3.7 cm PaK 36 file photo [7422]

3.7 cm PaK 36 Anti-Tank Gun

Country of OriginGermany
TypeAnti-Tank Gun
Caliber37.000 mm
Length1.660 m
Barrel Length1.650 m
Ammunition Weight0.68 kg
Rate of Fire13 rounds/min
Range5.484 km
Muzzle Velocity762 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Panzerabwehrkanone 36, or PaK 36, anti-tank guns were developed in 1936 by the firm Rheinmetall. They entered combat in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. The design was applied to the earlier models of Panzer III tanks as their primary weapons under the designation KwK 36 L45. By May 1940, they were considered inadequate in the face of British and French tanks, earning them the unflattering nickname of "doorknockers" for their shells' tendency to bounce off of heavier Allied tanks. They began to be replaced by the 5-centimeter Pak 38 guns in mid-1940, and were totally phased out in 1942. They were typically removed from their carriages and installed onto half-track vehicles or given to allies such as Finland, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. In 1943, the introduction of the Stielgranate 41 shaped charge brought life back to the PaK 36 anti-tank guns as these new ammunition increased their armor penetration capability (though only at the short range of 300 meters), and they were re-deployed into the German Army.

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Last Major Revision: Mar 2009


Chinese 88th Division 3.7 cm PaK 36 gun and its crew, date unknownChinese troops with a 3.7 cm PaK anti-tank gun, date unknownGerman PaK 36 anti-tank gun team on the Danish coast, 1940, photo 1 of 2German PaK 36 anti-tank gun team on the Danish coast, 1940, photo 2 of 2
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1. Reima Paakkanen says:
22 Apr 2009 06:26:19 PM

Dear sir,
I have read about this 3.7 cm PAK ammunition, cause I have some old containers for this German "Stielgranate 41. They are from the Lappish war 1944-45, when finishmen fought against germans. I would like to send some pictures of them.
2. David Strauss says:
1 Mar 2023 02:46:20 AM

Hi, was the 3.7cm Pak 36 ever mounted on the M3A1 Stuart tank?


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