Twin 8.8cm FlaK Railway car


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Price: $33.50AUD inc. GST

Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway Car (GBX86) includes one Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway Car with two 8.8cm FlaK37 guns and 16 crew figures.

The notorious 88mm gun (commonly called the Eighty-eight) was a German anti-aircraft gun. Widely used throughout the war, it was one of Germany's most recognised weapons.

'Flak' is a contraction of Flugzeugabwehrkanone, 'aircraft-defence cannon'. In English, 'flak' became a generic term for ground anti-aircraft fire. The Germans colloquially referred to the gun as the Acht-acht ('Eight-eight'). The 8.8 cm FlaK37 was the final development of the Eighty-eight produced by Krupp. Weighing 7 tonnes, it could fire 15-20 rounds per minute.

As well as its intended use in the anti-aircraft role, the 88 was also very successful as an improvised anti-tank gun, leading to the development of a tank gun based upon it: the 8.8 cm KwK 36.

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