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Germany - 5.0cm Flak 41 L/68
5.0cm Flugabwehrkanone 41 L/68
(translates as Anti Aircraft Gun)

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5.0cm Flak 41 L/68
5.0cm Flugabwehrkanone 41 L/68
(translates as Anti Aircraft Gun)
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photo of 5.0cm Flak 41 L/68 from The Lone Sentry(www.lonesentry.com)
History
To fill the range gap between the 3.7cm Flak 81 and the 8.8cm Flak 18, the Luftwaffe decided to experiment with a 50mm gun, but due to poor design this was scrapped and subsequently the 5.5cm Gerat 58 Flak was designed as a replacement
ManufacturerRheinmetal
Manufactured1940 - 1941
Calibre50mm
LengthL/68
Rate of Fire130 rpm
 
5.0cm PzGr Patr 42(AP)
50mm 2.34Kg 830M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 61mm @ 500mtr/30° ( ≈ 70mm/0°)
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.12 0.25 0.52 1.15 1.9 2.84 4.02 5.57
Penetration(mm@30°) 94 85 76 64 53 43 34 25
Penetration(mm@0°) 109 99 88 74 62 50 40 30
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 96 74 34 15 3



5cm Sprgr Patr 41(HE)
50mm 2.2Kg 840M/Sec ≈0.33Kg explosive
Maximum Range 12000 Mtr
Range(Mtr)10002000300040005000600070008000
Flight Time(Secs) 1.49 3.97 8.93 23.85
Burst radius Infantry in open 99% kill3 mtr Burst radius Infantry in open 66% kill6 mtr
Burst radius Infantry in open 33% kill16 mtr  Armour Penetration inc roof at 1 mtr0 mm
An explosion within 3 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 99% casualties - lethal.
An explosion within 6 mtr of infantry in the open will cause > 66% casualties and could damage some AFV's.
An explosion within 16 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 33% casualties.
The blast effect of this shell exploding within 1 mtr of an armoured vehicle will not cause any significant armour damage.

Hit probability is based on a static 2 x 2.4 metre panel at 0 degrees(vertical) at the range specified.

The data that has been used to create these records has come from Wikipedia, The Lone Sentry, The Bundes Archive and numerous books and websites that have provided the detailed information that has not been available anywhere else. The information we use to calculate the penetration tables, flight times and the hit probability comes from the Gun Calibre, the Shell Mass(Kg) and the muzzle velocity, plus range reductions to allow for gravity and wind resistance. This calculation originally came from a pre-war Krupp calculation which has been modified, and seems to fit the actual test results.

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