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Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78) Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78)
includes three 8.8cm FlaK37 (Sf) half-tracks with crew figures.

The whole of 304. Heeres-Flakartillerieabteilung (304th Army Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion) is self-propelled, even its 8.8cm heavy anti-aircraft guns. The battalion also has more of these guns with twelve 8.8cm FlaK37 (Sf) self-propelled guns instead of the normal six ground-mounted weapons.

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Fortress Italy
Stubborn defence characterised the German Italian Campaign. They made full use of the difficult Italian terrain, criss-crossed with river valleys, hills, and mountains. Each Allied push was met with equally determined defence. The Germans would use their excellent mobile troops from the panzergrenadier divisions to slow the Allies at every turn, holding them for a time before slipping away in the night. In the meantime, the next defensive position was being prepared further up the road, ready for the next battle. These tactics saw the Allies slow to a crawl as they ground their way up the Italian boot, taking over eight months just to get beyond the defences of the Cassino Line. It wouldn’t be until April 1945 when the Allies would finally breakthrough the great defensive position in the north of Italy: the Gothic Line.

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Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78) The 8.8cm FlaK37 (Sf) self-propelled gun mounted the 8.8cm guns on the 18-ton carrying capacity Sd Kfz 9 Famo half-track, which is normally used as a armoured recovery vehicle. With up to 14.5mm of armour on the cab and a large gun shield it is protected against light weapons.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Victor Pesch
The 8.8cm FlaK37 (Sf) Deployed For Action
Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78) Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78)
The 8.8cm FlaK37 (Sf) in Flames Of War
    Armour
 
Turret Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF 
Anti-tank
Firepower
 
8.8cm FlaK37 (Sf)
Half-tracked
1
1
0

 Awkward layout.

8.8cm FlaK37 gun
40"/100cm
2
13
3+
 Heavy anti-aircraft gun.
Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78) Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78)
Awkward Layout
Some tank designs have such an awkward internal layout that it is difficult for the crew to fire on the move. In the Archer, for example, the gun recoils into the driver’s position, requiring them to vacate before firing.


Tank teams cannot shoot any weapons with Awkward Layout in their own Shooting Step if they move in the Movement Step. They may still shoot at Aircraft in the enemy’s Shooting Step (see page 181 of the rulebook).
Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78) Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78)
Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78)
Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78)
Heavy Anti-aircraft Guns
While heavy anti-aircraft guns like the famous German ‘88’ are very effective against heavy bombers (and tanks for that matter), they are not as useful against fast-flying fighter-bombers.


Heavy Anti-aircraft weapons only roll one die when firing at Aircraft regardless of their ROF rating.
Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78) Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78)
The Crew Manning The 8.8cm FlaK37 Gun
Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78) Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78) Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78)
The 8.8cm FlaK37 (Sf) Ready For Transport
Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78) Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78)
Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78) Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78)
The Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon Ready For Action
Self-propelled AA Gun Platoon (GBX78)


Last Updated On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Charlie at Battlefront