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45 mm gun vs Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.E

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Photo #64: Penetration of the front hull, 50 mm thick, from a range of 50 meters (I).
Photo #65: Damage to the front hull, 50 mm thick, from a range of 100 meters (1, 2, 3)

Damage to the rear face of the front hull, from a range of 100 meters (1, 2)

Photo #67. Damage to the turret and turret platform from a range of 400 meters.

Range
(meters)

Target

Slope

Angle of impact

Armour thickness (mm)

# of hits

Results

50

Front hull

14

70

50

2

Complete penetrations, 55 mm entry diameter 50 mm exit diameter (I on photo #64)

100

Ditto

14

70

50

3

Dents 30, 28, 25 mm deep (photo #65)
50 mm diameter cracks on the rear face. 1 and 2 on photo #66

400

Right side of the hull with appliqué armour

0

70

40 (20+20)

2

Complete penetration

400

Right side of the turret platform with appliqué armour

0

70

40 (20+20)

1

Complete penetration. Applique armour deformed by 30 mm. 20 mm cut from the shell along a 200 mm run on the turret platform. Right side of the turret penetrated. I on photo #67.

600

Right side with appliqué armour

0

70

40 (20+20)

2

Penetration of the appliqué armour, dent in the main armour. The appliqué armour was torn off the bolts after 5 hits. The return roller was torn off its axle.

800

Right side with appliqué armour

0

70

40 (20+20)

2

Penetration of the appliqué armour. The main armour has a 10 mm dent.

45 mm HE

200

Right side

0

70

20

1

Barely noticeable marks from the shell

200

Ditto

0

70

20

1

Ditto

 CAMD RF F.38 Op.11355 D.832 p.63-72


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