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28 MM Para AT Gun (for 3D Studio Max)
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• Uploaded on: 9/17/07
• System Requirements: Windows/ Mac, 3D Studio Max
• File Format: 3D Studio Max
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2.8 cm sPzB 41 was a German anti-tank weapon working on the squeeze bore principle. Officially classified as heavy anti-tank rifle (schwere Panzerbüchse), it would be better described, and is widely referred to as a light anti-tank gun.
The carriage was of split trail type, with suspension. Wheels with rubber tyres could be removed, making the gun significantly lower and therefore easier to conceal; the process took 30-40 seconds. The gun construction allowed toolless dismantling to five pieces, the heaviest of which weighed 62 kg.
sPzB 41 was used by some motorized divisions and by some light infantry, mountain and paratrooper units. Some guns were supplied to anti-tank and sapper units. The weapon was employed on the Eastern Front from the beginning of the hostilities (on 1 June Wehrmacht possessed 183 pieces) until the end of the war and also saw combat in North African Campaign and on the Western Front in 1944-1945.
Short-range shot from sPzB 41 could penetrate most of the WWII armour; a lucky shot could damage heavy tanks such as KV-1 and IS-2 (at least in one instance a projectile even penetrated the lower front plate of the latter).
2.8 cm sPzB 41 leFl 41 (2.8 cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41 auf leichter Feldlafette 41) - variant developed for paratrooper units. Used lightweight carriages without suspension; wheels were replaced by small rollers; shield was typically removed. The resulting weapon weighed only 139 kg (118 kg without rollers). The carriage supported a 360° field of fire, and elevation ranged from -15° to 25°.
Squeeze bore guns saw only limited use in World War II. Manufacturing of such weapons was impossible without advanced technologies and high production standards. The only country except Germany to bring such weapons to mass production was Britain with Littlejohn adaptor which - although not a gun by its own right - used the same principle. An attempt of Soviet design bureau headed by V. G. Grabin in 1940 failed because of technological problems. In the US, reports about the sPzB 41 inspired a series of experiments with 28/20 barrels and taper bore adaptors for the 37mm Gun M3; the work started in September 1941 and continued throughout the war, with no practical results.
sPzB 41 combined good anti-armor performance at short range and high rate of fire with small, lightweight (for anti-tank gun), dismantleable construction. However, it also had several shortcomings, such as:
- The barrel was hard to manufacture and had short service life (about 500 shots)
- Very weak fragmentation shell
- Use of tungsten for armor-piercing shells
- Short effective range
- Relatively weak behind-armour effect.
Some that criticize the sPzB 41 concentrate mainly on short service life of its barrel. However, a chance of survival after 500 short-range shots was slim anyway. It should also be noted that high-velocity guns with "normal" barrel construction also had short service life, e.g. for the Soviet 57-mm ZiS-2 it was about 1,000 shots. In the end, the factor that brought the production of sPzB 41 to a halt was the shortage of tungsten.
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