You are bidding on a VERY RARE example of a WW2 German 7.5cm KwK37 Inert Steel Shell, as used by Germany’s famous Panzer IV, Sd.Kfz. 251, Sd.Kfz 250, StuG III, Sd.Kfz. 234/3, “Stummel”, and others!
The 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 (7.5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 37 L/24) was a short-barreled, howitzer-like German 75 mm tank gun used during World War II, primarily as the main armament of the early Panzer IV tank. Slightly modified as StuK 37, it was also mounted in early StuG III assault guns.
It was designed as a close-support infantry gun firing a high-explosive shell (hence the relatively short barrel) but was also effective against the tanks it faced early in the war. From March 1942, new variants of the Panzer IV and StuG III had a derivative of the 7.5 cm PaK 40 anti-tank gun, the longer-barreled 7.5 cm KwK 40. When older Panzer IVs were up-gunned, their former KwK 37 guns were reused to arm later Panzer III tanks and other infantry support vehicles. In 1943, depleted stocks and demand for the Panzer III Ausf. N required restarting production of a slightly revised 7.5 cm K 51 L/24 (7.5 cm Kanone 51 L/24).
Made of solid steel, this is a FANTASTIC piece of history! There is some slight wear and pitting, however it remains VERY SOLID! Sadly, most of the markings are illegible, due to corrosion. One of the RAREST shells to find, it would make a PERFECT addition to any collection or display!
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