2cm FlaK 38

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The 2 cm FlaK 38 (2 cm Flugabwehrkanone 38) was a 20mm anti-aircraft gun widely used by various German forces throughout the Second World War. FlaK 38 and its predecessor 2cm FlaK 30 were produced by Rheinmetall and Mauser in large quantities (the base design of the gun was made by Solothurn, Switzerland). It was the primary German light anti-aircraft gun and was produced in a variety of models, notably the Flakvierling 38 which combined four FlaK 38 cannon on a single carriage.

The German 105mm heavy anti-air gun was also referred to as FlaK 38, despite being unrelated. This is why the German designation always included the caliber in front of the name and introduction year. It was originally used by the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) before being adopted by the Luftwaffe (German Air force, responsible for anti-air weapons) as an AA weapon.

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2 cm FlaK 38

2 cm FlaK 38 in single mounting - 20x138mm B

Specifications

(1939 - 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: 280–450 rounds/min (cyclic), 120–180 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 38 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Battle of Stalingrad (Stalingradskaya bitva), Part I German soldiers 1949
Decision Before Dawn German troops 1951
The Assassination (Atentát) German soldiers 1964
Adventures of Werner Holt (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), The German troops 1965
How I Won the War German DAK (Afrika Korps) 1967
Stalingrad German troops 1993
Saving Private Ryan German troops 1998
U-571 2000
Serenity 2005
The Island (Ostrov) Twin mounting on a German ship 2006
Valkyrie German soldiers 2008
My Way German soldiers 2011
Red Tails German troops 2012
Hans Kloss. Stawka wieksza niz smierc Tomasz Kot Hans Kloss 2012
City 44 German troops 2014

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The State Border: Film 5 archival footage 1980 - 1988

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Battlefield: 1942 2002
Company of Heroes 2 2013
Call of Duty: WWII 2017
Battlefield V 2018

Flakvierling 38

Flakvierling 38 - 20x138mm B

Specifications

(1940 - 1945)

  • Weight: 1,509 kg (3,327 lbs)
  • Length: 4.08 m (13 ft 5 in)
  • Width: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
  • Crew: 7
  • Caliber: 20x138mm B
  • Barrel length(s): 1.3 m (4.26 ft) (L/65)
  • Elevation: -10°to +100°
  • Traverse: 360°
  • Rate of Fire: 1800 rounds/min (cyclic), 800 rounds/min (practical)
  • Muzzle Velocity: 900 m/s (2,953 ft/s)
  • Effective Range: 2,200 m (2,406 yds)
  • Feed System: 20 (x4) round box magazines
  • Fire Modes: Full-Auto



The 2cm FlaK 38 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Battle of the Rails (La bataille du rail) German soldiers Mounted on armoured train 1946
Decision Before Dawn German troops 1951
The Tank Brigade German troops 1955
The Big Runaround German troops 1969
633 Squadron German troops 1964
The Battle of Neretva The Partisans 1969
Kelly's Heroes German troops 1970
The Last Escape German troops 1970
Walter Defends Sarajevo (Valter brani Sarajevo) German troops 1972
Cross of Iron German troops 1977
Rommel German troops 2012

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Band of Brothers German soldiers "Day of Days" (Ep.2) 2001

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines not usable 1998
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 2001
Call of Duty 2003
Call of Duty 2 2005
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood 2005
Company of Heroes 2006
Medal of Honor: Airborne 2007
Wolfenstein 2009
Just Cause 2 2010
Resident Evil 6 2012
Sniper Elite V2 2012
Heroes & Generals 2012
Enemy Front 2014
Sniper Elite III 2014
Call of Duty: Black Ops III 2015
Sniper Elite 4 "Flakvierling 38" 2017



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