The “Camera On” series features rare images, all from German sources and the majority from private collections of ordinary German soldiers of the period. This is an A4 book format with 160 b&w photographs to a very high standard – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Camera On 20, 3.7cm Flak 18/36/37 FILE: R3194 AUTHOR: Alan Ranger PUBLISHER: Mushroom Model Publications, MMP BINDING: soft back PRICE: £15.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, Second World War, German Army, personnel carriers, gun tractors, half tracks, Blitz Krieg, Lightning War, all arms warfare, mechanized warfare, anti-aircraft guns, static mounts ISBN: 978-8365958-55-6 PAGES: 80 IMAGE: B3194.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y8gzyl3t LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The “Camera On” series features rare images, all from German sources and the majority from private collections of ordinary German soldiers of the period. This is an A4 book format with 160 b&w photographs to a very high standard – Very Highly Recommended.
The 3.7 cm Flak canon was a very effective and versatile weapon in the same class as the famous Swedish Bofors 4 cm canon built under license by many countries and widely used by the British and Americans during WWII. The German gun was largely produced on a trailer carriage with limber to be towed by a variety of German vehicles including half-tracks. Once in position the wheels were removed, making it a static artillery piece. Inevitably, it was also mounted on a variety of soft-skin and armoured chassis to best keep up with fast moving Panzer forces.
Unlike the British and American 4 cm Bofors derived guns, the Germans did not use the Flak 18/36/37 on a twin or multiple mount. It was a long barrel self-loading gun, capable of continuous fire, much as the Bofors. It was optimised for anti-aircraft use but it was also capable against ground targets, including armour. As the war progressed it was used as a fortress weapon in gun pits and bunkers.
Many rare and very informative images that show the range of roles the Flak gun was employed in on all German battle fronts. There is good concise text in introduction and the images are supported by captions and extended captions. A very affordable and valuable book.