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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 8.8-cm FlaK 41,
8.8-cm Flugabwehrkanone 41

Rheinmettall-Borsig designed an improved anti-aircraft gun and had a prototype ready in 1941.1 First deliveries appeared in March 1943.1

Design

Improvements were made in the recoil and recuperator gear.1 The cradle was changed to a horizontal design which lowered it's height.1

There was a new ramming mechanism to help load the larger shells.1

  8.8-cm FlaK 41
Caliber 88 mm1
Traveling  
Length  
Height  
Front width  
Rear width  
Firing  
Length  
Height  
Outrigger arms width  
Other Specs  
Length of gun 6.336 m1
Length of bore  
Calibers L/721
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Weight traveling 11,240 kg1
Weight in action 7,800 kg1
Elevation -3° to 90°1
Traverse  
Muzzle Velocity 1,000 m/sec1
Rate of fire  
Range of shell horizontal 19,700 m1
Ceiling 15,000 m1
Shell weight HE: 9.2 kg1
Armor penetration  
Breech mechanism  
Length of wheelbase  
Ground clearance  

Sources:

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