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Flak38
2 cm Flak 38
C/38
2cm Flak 38
General Historical Information
Place of origin: Germany
Category: Anti-Aircraft Gun
Used by:

Germany
Italy

Debut in FHSW: Debut in Battlefield 1942
Passengers: 1 or 2
Calibre: 2 cm
Ammunition: 20 x 138 mm B
Elevation: -12° to +90°
Traverse: 360°
Rate of Fire: 180 rpm
Maximum Range: 2200 metres
Mobile: Yes
Used by vehicles / ships: Sd.Kfz. 10/4
Sd.Kfz. 10/5
Prinz Eugen
Bismarck
Prinz Eugen
Specially designed bunker: Small Flakturm
Position 1: Gunner or driver
Position 2:

Gunner

Historical Picture
2 cm Flak 38 (germany)


Originally developed for the German Navy (the Kriegsmarine), the 20 mm gun C/30 fires 20 x 138 mm shells and it temporarily equiped Heinkel He 112 bombers for experimental purposes.

Revealing being particularly effective, Rheinmetall studied ways to adapt the gun to the army and developed the 20 mm Flak 30 and 20 mm Flak 38 while improving the rate of fire up to 220 rounds per minute. It was adopted by the German army in 1938. A lighter version is built by the firm Mauser designed for mountain troops and paratroopers to provide them with antiaircraft artillery: it was called 20 mm Gebirgsflak 38 (or 20 mm GebFlak 38) and took service in 1942.

If the use of these guns is devoted against aircrafts, many of them are used against infantry in horizontal site, especially during the battle of Normandy in protection of strongpoints (such as the Pointe du Hoc or the Maisy battery).


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