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3.7cm PaK 36 is a German anti-tank gun.
Designed in the mid 1930s, the Pak 36 was intended to fight the common light tanks that were the main equipment of the armies around the world of the time. But by the end of the decade, it became more and more evident, that the guns performance was not sufficient anymore. Still effective during the campaign in Poland 1939, it was outclassed just a few month later when it faced heavy armored tanks like the french Char B1 bis and Somua S35 or the British Matilda II. Despite that, the gun was still in service in large numbers when the Germans attacked the Soviets in 1941, and proved to be totally useless against the sloped armor of the T-34 or the heavy protection of the KV-1, hence earning the nickname "Panzeranklopfgerät" ("tank door knocker") by its troops. It was soon replaced by the 50mm Pak and subsequently the 7.5cm PaK 40.
In Battlegroup42, the Panzerabwehrkanone 36 is the main German anti-tank gun on maps in the early stage of the war. While useful against lightly armoured vehicles, the gun will struggle against more well armoured tanks. Apart from its stationary role, the gun is also used on the Sdkfz 251/10, where the gun replaces the forward firing machine gun as the vehicle's primary weapon.