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“FLAK PANTHER”

“Bergepanther D with 3,7cm Flak “.

Picture taken in a Village Bohemia (Czech Republic) possible at end of war. It’s a Berge Panther D with a fixed 37mm Flak Turret in the ring, or possible on the Wooden Deck covering the Hole left by the MIssing Turret.  First’s (10-12) Bergepeanther converted Ausf.D chassis. The ring on the ring tower Seems typical of One of Those vehicles. (Most other conversions Panther = Bergepanther / tractor occurred at the level of deposit and the field.)

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The Legendary 88 mm gun (eighty-eight) is a German anti-aircraft and anti-tank artillery gun from World War II. They were widely used throughout the war, and could be found on almost every battlefield. Developments of the original models led to a wide variety of guns.

The name applies to a series of anti-aircraft guns officially called the 8,8 cm FlaK 18, 36 or 37. FlaK is a German contraction of either Fl(ugzeug)a(bwehr)-K(anone) or Fl(ug)a(bwehr)-K(anone) (hence the capital K, nowadays one word) meaning anti-aircraft gun, the original purpose of the eighty-eight. In informal German use, the guns were universally known as the Acht-acht (8-8), a contraction of Acht-komma-acht Zentimeter (German: “8,8 cm” - comma being used as the decimal separator in German). 

A Sd.Kfz.7 towing an 88mm FlaK 36 or 37 passes a halted Panzerjäger Tiger (P) ‘Ferdinand’. Both vehicles have interesting camouflage schemes comprising of a web type patter effect, which has been created by spraying a lighter colour over the dark sand base colour.

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The roughly equivalent main AA guns of the Axis and Allied forces.

Left to right, top to bottom: The world-famous German 8.8 cm Flak 18/36/37/41, the Japanese Type 99 88 mm, the Italian Cannone da 90/53, the American 90 mm Gun M1, the soviet 85 mm air defense gun M1939 (52-K), and the British/Commonwealth QF 3.7-inch AA gun.

All in very similar calibers raging from 85 to 94 mm, all more or less rounding up the 10.000 feet in effective ceiling range, and all useful in the anti-tank role, the German 88 being the most prolific in this aspect doe to its comparatively light weight. 

Suggested by  ritterbruder

A rare photograph showing a specially converted half-track with a mounted 37mm FlaK 37 in its elevated position during winter operations. Note the gunner gazing through the tripod-mounted binoculars, trying to deduce the whereabouts of enemy aerial activity.