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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A New German Offender:

The PAK 43/41

 
 
A New German Offender: Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. A New German Offender: Marker
Inscription. While the German Army was often at the forefront of technological development during World War II, one area where they lacked consistency was in antitank weapons. The Germans copied designs from the Swiss and even re-engineered captured Russian guns. The PAK 40, the mainstay of the German antitank arsenal throughout the war, packed enough punch with its 75mm shell to pierce most Allied tank armor, but the construction of the PAK 40 was much lighter and prone to breakdown. Enter the PAK 43/41. the PAK 43/41 had large hard rubber wheels, a structural steel carriage, double shield armor plating and a unique sliding breech clock that did not require much room for reloading.

The PAK 43/41 was introduced to field combat in 1944. At the time of the D-Day invasion, June 6, 1944, two of the new PAK43/41ís were moved into a concrete bunker in area WN61 and WN70 to rake the beach with antitank fire. Interestingly, it was the M4A3 Sherman tanks that assailed these beaches and removed the PAK from service.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.283′ N, 77° 9.584′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

Insert - knocked out at Normandy image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - knocked out at Normandy
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Army's Work Horse (here, next to this marker); A Soldier Story (within shouting distance of this marker); A Toll Paid in Blood (within shouting distance of this marker); Bugler John Cook (within shouting distance of this marker); Model 1857 Light 12 Pound Gun-Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Cabins (within shouting distance of this marker); Drummer Jarvis Hanks (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Winter Cabins (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Insert - casemate mounting image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - casemate mounting
Insert - weapon characteristics image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. Insert - weapon characteristics
Pak 43/41 on display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
5. Pak 43/41 on display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 4, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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