PaK 35/36, 37mm

(GPM)

The Pak 36 was a German anti-tank gun that fired a 3.7 cm calibre shell. It was the main anti-tank weapon of Wehrmacht infantry units until mid-1941.

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  • Type: cannon
  • Historical period: World War II, 1935
  • Country: Germany
  • Scale: 1:25
  • Number of sheets: 8 sheets A4

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The Pak 36 was a German anti-tank gun that fired a 3.7 cm calibre shell. It was the main anti-tank weapon of Wehrmacht infantry units until mid-1941. It was followed in this role by the 5 cm Pak 38 gun.

Design of a horse-drawn, 3.7 cm anti-tank gun by Rheinmetall commenced in 1924 and the first guns were issued in 1928. By the early 1930s it was apparent that horse-drawn artillery was obsolescent, and the gun was modified for motorized transport by substituting magnesium-alloy wheels and pneumatic tyres for the original spoked wooden wheels.

Re-designated the 3.7 cm Pak 35/36, it began to replace the 3.7 Pak L/45 in 1934 and first appeared in combat in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. It formed the basis for many other nations' anti-tank guns during the first years of World War II.

The KwK 36 L/45 was the same gun but was used as the main armament on several tanks, most notably the early models of the Panzer III. Even the Soviets used the PaK 36 carriage design for their 45mm M1937 AT gun.

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