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Germany
8.8cm FlaK18(Sfl) auf Zugkraftwagen 12t (Sfl)
Ordnance classification - Sdkfz 8

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General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1939 - 1945
Ordnance classificationSdkfz 8
Quantity Produced10
Weightunknown
Crew9
M.G's smalln/a
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
Length7.35 mtr
Width2.50 mtr
Height2.80 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed31 mph
Max Cross Country Speedunknown
Range Road156 miles
Range Cross Countryunknown
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacityunknown
Horse Power185 hp
Power/Weightunknown
General Information

Armour Details
Turret
Frontn/a
Siden/a
Rearn/a
Topn/a
Superstructure
Front15mm@(15mm)
Side15mm@(15mm)
Rear8mm@(8mm)
Topn/a
Hull
Front15mm@(15mm)
Side15mm@(15mm)
Rear8mm@(8mm)
Topn/a
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 15 mm - Minimum n/a mm



Weapon Details
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8.8cm Flak 18
8.8cm Flugabwehrkanone 18
(translates as Anti Aircraft Gun)
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photo of 8.8cm Flak 18 from 8.8cm Flak 18 from worldwarphotos.info
History
Designed by Krupp engineers at Bofors in Sweden in 1931 the gun was produced in Germany in 1933 and some were involved in the Spanish Civil War where its anti tank capabilities were identified.
ManufacturerKrupp
Manufactured1933 - 1945
Calibre88mm
LengthL/53
Rate of Fire15 rpm
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Explosive Content
8.8cm Pzgr Patr(AP)
88mm 9.4Kg 810M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 105mm @ 1000mtr/30° ( ≈ 121mm/0°)
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.12 0.25 0.52 1.09 1.72 2.41 3.2 4.07
Penetration(mm@30°) 157 148 136 122 109 96 85 74
Penetration(mm@0°) 182 171 158 142 127 112 99 86
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 98 77 48 25 15


 
8.8cm Pzgr Patr 40(AP40)
88mm 7.5Kg 935M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 126mm @ 500mtr/30° ( ≈ 145mm/0°)
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.11 0.22 0.45 0.96 1.53 2.18 2.92 3.78
Penetration(mm@30°) 170 157 143 126 109 95 81 68
Penetration(mm@0°) 197 182 166 146 127 110 94 79
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 98 85 60 29 22



8.8cm Sprgr Patr L/4.5(HE)
88mm 9.4Kg 750M/Sec 0.870Kg explosive
Maximum Range 14815 Mtr
Range(Mtr)10002000300040005000600070008000
Flight Time(Secs) 1.5 3.45 6.07 9.78 15.44 25.14 45.63 117.5
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 mtr2 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 penetrate 2 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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