| Panzerabwehrkanone 40 |
"We eat tanks as snacks!"
|Class||Advanced Anti-tank Gun|
|Upgrade of||PaK 36|
|“|| Careful, they've got PaK 40's. Those are far more dangerous than the little PaK 36's.|
- Andrew Campbell, Digging out the Fox
Despite its bewildering noise and large caliber, the Panzerabwehrkanone 40 can be concealed in woods or cities, which makes it top dog in the fixed anti-tank gun category. When playing it is advised to immediately upgrade the PaK 40 from the PaK 36, as the previous version will be absolutely useless against medium to heavy tanks.
The PaK 40 was introduced in February 1942. Initially, only 15 were produced per month, although at the time a cannon that was effective against the T-34, KV-1, and the 152-mm howitzer-armed KV-2 was badly needed.
The PaK 40 was the standard German anti-tank gun until the end of the war, and was supplied by Germany to its allies. Some captured guns were used by the Red Army. After the end of the war the Pak 40 remained in service in several European armies, including Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Norway, Hungary and Romania.
About 23,500 PaK 40 were produced, and about 6,000 more were used to arm tank destroyers. The unit manufacturing cost amounted to 2200 man-hours at 12000 RM. A lighter automatic version, the heaviest of the Bordkanone series of heavy calibre aircraft guns, was used as the BK 7,5 in the Henschel Hs129 ground attack aircraft.
- As with every other anti-tank cannon, this unit is best deployed en masse in forests with recon and infantry units to guard them.
- The PaK 40 unit deals the same damage as a FlaK 88.