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« on: 23 August 2009, 18:34:34 »
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German luftwaffe anti-aircraft observers determining the height of targets.  Anyone recognize the model of this gun?  One thing that strikes me is the large knives the crew all seem to be carrying; was this knife standard field equipment?
Also, what is the last word in the caption?
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« Reply #1 on: 23 August 2009, 18:41:04 »
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single 20mm?
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« Reply #2 on: 23 August 2009, 18:59:15 »
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Mobile searchlights on trailers shown on a real photo postcard mailed in Germany in July, 1938.
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« Reply #3 on: 24 August 2009, 01:22:03 »
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Anyone recognize the model of this gun?  One thing that strikes me is the large knives the crew all seem to be carrying; was this knife standard field equipment?
Also, what is the last word in the caption?


No idea what gun that is, but I supose it's an older model - looks like the picture was taken well before 1939. Those knifes should be standrad issue bajonets and the last word of the caption says "Feuerbereitschaft".  
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« Reply #4 on: 28 August 2009, 04:32:26 »
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"Feuerbereitschaft" allright, the equipment the guys use is the portable range finder ("Entfernungsmesser"), but it is obvioulsy a staged pic as the "Entfernungsmesser für Leichte Flak" (according to my father who was "Entfernungsesser") used a support on the shoulder in all versions when used:





As for the gun, it is probably a 2 cm FLAK 30 (Rheinmetall) or FLAK 38 (Mauser)

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« Reply #5 on: 19 March 2011, 22:26:06 »
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Ratter, I've seen hundreds of pictures where the "Entfernungsmesser" was used with the 88mm Flak, probably against ground targets, without any shoulder supports. Maybe it could be used that way against aircraft for other size guns as well.

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« Reply #6 on: 20 March 2011, 20:34:51 »
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Yes, it is.
In Dutch its named a Knijpkat Knipoog
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