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|Type||Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun|
|Place of origin||Nazi Germany|
|Wars||World War II|
|Weight||9,800 kg (21,600 lb)|
|Length||4.61 m (15 ft 1 in)|
|Width||2.15 m (7 ft 1 in)|
|Height||2.25 m (7 ft 5 in)|
|Armor||10 mm - 15 mm|
|1 x 2 cm FlaK 38 L/112.5
|Engine||1 x Praga AC, 6-cylinder petrol engine
147 hp (110 kW)
|210 km (130 miles)|
|Speed||42 km/h (26 mph)|
Design and development
The Flakpanzer 38(t) was designed around the chassis of the Czech-built LT-38 tank and was built from November 1943 to February 1944, entering service in 1944.
As the vehicle used the 38(t) Ausf M chassis, the engine was located near the middle of the vehicle, and the armament was placed at the rear in a specially designed armoured section. The superstructure could fold down to allow 360-degree traverse at low elevation.
A total of 141 Flakpanzer 38(t)s were built, including the single prototype vehicle.
The Flakpanzer 38(t) was intended to be issued to the anti-aircraft platoon of each tank battalion (Panzer Abteilung) in a Panzer division.
At this late stage in the war, the single 2 cm FlaK main armament was no longer sufficient to ward off enemy aircraft, and the Flakpanzer 38(t) became easy prey for Allied fighter-bombers.
As its folding superstructure allowed a very low (-5°) elevation the Flakpanzer 38(t) was often used against enemy infantry and unarmoured or lightly armoured vehicles.
- Bayeux memorial
- Musee Automobiles de Normandie, Cleres (Now believed to be in private hands in the UK)
- Saumur armour museum
- Becker private collection
- SdKfz 138/1 Grille - German self-propelled gun on similar chassis
- Chamberlain, Peter; Hilary L. Doyle and Thomas L. Jentz (Technical Editor) (1978 (revised edition 1993)). Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two: A Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns, and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933–1945. London: Arms and Armour Press. ISBN 1-85409-214-6.
- Ledwoch, J. (Shackleton, M. J. edited). Armour in Focus: Flakpanzer 38 (t) ISBN 9788372190260
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