Thursday, September 04, 2014
Well Equipped Enemy
The 8.8 cm Flak 36 firing at night. Originally designed as anti-aircraft artillery, the Germans soon realized this was a superb anti-tank weapon. Flak, which quickly became the noun for all medium to large caliber anti-aircraft fire, stood for Flugzeugabwehrkanone, air defense canon. The 88s they put in their biggest tanks were the 88 mm KwK 36 L/56. KwK stood for Kampfwagenkanone, fighting vehicle canon. My cousin, who was often shelled by these during WWII often, admitted he admired how good a gun they were.