FlaK. 38

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FlaK. 38
(FlugabwehrKanone: Air Defense Cannon)
Type Light Anti-Aircraft Artillery
Armament 20 mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
Gun Elevation  ?
Turret Traverse  ?
Crew 2 (Commander, Gunner)
Weight 420kg
Tow Class Light
Main Gun Optics
Designation  ?
Magnification  ?
Field of View  ?

The Flak 38 (German: Flugabwehrkanone 38) was a German anti-aircraft gun designed in the late 1930s by Rheinmetall. It was an improved version of the FlaK 30, with a vast increase in its rate of fire from 120 RPM to 220 RPM. The weight was also lowered to 420 kg. The Flak 38 was adopted as the standard AA gun for the Heer in 1939.

Game Play

In World War II Online you should deploy this gun to provide a close-in anti-aircraft umbrella over attacking forces. Try to set up in a brush line or in trees behind your main advance, where your HE firepower will not only be useful against enemy aircraft, but can also provide heavy fire support for your advancing infantry and defence against light AFV's. It is slow to limber/unlimber, so it is a good idea to restrict your fire to limit the ability of roaming enemy infantry or vehicles to find you.

The high rate of fire means that you need to conserve your ammo and fire heavily only when you are certain to hit. The high rate of fire does help you to "firehose" your salvo onto the target and, when aim is true, deliver a powerful Punch. Clip reloading is also slow. Keep careful track of your ammunition status so you do not find yourself facing down an enemy tactical bomber with nothing to shoot.

  • See more in the AA guide - AirQuake! The AA gunner's guide to an empty sky