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Location: Carlisle, PA 17013 Cumberland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 12.283', W 77° 9.584'

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The PAK 43/41

While the German Army was often at the forefront of technological development during World War II, one area where they lacked consistency was in antitank weapons. The Germans copied designs from the Swiss and even re-engineered captured Russian guns. The PAK 40, the mainstay of the German antitank arsenal throughout the war, packed enough punch with its 75mm shell to pierce most Allied tank armor, but the construction of the PAK 40 was much lighter and prone to breakdown. Enter the PAK 43/41. the PAK 43/41 had large hard rubber wheels, a structural steel carriage, double shield armor plating and a unique sliding breech clock that did not require much room for reloading.
The PAK 43/41 was introduced to field combat in 1944. At the time of the D-Day invasion, June 6, 1944, two of the new PAK43/41's were moved into a concrete bunker in area WN61 and WN70 to rake the beach with antitank fire. Interestingly, it was the M4A3 Sherman tanks that assailed these beaches and removed the PAK from service.
Placed ByU.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
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Date Added Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 9:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 316190 N 4452716
Decimal Degrees40.20471667, -77.15973333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.283', W 77° 9.584'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 16.98" N, 77° 9' 35.04" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US
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