10.5 cm FlaK 38
|10.5 cm Flak 38|
A Flak 38 105 mm anti-aircraft gun at a Military museum in Belgrade
|Place of origin||Nazi Germany|
|Used by||Nazi Germany|
|Wars||World War II|
|Number built||Approx 2,000|
|Specifications (Flak 39)|
|Weight||10,224 kg (22,540 lbs)|
|Length||6.648 m (21 ft 10 in)|
|Barrel length||5.547 m (18 ft 2 in)|
|Shell||105 × 769 mm. R|
|Caliber||105 mm (4.13 in)|
|Barrels||One, 36 grooves with right-hand increasing twist from 1/48 to 1/36|
|Breech||Horizontal semi-automatic sliding block|
|Elevation||-3 to +85|
|Rate of fire||15–18 rounds per minute|
|Muzzle velocity||881 m/s (2,890 ft/s)|
|Effective range||17,600 m (19,247 yds) ground target
9,450 m (31,003 ft) effective ceiling
|Maximum range||11,400 m (37,401 ft) maximum ceiling|
The 10.5 cm SK C/33[Note 1] was a German anti-aircraft gun used during World War II by the Kriegsmarine on the Bismarck and Scharnhorst classes of battleships as well as the Deutschland- and Admiral Hipper-class cruisers.
They were mounted in pairs on an electrically powered tri-axial mounting, intended to compensate for the motion of the ship and maintain a lock onto the intened target. The mounting was not properly waterproofed so as the mountings were opened to the weather and sea swell, suffered from a high maintenance burden.
It was later adapted for Luftwaffe as a competitor to the famed 8.8 cm FlaK 18 as the 10.5 cm FlaK 38. In this role it proved to be too heavy for field use while having roughly similar performance as the 88mm, so was used primarily in static mounts. An improved version replacing the electrical gunlaying with a mechanical system was also introduced as the 10.5 cm FlaK 39.
Nymphe, a German Anti-Aircraft Ship. Formerly Norwegian Tordenskjold). Note her camouflaged 10.5 anti-aircraft guns.
A Flak 38 105 mm gun on the Zoo flak tower.
- SK - Schnelladekanone (quick loading cannon); C - Construktionsjahr (year of design)
- 10.5 cm Flak 38, 39: Multi-Purpose Gun
- German 10.5 cm/65 (4.1") SK C/33
- Gander, Terry; Chamberlain, Peter (1979). Weapons of the Third Reich: An Encyclopedic Survey of All Small Arms, Artillery and Special Weapons of the German Land Forces 1939–1945. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-15090-3.
- Hogg, Ian V. (1997). German Artillery of World War Two (2nd corrected ed.). Mechanicsville, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 1-85367-480-X.
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