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2.8 cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41 Anti-Tank Gun

Country of OriginGermany
TypeAnti-Tank Gun
Caliber28.000 mm
Length2,690.000 mm
Barrel Length1,730.000 mm
Width9.650 mm
Height8.380 mm
Weight229.000 kg
Ammunition Weight0.13 kg
Rate of Fire30 rounds/min
Range500 m
Muzzle Velocity1,400 m/s


ww2dbaseThe 2.8-centimeter schwere Panzerbüchse 41 (sPzB 41; "heavy anti-tank rifle") light anti-tank guns were designed by the German arms manufacturer Mauser between 1939 and 1940. 94 prototypes were tested by the German Army between Jun and Jul 1940, and they entered production in 1941 after some modifications. These weapons had a wider caliber, 28-millimeters, at the chamber, and it reduces down to 20-millimeter at the muzzle. The projectiles each carried two external flanges, which were squeezed down in order to maintain pressure for a high, up to 1,400 meters per second, muzzle velocity. Their horizontal sliding breech blocks closed automatically once a shell was loaded, but fired shells must be ejected manually. They were each equipped with an open sight for distances up to 500 meters; alternatively, the ZF 1x11 telescopic sight from the 3.7 cm Pak 36 anti-tank guns could also be fitted to sPzB 41 guns. The recoil system consisted of a hydraulic recoil buffer and spring-driven recuperator. They were typically coupled with split trail carriages with (common) or without (for paratroopers) suspension, though some of them had been mounted on various cars and half-tracks. Each gun had a typical crew of three men. Each gun cost 4,520 Reichsmarks, which was relatively low compared to other guns. In the field, gun crews reported good short range anti-armor performance with the 2.8-centimeter Panzergranate 41 ammunition with tungsten carbide cores designed and manufactured specifically for sPzB 41 guns. There were also praises for their relatively light weight and dismantleable construction. There were also complaints of short barrel service life, poor long range performance, and ineffective fragmentation ammunition in the 2.8-centimeter Sprenggranate 41 which was also manufactured specifically for this weapon, however. Production of the sPzB 41 anti-tank guns ceased in 1943 largely due to the shortage of tungsten, which was used for the weapon's armor piercing shells; a total of 2,797 examples were built.

Production Figures

Fragmentation 2.8 cm Sprenggranate 4109,200373,300130,100512,600
Armor-Piercing 2.8 cm Panzergranate 41156,200889,500270,000278,1001,602,800

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2.8 cm sPzB 41 gun at a coastal position in southern France, 1942German paratroopers with 2.8 cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41 light anti-tank gun, date unknownBritish officer studying a captured German 2.8cm sPzB 41 anti-tank gun, North Africa, 6 Mar 1942British soldier studying a captured 28cm sPzB 41 anti-tank gun, Sicily, Italy, 21 Jul 1943
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