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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 8.8-cm FlaK 37,
8.8-cm Flugabwehrkanone 37

Design

Changes were made to the sights and a "follow the pointer" system was developed.1 This was system where tow members of the crew controlled the elevation and azimuth.1 Dials received signals from the battery central fire direction post.1 It was up to the crew to match the pointers in the dials to set the proper elevation and azimuth for the target.1

The barrel went back to being two pieces.1

8.8-cm FlaK 37/41

Had new barrels and an enlarged chamber to handle more powerful ammunition.1 A double-baffle muzzle brake was installed to help with recoil.1

Only 12 were built at which time the FlaK 41 was being produced.1

  8.8-cm FlaK 37
Caliber 88 mm1
Traveling  
Length  
Height  
Front width  
Rear width  
Firing  
Length  
Height  
Outrigger arms width  
Other Specs  
Length of gun  
Length of bore  
Calibers  
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Weight traveling  
Weight in action  
Elevation  
Traverse  
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 37/36/37/41 and PaK 43 1936-45, John Norris, 2002
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site