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Author Topic: Identification needed - FlaK truck  (Read 10046 times)
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« on: 9 July 2009, 23:17:19 »
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Is this the 251/17 half-track?  the capion merely says 'Army Flak'; it looks authentic, ie. something is being fired.  Are the sides dropped down to allow greater 360-degree movement of the gun?
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« Reply #1 on: 10 July 2009, 09:13:30 »
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no, definitely not a half-track but one of their trucks equipped with what I think is a single 37mm(20mm?) FlaK

http://www.warandtactics.com/smf/index.php?topic=610.0


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Germany's second tracked self-propelled anti-aircraft unit, it was the mating of a FlaK30 or FlaK38 on the chassis of a Sd.Kfz.10/4 half-track.  Almost 1000 of these vehicles were issued to combat units before the invasion of France in May 1940.



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« Reply #2 on: 10 July 2009, 10:28:01 »
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Are the sides dropped down to allow greater 360-degree movement of the gun?


If I recall correctly, the dropped railings served as a walkway for the gun crew
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« Reply #3 on: 10 July 2009, 14:02:19 »
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That indeed looks like the early version of the SdKfz10/4 (without armor shield). By the way, every vehicle with wheels AND tracks is called a 'half-track'.

For comparison:

 
SdKfz251/17 Ausf.C


SdKfz251/17 Ausf.D
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« Reply #4 on: 10 July 2009, 14:11:20 »
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That indeed looks like the early version of the SdKfz10/4 (without armor shield). By the way, every vehicle with wheels AND tracks is called a 'half-track'.


correct, was just clarifying (I hope) that the chassis was from a (haf-track) truck and not as in most cases from a Half-track as we all know.

what do you think: FlaK 38?
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« Reply #5 on: 10 July 2009, 15:23:22 »
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what do you think: FlaK 38?


I'd think that vehicle is grey... probably a Flak 30, then, but actually impossible to tell.
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« Reply #6 on: 6 November 2012, 16:12:44 »
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Yes, Koen identified it correctly. It's not a 251 series half track, those were basically armored personnel carriers, but the SdKfz series with the flak gun mounted on the rear.

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