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8.8 cm KwK 36 Trials

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"B. Firing on KV-1 and T-34 hulls with the 88 mm gun

1. Firing on a KV-1 hull.

The KV-1 hull was fired upon with armour piercing and high explosive rounds from 1500 meters. The results are shown in table 2.

Table 2

Target

Shell type

Armour thickness

Armour slope

Impact angle

Damage

Front hull appliqué armour

AP

20

20

70

20 mm deep dent. The shell ricocheted into the corner of the driver's plate appliqué armour and chipped off a section 120 x 110 mm.

Turret rear

AP

75

20

70

Complete penetration. Entrance: 120 x 110 mm, exit 190 x 130 mm.

Turret rear

AP

75

20

70

110 x 90 mm armour fragment torn off.

Applique armour and driver's plate

AP

75+30

20

70

Complete penetration, entrance: 110 x 130 mm, exit 180 x 210 mm. 230 x 210 mm section torn off the appliqué armour, two 200-270 mm cracks formed in the appliqué armour.

Driver's plate appliqué armour

HE

30

20

70

Right section of the appliqué armour torn off (section weakened by hit #4)
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Photo #4. Overall view of the KV-1 hull after being fired upon by the German 88 mm tank gun.

Photo #5. Impact of the armour piercing shell to the front hull applique armour. 20 mm deep dent. The shell ricocheted into the driver's plate and knocked off a 120 x 110 mm section.


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