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Germany - 3.7cm Flak 18
3.7cm Flugabwehrkanone 18
(translates as Anti Aircraft Gun)

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3.7cm Flak 18
3.7cm Flugabwehrkanone 18
(translates as Anti Aircraft Gun)
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History
An enlarged version of the 2cm Flak 30 which had a heavy cumbersome cruciform mount and was superceeded by the lighter carriage mounted 3.7cm Flak 36
ManufacturerRheinmetal
Manufactured1935 - 1936
Calibre37mm
LengthL/85
Rate of Fire160 rpm
 
3.7cm Pzgr Patr 18(AP)
37mm 0.68Kg 762M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 31mm @ 500mtr/30° ( ≈ 35mm/0°)
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.13 0.28 0.59 1.34 2.33 3.7 5.71 8.97
Penetration(mm@30°) 41 38 32 25 20 15 11 6
Penetration(mm@0°) 48 44 38 30 24 18 13 8
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 90 54 22 3 1



3.7cm Sprgr Patr 18(HE)
37mm 0.64Kg 820M/Sec ≈0.095Kg explosive
Maximum Range 6000 Mtr
Range(Mtr)10002000300040005000600070008000
Flight Time(Secs) 1.68 5.31 19.44
Burst radius Infantry in open 99% kill2 mtr Burst radius Infantry in open 66% kill5 mtr
Burst radius Infantry in open 33% kill13 mtr  Armour Penetration inc roof at 1 mtr0 mm
An explosion within 2 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 99% casualties - lethal.
An explosion within 5 mtr of infantry in the open will cause > 66% casualties and could damage some AFV's.
An explosion within 13 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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