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Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86)

Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway Car (GBX86)
includes one Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway Car with two 8.8cm FlaK37 guns and 16 crew figures.

The notorious 88mm gun (commonly called the Eighty-eight) was a German anti-aircraft gun. Widely used throughout the war, it was one of Germany's most recognised weapons.

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'Flak' is a contraction of Flugzeugabwehrkanone, 'aircraft-defence cannon'. In English, 'flak' became a generic term for ground anti-aircraft fire. The Germans colloquially referred to the gun as the Acht-acht ('Eight-eight'). The 8.8 cm FlaK37 was the final development of the Eighty-eight produced by Krupp. Weighing 7 tonnes, it could fire 15-20 rounds per minute.

As well as its intended use in the anti-aircraft role, the 88 was also very successful as an improvised anti-tank gun, leading to the development of a tank gun based upon it: the 8.8 cm KwK 36.

Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86)
In many parts of Germany mobile FlaK units were employed with guns on railway mounts. They could be equipped with any of the following calibres: 20mm (single or four-barrelled), 37mm, 75mm, 88mm, or 105mm. These units moved from place to place in special FlaK trains, with their own living and kitchen accommodations. The width of the broad-type heavy FlaK cars was extended with a folding flap, allowing crews space to operate the guns effectively.The heavy guns were not generally fired on the move. On arrival at their destination the trains were broken up, and the guns and equipment sited on sidings.
Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86) Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86)

Railway Gun
Railway guns are mounted on railway cars, and are set-up in a positions to cover it with anti-aircraft fire. It is only through desperation as a last line of defence that they fire on ground targets.

Railway Gun teams are Gun Teams.

Railway Gun cannot be towed by any form of vehicle.

Railway Gun cannot be dug-in.

Railway gun with multiple weapons is a single team. It retains the ROF for each weapon when shooting and does not reduce its ROF for having multiple weapons.

Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86) Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86)
Concealed in the Rail Yard
FlaK guns on railway cars were often mixed in with the other rolling stock in the rail yard or station they were deployed in. This meant they were only noticed when they began to fire on the approaching enemy.

An enemy team must be within 16”/40cm of a team from a Luftwaffe Railway Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon that has not shot during the game, in order to shoot at, or allocate hits to, it. An enemy Observer team must be within 16”/40cm of a team from a Luftwaffe Railway Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon that has not shot during the game, to target it with an Artillery Bombardment.
Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86) Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86)
Area Air Defence
Railway FlaK-Regiments are not tactically mobile and are usually moved into position sometime before the battle, to cover a location with anti-aircraft fire.

Luftwaffe Light Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons, Luftwaffe Heavy Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons, and Luftwaffe Railway Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons, always begin the game on the table. Ignore all Luftwaffe Light Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons, Luftwaffe Heavy Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons, and Luftwaffe Railway Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons in your force when determining how many platoons to be held in Reserve.
Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86) Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86)
The Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car in Flames Of War
      Armour
   
Name Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes
Weapon Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
 
Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car Immobile       Railway Gun.
8.8cm FlaK37 gun
40"/100cm
2
13
3+ Gun Shield, Heavy anti-aircraft, Turntable.
Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86) Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86)

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Aaron Mathie

Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway car (GBX86)


Last Updated On Friday, February 22, 2019 by Luke at Battlefront