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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 3.7-cm FlaK 36,
3.7-cm FlaK 37

The FlaK 18 ended production in 1936 and the improved FlaK 36 took it's place.

It was mounted on a two wheeled carriage.

There was an eight man crew that serviced the weapon.

The FlaK 36 used the Flakvisier 35 or 36 to sight the gun. When Zeiss developed a newer sight, the Flakvisier 37, the gun became the FlaK 37.

Usage

These guns were deployed in 9 or 12 gun batteries.

They were sometimes deployed on trains, warships, FlaK towers, and vehicles.

  3.7-cm FlaK 36
3.7-cm FlaK 37
Caliber 1.457"
37 mm
Length of gun 142.75"
3.626 m
Length of bore  
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Weight traveling 5,291 lb
2,400 kg
Weight in action 3,417 lb
1,550 kg
Elevation -8° to +85°
Traverse 360°
Muzzle Velocity 2,690'/sec
820 m/sec
Elevation ceiling 15,750'
4,800 m
Range of shell  
Shell weight 1.4 lb
0.64 kg
Armor penetration  
Breech mechanism  

Sources:

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