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8.8cm FlaK 36 Platoon (GBX11)
The German 8.8cm Flugabwehrkanone (flight defence cannon, or FlaK) gun is one of the most famous guns in the world.
The Wehrmacht requested a heavier gun than the Krupps/Bofors developed 75mm and so Krupps designed the 8.8cm FlaK 18.
It entered production in 1933. The Flak 18 was a large gun with a long, one-piece barrel mounted on a pivoted cruciform carriage with two axles. This arrangement allowed for a rapid deployment in which outriggers were lowered to support the gun and the wheel trailers were removed.
Experience in the Spanish Civil War led to minor improvements. A more robust transport carriage was designed.
A multi-section barrel was introduced which allowed faster barrel
changing after heavy use, as only the worn section of barrel needed to
be changed. These improvements were incorporated in the new Flak 36.
88 was tested in the anti-tank role in Spain, and was definitely being
used in that role during the Blitzkrieg against Poland and France.
major drawback as an anti-tank gun was its size, the 88 had difficulty
operating from concealment, particularly on a mobile battlefield.
Despite this it proved itself throughout the war as an excellent multi-role weapon. Even with the advent of improved 8.8cm and 12.8cm heavy anti-tank guns the 8.8cm FlaK 36 still played an important heavy anti-tank role on the battlefields of 1944 and 1945.