|PAK 40 shell crate, above two photos.
This crate is marked: Patr. 7,5cm Pak. 40 Heeres Munition Gesamtgewict 39,0 kg. This crate originally contained three
complete rounds of ammunition for the PAK 40 cannon. This crate was recovered from Lithuania in 2013.
Type: 7,5cm PaK 40
Model: Panzerabwehrkanone 40 L/46
Manufacturer: bwp - Berlin Anhaltische Maschinenbau AG, Dessau
Date: 1944 (Estimate)
Serial Number: Fl. 4047 R1518
|Right side of the PaK 40, above photo.
Development of the PaK 40 began in 1939. Development contracts were placed at Krupp and Rheinmetall to develop a
7,5cm anti-tank gun. Priority of the project was initially low, but Operation Barbarossa in Russia during 1941 and the
introduction of the heavily armored Soviet KV-1 Tank increased priority. The first guns were delivered in November of 1941.
By 1943 the PaK 40 formed the bulk of the German anti-tank artillery. Approximately 23,500 cannons were produced from
1941 through 1945. The PaK 40 weighs 3,150 lbs and is 20.3' in length.
Other versions of the 7,5cm gun produced by Germany were the Panzer IV's KwK 40 L/43 (Kampfwagenkanone 40) and
StuK 40 L/43 (Sturmkanone 40), 43 calibers in barrel length or slightly shorter than the PaK 40. Later the L/43 guns were
upgraded to L/48 which became the standard until the end of the war.
The PaK 40 shown above is a late war variant with modified wheels incorporating holes through the tires to save rubber.
|Two 7,5cm (75mm) Shell Casings.
The PaK 40 used the model 6340 shell casing with C/12nA percussion fired primer. The suffix "St" was applied to the shell
casing or primer type if it was made of "Stahl" or Steel, i.e. 6340 St or C/12nASt.
|PaK 40 Cleaning Rod, top of photo.
PaK 40 Bore Brush, bottom of photo
|PAK 40 shell carrier lid, above two photos.
This lid is marked for a single round of PAK 40 7,5cm Panzergranat (Armor Piercing) Patronen (Ammunition) Model 39.
|PaK 40 Barrel and Breech, above two photos.
The top of the barrel in front of the shield is marked FL 074 bwp with the WaffenAmt code of WaA859. Traces of the original
ordnance tan paint can be seen on the barrel and breech.
The breech is marked BS. FL. 4047 bwp above Vl. Fl. 047 bwp R1518.
This PaK 40 has been removed from the BATFE list of destructive devices by the drilling of a 75mm hole in the bottom of
the barrel in front of the breach and the permanent welding of the breech closed.
|PaK 40 Gunners Controls and Breech, above two photos.
|PaK 40 Wheel and Optics Mounts, above two photos.
|Four PAK 40 Shell Casings with one shell storage container, above photo.
|Restored PAK 40 shell casings and shipping container (July 2015), above photo.
These five 7,5cm PAK 40 shell casings were restored by QuestMasters in July 2015. All five shell casings were crushed
glass blasted to bare metal and phosphate coated as was done by the original manufacturer during World War Two. The
shell shipping container shown in the foreground was also restored by QuestMasters. It was crushed glass blasted to bare
metal, painted in red oxide primer and painted in German ordnance tan. These items can be seen unrestored in the