47 mm APX anti-tank gun

The 47 mm APX anti-tank gun was a French anti-tank gun that saw service in the first years of the Second World War.

Country Name Origin Year
France 1973
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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In the 1930s the French artillery sought a replacement for the derivatives of the 75 mm mle 1897 field gun it used in the anti-tank role. Despite having a decent anti-armour capability, the venerable soixante-quinze was heavy and was much harder to conceal than the smaller high-velocity, small calibre anti-tank weapons of modern design. The chosen weapon was a design of the state-owned arsenal Atelier de Puteaux ("Puteaux workshop", abbreviated to APX), and was designated as canon de 47 mm semi-automatique mle 1937. It was a very efficient weapon, especially given the thin armour of the German tanks of the time. Unfortunately for France, the 47mm SA 37 was still a rare weapon at the time of the Battle of France.

Type Anti-tank gun
Place of origin France
Service history
Used by France
Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Weight 1,070 kg (2,359 lbs)
Barrel length 50
Shell 47x380 mm. R APCBC
Caliber 47 millimetres (1.9 in)
Rate of fire 15 to 20 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 855 m/s (2,805 ft/s)
Effective firing range 2,000 m (2,187 yds)

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