2.8 cm sPzB 41

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sPzB 41 (foreground) at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
2.8 cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41 auf leichter Feldlafette 41 - 28/20 mm (1.10/.78 in)

The 2.8 cm sPzB 41 (2.8 cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41, literally "Heavy antitank rifle") is a Nazi German anti-tank gun, which utilises the rarely used squeeze bore principle. The caliber of the gun is 28 mm at the chamber end and 20 mm at the muzzle. This construction allowed a muzzle velocity up to 1,400 m/s. The gun was designed and produced by Mauser-Werke AG. 2797 pieces were build from 1940 to 1943. In addition to the standard version, two more variants existed: the 2.8 cm sPzB 41 leFl 41 (2.8 cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41 auf leichter Feldlafette 41) which was developed for paratrooper units, and the 2.8 cm KwK 42 which was for tank mountings (only 24 of this version were produced, and it was never used in action).


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Specifications

(Produced: 1940 - 1943; In service: 1941 - 1945)

  • Type: Anti-Tank Gun
  • Caliber: cone-bore 28/20 mm (1.10/.78 in)
  • Weight: 504.9 lbs (229 kg)
  • Length: 2.69 m (8 ft 10 in)
  • Barrel length: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) with muzzle brake
  • Rate of fire: up to 30 rpm
  • Muzzle velocity: 1,400 m/s (4,500 fps)
  • Effective firing range: 500 m (547 yds)

The 2.8 cm sPzB 41 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Farewell (Proshchay) Seen abandoned 1967
Port Seen abandoned 1976

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Last Battle (Posledniy boy) German soldiers Replica 2019

Anime

Film Title Character Notation Date
New Dream Hunter Rem: Massacre in the Phantasmic Labyrinth 2.8 cm sPzB 41 leFl 41; is seen in the Geppetto base 1992

See Also

  • Mauser - A list of all weapons manufactured by Mauser


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