5cm PaK 38

The 5cm PaK 38 (5 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 38 (L/60)) was a   german anti-tank gun of 50 mm calibre  It was developed in 1938 by Rheinmetall-Borsig AG as a successor to the 37 mm Pak 36 and was in turn followed by the 75 mm Pak40

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PaK 38 was first used by the German forces during the Second World War in April 1941. When the Germans faced Soviet tanks in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa , the PaK 38 was one of the few early guns capable of effectively penetrating the 45 mm (1.8 in) armor of the T-34. Additionally, the gun was also equipped with Panzergranate 40 APCR shots which had a hard tungsten core, in an attempt to penetrate the armor of the heavier KV – 1 tank. Although it was replaced by more powerful weapons, it remained a potent and useful weapon and remained in service with the Wehrmacht  until the end of the war. (Source: Wikipedia)

Click here for the wartime Allied Intelligence Bulletin on the Pack 38

Build in progress November 2012 at “Elite Militaria”

 

 

 

 

The PAK 38 Deployed

PAK 38 at YTE 2013(b)PAK 38 at YTE 2013(a)Fort PaullPAK 38

 

21st Panzer PAK 0179