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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 2-cm Flakvierling 38

This quadruple mounted 20 mm gun was designed by Mauser to be used by the Navy. It however entered production in 1940 for use by the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe.

It used an adapted carriage of the FlaK 38 and the Flakvisier 40 or Flakvisier 40A sight.

Usage

The crew was a commander with seven men.

It was used on trains and FlaK towers.

  2-cm Flakvierling 38
Caliber 0.8"
20 mm
Length of gun 88.7"
2.252 m
Length of bore  
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Weight traveling 4,877 lb
2,212 kg
Weight in action 3,338 lb
1,514 kg
Elevation -10° to +100°
Traverse 360°
Muzzle Velocity 2,953'/sec
900 m/sec
Ceiling 7,220'
2,200 m
Range of shell  
Shell weight 0.2625 lb
0.119 kg
Armor penetration  
Breech mechanism  

Sources:

  1. Artillery of World War II, Chris Chant, 2001
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site