88 mm Gun

The German 88 mm Flak anti-tank and anti-aircraft gun refers to a series of guns developed throughout the 1930s and 40s, representing some of the most recognisable German weapons of the Second World War.


The name 'Flak' comes from an abbreviation of the word 'Flugabwehrkanone', meaning anti-aircraft defence cannon in German. They are sometimes also referred to as simply the "88" in English or the "Acht-acht" in German.



The first generation of 88 mms were semi-automatic and designed to be simple to use. A shell would be loaded into a tray, the gun would fire and recoil, and in doing so, would re-load.

Text by NinaGHealey

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