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3.7 cm Flak M42
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General Historical Information
Place of origin: Germany
Category: Anti-Aircraft
Used by:

Germany

Passengers: 1
Calibre: 3.7 cm
Ammunition: AP/HE tracer
Elevation: -10 / +90°
Traverse: 360°
Rate of Fire: 250 rpm
Used by vehicles / ships: U-Boot-Klasse XIV "Milchkuh"
Position 1: Gunner
Historical Picture
3.7 cm Flak M42k


This weapon was manufactured by Rheinmetal-Borsig and was essentially a longer barrel and improved version over the older 3.7 cm/83 SK C/30 and had a much higher rate of fire. Recoil operated, air cooled and used five-round ammunition strips. These were the first German light anti-aircraft guns to have shields, a surprising shortcoming of earlier weapons.

The design of this gun emphasized ease of manufacturing. Constructed of a monobloc barrel connected to the breech ring by a bayonet joint to allow easy replacement. Used a vertical sliding breech block, hydraulic brake and spring recuperator.

Near the end of World War II twin guns were mounted on some submarines.


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