN 1-85532-282-X.
  3. PAWLAS, Karl R. Waffen-Revue W 127 - Datenblätter für Heeres-Waffen, -Fahrzeuge und Gerät. Nurnberg : Publizistisches Archiv für Militär- und Waffenwessen, 1976. 248 p. ISBN 3-88088-213-4.
  4. Wöhlermann. 8,8 cm Kampfwagenkanone 43 (L/71) : Bescreibung. Berlin : Heereswaffenamt, Oberkommando des Heeres, 1944. 50 p. D 2061/1.