2cm FlaK 30

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The 2 cm FlaK 30 (2 cm Flugabwehrkanone 30) was a 20mm anti-aircraft gun used in the early years of World War 2 by the German armed forces. Due to the Treaty of Versailles it was forbidden for Germany to develop any anti aircraft guns. This is why Rheinmetall ordered the Swiss company Solothurn to develop this weapon in 1930. It was introduced to German armed forces in 1934 but soon it was found that it needed some improvements. It was followed by the similar looking 2cm FlaK 38, which solved most of the problems of the 2cm FlaK 30.


2 cm FlaK 30

2 cm FlaK 30 - 20x138mm B


(1934 - 1945)

  • Weight: 450 kg (992 lbs)
  • Length: 4.08 m (13.38 ft)
  • Barrel Length: 1.3 m (4.26 ft) (L/65)
  • Width: 1.81 m (6 ft)
  • Height: 1.6 m (5.24 ft)
  • Crew: 7
  • Caliber: 20x138mm B
  • Elevation: -12°to +90°
  • Traverse: 360°
  • Rate of Fire: 280 rounds/min (cyclic), 120 rpm (practical)
  • Muzzle Velocity: 900 m/s (2,953 ft/s)
  • Effective Range: 2,200 m (2,406 yds)
  • Feed System: 20 round box magazine

The 2cm FlaK 30 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Moscow Skies (Nebo Moskvy) Abandoned on battlefield 1944
Shock Troops (Un homme de trop) German troops 1967
Walter Defends Sarajevo (Valter brani Sarajevo) German troops 1972
Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (V boy idut odni "stariki") German troops Documentary footage 1973
From Hell to Victory US Army soldiers 1979
Das Boot Mounted on Submarine 1981
R2B: Return to Base North Korean troops 2012

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Call of Duty: United Offensive mounted on German PT boat 2004

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