WW2 12,8cm KRUPP PAK 44

WW2 12,8cm KRUPP PAK 44

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WW2 12,8cm KRUPP PAK 44 The 12.8 cm Pak 44, (Panzerabwehrkanone) was a German heavy anti-tank gun used during World War II. It was designed as a result of experiences on the Eastern front in 1943. The German army had encountered the Russian 122 mm guns and had issued a requirement for a similar weapon. Development initially concentrated on a field gun known as the Kanone K 44. However once heavier Russian armour such as the IS-2 started to appear the design requirements were altered to include an anti-armour role. Contrary to some claims this design had nothing in common with the 128 mm FlaK gun. The choice of 128 mm was made because of the availability of tooling due to the use of this caliber on naval weapons, design contracts being awarded to Rheinmetall Borsig and Krupp, the first prototype guns were delivered for testing in late 1944. After initial tests the Rheinmetall design was dropped and development continued with the Krupp design. However the service tests showed that a towed anti-tank gun weighing nearly 11 tonnes was impractical so the towed design was terminated. #3rd_reich #AAgun #abwehr #antiaircraft #armor #artillery #barbarossa #defence #eastern_front #eightieeight #fingerz #flak #flaktower #frundsberg #german #gun #hohenstaufen #kanon #kanone #krupp #luchtdoel #luchtdoelgeschut #luftschutz #nebelwerfer #nebelwerfer_41 #rheinmetal #rocket #rocketlauncher #russia #secondworldwar #shermanm4 #shield #sspanzerdivision #stahl #stalingrad #tank #tankdestroyer #tiger #war #weapon #weapons #wiking #wittman #worldwartwo #ww2
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