PaK 36 37mm
| PaK 36(t) (37mm)
- Accuracy: 5/10
- Rate of fire: 10 r/m
- Armor Piercing: 9
- High Explosive: 3
- Range: 1000m
| Stielgranate 41 (160mm HEAT)
- Accuracy: 9/10
- Rate of fire: 6 r/m
- Armor Piercing: 20
- Range: 300m
PaK 36 37mm is a German Anti-tank unit. Though the design was somewhat obsolete by 1944, its light weight, good optics and ease of handling & concealment made it useful for lightly equipped troops and fallschirmjäger units. The introduction of the Stielgranate 41, a shaped charge with a HEAT warhead, allowed it to destroy Allied tanks at close range.
The Luftlande division is the only German division capable of fielding this potent AT unit, which serves as a reasonable AT deterrent at long range and a massive anti-tank threat at close range.
The Pak 36 was first produced in 1928 and first used in the Spanish Civil War in 1936, where it proved very effective against light tanks. Its limitations became clear during the Battle of France, as British Mathilda II tanks and French Char B1 tanks were impervious against the light calibre anti-tank guns. Nevertheless, the majority of Allied tanks were light tanks and vulnerable to the Pak 36.
During operation Barbarossa, the Pak 36 could deal with the BT-7 and T-26 light tanks. However, the AT gun was grossly inadequate against the T-34 and KV-1. Pak 38s gradually started replacing the Pak 36 in mid-1941, though it remained the standard AT gun for many units until 1942. As the T-34 became the standard replacement for lost light tanks in late 1941, the Pak 36 became all but obsolete.
The Stielgranate 41 gave the Pak 36 a new lease of life, as it could now penetrate all World War 2 tanks at close range. On the downside, the low-velocity shaped charge was inaccurate and thus the effective range to engage enemy tanks was around 300m.
The Luftlande division mainly relies on its airpower and its elite infantry to advance, but ground AT units remain necessary against enemy AFVs. The Pak 36 is a very inexpensive AT gun with a respectable long-range performance against soft AND hard targets. Furthermore, it has absolutely devastating close-range AT capacities if it manages to sneak upon an enemy tank (the very high accuracy usually guarantees a hit). Luftlande also excels at fielding veteran infantry units, so the German division should have little problem making the bocage a dangerous place for enemy infantry to trespass, as was historically the case.
Only 4 men arm the AT gun, making the gun somewhat vulnerable to return fire and artillery fire. This is offset by its cheap price and respectable combat performance.