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2cm Flak 38

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  1. Jim

    Jim New Member

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    Designed to provide a higher rate of fire than an earlier design, the 2cm Flak 38 proved to be a mainstay of the German light anti-aircraft defences in WWII. Entering service in early 1940 this Flak saw service in all major theatres. With a small calibre it was primarily used against low flying aircraft, but was also effective against ground targets including soft-skinned vehicles. The Sd.Ah.51 trailer was used when towing the gun, behind a light truck, such as the Krupp Protze or Opel Blitz, or a half-track such as the Mauliter. The Flak 38 was also mounted on permanent positions such as Flak towers and coastal fortifications; boats; railway wagons, and military vehicles, such as the Sd.Kfz 10/5 half-track.

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    2cm Flak 38 gun

    German armored trains played a more important role as they gave support to fighting troops and provided cover for the railroads against the Soviet Air Force. This anti-aircraft station situated on a Panzerzug is equipped with a quadruple 2cm Flak 38 gun. The camouflage and the markings, which indicate seven victories over II-2 assault aircraft. Their silhouettes are painted on the shield, and the same "kills" are marked by victory rings on the gun barrels.

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    Nice and powerful weapon. This was produced by the Mauser manufacturer in 1940 and was in service in March 1945.
     
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    Powerful weapon. FlaK 38 were 20 mm anti-aircraft guns widely used by various German forces.
     
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    :thumb:Great thread and in time, I can add two photos to this thread. One of my 2cm Flak gun pics has 31 kill rings, the other has 40 kill rings.
     

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