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PAK 38/40


nheather
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Hi,

 

A question about the wheels on the PAK 38/40 gun carriage.

 

I assume the spoked wheels came first, roughly when did they swap over to the solid wheels.

 

And would a PAK 38 ever had solid wheels?

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel

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Going by reviews of the Pak 40 from AFV Club, the opposite is true.  The gun carriage first came out with pressed steel wheels, and later the spoke style.  The latter was both a cost and weight saving measure.

 

Rather than a time frame, I think the wheel style is more indicative of the unit type and it's transport.  Horses could pull anything, the only limit being weight and surface conditions.    Motorized transport required the wheels to have solid rubber tires.

 

5-cm-PaK-38--L-60--Anti-Tank-Gun-4.jpg

 

regards,

Jack

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Thanks, yes I found that out last night.  The first wheels (on the PAK 38 at least) were pressed aluminium wheels - a lot of the PAK 38 was aluminium but the carriage was later changed to steel as aluminium was needed for aircraft production.

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel

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