PaK 43 88mm
| PaK 43 (88mm)
- Accuracy: 7/10
- Rate of fire: 6 r/m
- Armor Piercing: 22
- High Explosive: 4
- Range: 1200m
PaK 43 88mm is a German Anti-tank unit. Derived from the Flak 88, the Pak 43 was the most powerful anti-tank gun fielded by the Wehrmacht in significant numbers. Modified versions of the gun were also mounted on the Elefant, the Jagdpanther, the Königstiger and the Nashorn. In the game, the anti-tank gun boasts the biggest penetration value of all units: a staggering 22 AP. Needless to say, this is more than sufficient to penetrate every Allied tank on the battlefield. In addition, the Pak 43 also fires HE shells.
Allied tanks were being developed as the war progressed, and these designs incorporated the hard-won experience fighting against Germany. In response, the Germans sought a more potent gun to combat this new threat. The Pak 43, derived from the infamous Flak guns, was to be the answer. Production of the anti-tank gun started in 1943 and around 2000 towed anti-tank guns were delivered to the Wehrmacht in total. It was a devastatingly effective tool and was capable of hitting enemy vehicles at incredible distances.
Of course, the bulky and heavy Pak 43 proved difficult to manoeuvre and hard to emplace, especially in the soft terrain on the Eastern Front, and requests were made to mount the Pak 43 onto a viable chassis. This would lead amongst others to the infamous Jagdpanther and Königstiger.
21. Panzer had thee companies of PaK 43 in the Panzerjäger-Abteilung 200.
716. Infanterie had a mixture of PaK 40 75mm and PaK 43 in Panzerjäger-Abteilung 716
The Pak 43 is the most powerful anti-tank gun fielded by any nation in the game, deserving its high price cost. While its rate of fire is somewhat subpar, this is offset by its great accuracy value of 7. A hit on any Allied tank is almost guaranteed to be a penetration save for the Jumbo (though even the jumbo won't withstand hits for long). Stationing a Pak 43 in a given area will make that area a no-go zone for Allied vehicles. It is still prone to being pinned, however, and this can be achieved by many ways: artillery, airpower, massed tanks firing at its position.
It can also engage soft targets, but this is less effective and also serves to expose the Pak 43's location, making it a high-value target for artillery units and air strikes. Indeed, the Pak 43 is an understandably slow-moving unit and can quickly be neutralised.