4,2 cm Pak 41

By Christian Ankerstjerne

Description

The 4,2 cm Panzerjägerkanone 41 was a squeeze-bore anti-tank gun, mounted in the gun carriage of the 3,7 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 36. Production started in December 1941 and ended in June 1942, with a total of 308 guns manufactured. Ammunition production ended in August 1943.

Production

Production Statistics

Month Opening Balance Wa A Fz In Losses
1941
November - 9 - -
December - 18 - -
1942
January 10 34 29 25
February 14 36 34 2
March 46 64 50 2
April 94 59 66 50
May 110 93 103 62
June 151 - 3 -
July 154 - 5 11
August 148 - - 8
September 140 - - 5
October 135 - - -
November 135 - - 3
December 132 - - -
1943
January 132 - - -
February 132 - - 39
March 93 - - 18
April 75 - - 7
May 68 - - 20
June 48 - - 2
July 46 - - 1
August 45 - - -
September 45 - 7 4
October 48 - - 1
November 47 No further reports
Total - 313 297 260

Production Costs

4,2 cm Pak 41
Price 8000 Reichmark
Man-hours 1800
Production time 7-9 months
Iron 1012 kg
Molybdenum 0.71 kg
Chromium 0.86 kg
Tin 0.11 kg
Copper 1.12 kg
Aluminum 34.6 kg
Lead 0.11 kg
Zinc 0.16 kg
Nickel 3.4 kg
Rubber 66.3 kg

Technical Information

4,2 cm Pak 41
Gun
Caliber 40.3/29 mm
Weight, combat ready 560 kg
Barrel length 2.25 m
Length in calibers 55.8
Range (max) 7000 m
Rate of fire 12 rounds per minute
Barrel life 1000 rounds
Mount
Maximum elevation 25°
Minimum depression -8°
Traverse 60°

Ammunition

Round 4,2 cm Pzgr Patr 41 4,2 cm Sprgr Patr 41
Shell 4,2 cm Pzgr 41 4,2 cm Sprgr 41
Physical Characteristics
Type APCNR-T HE-T
Caliber Full shell 42.1 mm
Taper end 27.5 mm
Penetrator 15 mm -
Weight Round 1.55 kg 1.39 kg
Shell 0.36 kg 0.33 kg
Length Round 460.1 mm 455.3 mm
Full shell 97 mm -
Penetrator 58 mm -
Explosive contents Shell 0 g 25 g
Propellant 425 g 309 g og 393 g
Performance
Muzzle velocity 1500 m/s -
Effective range 800 m 1000 m
Blast radius 0 m 8 m
Penetration 100 m 100 mm 0 mm
1000 m 40 mm 0 mm

Sources

  1. Zusammenstellung der Explosivstoffgewichte für deutsche Munition (zu H. Dv. 450 Rdnr. 46). Berlin : Heereswaffenamt, 1944. 21 p. Merkblatt 28/1.
  2. Heereswaffenamt. Geschoßringbuch Band I. Berlin : Oberkommando des Heeres, 1939. 111 p. D 460/1+.
  3. HOGG, Ian V. German Artillery of World War Two. London : Greenhill Books, 1997. 304 p. ISBN 1-85367-480-X.
  4. Koch. Merkblatt für die Munition der 4,2 cm Panzerjägerkanone 41 (4,2 cm Pak 41). Berlin : Oberkommando des Heeres, 1942. 22 p. H Dv 481/74.
  5. 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.
  6. Waffenamt. Stand: März 1942 (Waffen). Berlin : Oberkommando des Heeres, 1942. 97 p.
  7. Waffenamt. Stand: Dezember 1942 (Waffen). Berlin : Oberkommando des Heeres, 1942. 125 p.
  8. Waffenamt. Stand: November 1943 (Waffen). Berlin : Oberkommando des Heeres, 1943. 233 p.