Gebirgsflak 38

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Gebirgsflak 38
TypeAnti-Aircraft Gun
Place of originNazi Germany
Service history
In service1942
Used byNazi Germany
WarsSecond World War
Production history
Produced1941 - ???
Weight360 Kg
Length143 in (363.2 cm)
Width47 in (119.4 cm)
Height50 - 57 in traveling, 31 - 42 in mounted

Shell20×138 mm. B
Caliber20 mm
Elevation-20°to ±90°
Rate of fire450 rounds/min (cyclic)
220 rpm (practical)
Muzzle velocity900 metres/second
Maximum firing range2200 m
Feed system20 round box magazine

The Gebirgsflak 38 was a German anti-aircraft weapon of World War II, a lightweight version of the 2 cm FlaK 38 designed for airborne and mountain troops as a dual purpose gun for use against air and ground targets. The main difference was that the carriage was smaller and lighter than the carriage for the FlaK 38. The gun and carriage were designed to allow the weapon to be broken into several pack loads for transport. The carriage has two wheels and when raised the gun has a 360° traverse. Unlike the Flak 38, the light carriage is not designed for high towing speeds.

The Gebirgsflak 38 was fired using a foot pedal on the right front of the flak mount. The gunlayer's seat was mounted behind the gun and rotated with the mount in traverse. Elevating and traversing of the gun were manual using handwheels located on the right and left sides of the mount respectively. There are two speeds, high and low, in both elevating and traversing.