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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 8.8-cm FlaK 36,
8.8-cm Flugabwehrkanone 36

Flak 36 (left), Flak 18 (right) captured in Tunisia:
Germany's Flak 36 (left), Flak 18 (right) captured in Tunisia
United States Army in World War II, Pictorial Record, The War Against Germany and Italy: Mediterranean and Adjacent Areas, 1951, pg 62

8.8-cm FlaK 36 at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds:
German 8.8-cm FlaK 36 at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds
Nick Francis

8.8-cm FlaK 36 at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds:
German 8.8-cm FlaK 36 at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds
Nick Francis

Based on the experience gained in Spain with the 8.8-cm FlaK 18 modifications were asked for.

Design

The platform was changed to improve stability and simplify production.

The front and rear wheel sections were made with dual-wheels and made identically. Each had a barrel support so the gun could face either direction while being towed.

The gun barrel had three sections for ease of replacement when one section would wear out.

8.8-cm FlaK 36/43

Production of the FlaK41 gun outpaced it's carriages so it was fitted to FlaK 36 carriages.

  8.8-cm FlaK 36
Caliber 88 mm
Traveling  
Length  
Height  
Front width  
Rear width  
Firing  
Length  
Height  
Outrigger arms width  
Other Specs  
Length of gun 4.664 m
Length of bore  
Calibers  
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Weight traveling  
Weight in action  
Elevation -3° to +85°
Traverse 360°
Muzzle Velocity  
Rate of fire  
Range of shell horizontal  
Ceiling  
Ceiling at 70°  
Shell weight  
Armor penetration  
Breech mechanism  
Length of wheelbase  
Ground clearance  

Sources:

  1. New Vanguard 88 mm FlaK 36/36/37/41 and PaK 43 1936-45, John Norris, 2002
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site