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Germany - 5.5cm Gerat 58 Flak
5.5cm Gerat 58 Flugabwehrkanone
(translates as Anti Aircraft Gun)

Showing the details of the shells used(where known)
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Weapon Details
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5.5cm Gerat 58 Flak
5.5cm Gerat 58 Flugabwehrkanone
(translates as Anti Aircraft Gun)
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History
The very delayed replacement for the 5cm Flak 41, with a bore increase as the 50mm shell was found to be unstable in its Anti Aircraft role
ManufacturerRheinmetal-Borsig
Manufactured1944 - 1945
Calibre55mm
LengthL/76
Rate of Fire140rpm
 
5.5cm Gerat(HE)
55mm 2.03Kg 1050M/Sec 0.485Kg explosive
Maximum Range 15000 Mtr
Range(Mtr)10002000300040005000600070008000
Flight Time(Secs) 1.16 2.99 6.29 13.98 52.59
Burst radius Infantry in open 99% kill4 mtr Burst radius Infantry in open 66% kill8 mtr
Burst radius Infantry in open 33% kill21 mtr  Armour Penetration inc roof at 1 mtr1 mm
An explosion within 4 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 99% casualties - lethal.
An explosion within 8 mtr of infantry in the open will cause > 66% casualties and could damage some AFV's.
An explosion within 21 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 penetrate 1 mm of the tank armour including the roof.

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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