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Flak Scrapbook

88mm Flak gun  and crew with 2 more guns visible in the background

88 mm Flak gun  and crew with two more similar visible in the background

German anti aircraft artillery - Flak or Flugabwehrkanone - has been an interest of mine for a long time and I purchased a large selection of images many years ago from number of sources. Some of these are included in this scrap book. I do not class myself as an expert in the subject however. Both 103 and 576 Sqn will have consistently encountered these during their day and night WW2 operations

Luftwaffe controlled the bulk of German flak units from the 1930s. The smallest tactical unit of anti-aircraft artillery was a battery which usually consisted of four to six guns. The larger unit was a battalion consisting of three to five gun batteries and a searchlight battery. Battalions would be "light" (leichte), "mixed" (gemischte), or "heavy" (schwere), referring to the size of guns in their batteries. Flak guns in use were in two light calibres and three heavy calibres – light 20 mm and 37 mm and the heavy 88 mm, 105 mm, and 128 mm. The Germans also used various other types of similar weapons captured or commandeered from occupied countries to boost their own stocks. The battalions were organized into regiments, brigades, divisions and flak corps.

During WW2 attacks by RAF and later USAAF bombers on German cities led to increases in the number of flak units in Germany. Later in the war these units were reinforced by the use of German youths, male and female, too young for regular military service but quite adequate to train as auxiliaries.

I will add galleries and brief background info under each heading below in due course.

1/ Light Flak.

Machine guns and 20 mm auto-cannon

2/ Medium Flak

37 mm - 3.7 cm auto-cannon and similar

3/ Heavy Flak.

88 mm - 8.8 cm cannon upwards

4/ Searchlights

5/ Radar, Rangefinders and Controllers

6/ Flak Towers

7/ Flak miscellany


Flak and Searchlights Le Havre. Early 40s

Flak and Searchlights Le Havre. Early 40s



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1st June 2024 - RAF Bombsights

1st June 2024 - Armstrong NH Profile

1st June 2024 - Marsden JTA Profile

1st June 2024 - Flak Scrapbook

1st May 2024 - Fairey Battle Photo Gallery

1st May 2024 - Barratt Profile

1st May 2024 - Remy and Crew Profile

1st May 2024 - Breen Profile

* 1st April 2024 - 80 Wing

1st April 2024 - Shields Profile

1st April 2024 - Anderson Profile

1st April 2024 - Cavanagh Profile

* 1st March 2024 - Advanced Air Striking Force

1st March 2024 - Riches Profile

* 1st February 2024 - Kilvington Profile

1st February 2024 - Garton Profile

1st February 2024 - Holland Profile

* 1st January 2024 - Pamplin Profile

1st January 2024 - Milan - 24/25 October 1942

* 1st December 2023 - Photos of F/L Jacob t'Hart DFC and bar

1st December 2023 - Bremen – 2/3rd July 1942

1st December 2023 - Skinner Profile

* 1st November 2023 - Memoirs of F/L Jacob t'Hart DFC and bar

1st November 2023 - Mine laying Biarritz / Biscay coast - 21 November 1942

1st November 2023 - Billie - Lancaster - W4364 - 103 Squadron

1st November 2023 - Curtin Twins Profile

*1st October 2023 - Dusseldorf - 1 August 1942

1st October 2023 - RAF Usworth Photo Album - 103 Squadron Era 1937/38

1st October 2023 - Mills Profile

*1st September 2023 - Tilley Profile

1st September 2023 - Ostend docks and barges - 22 December 1940

* 1st August 2023 - Defensive Armament - 103 Squadron and 576 Squadron

1st August 2023 - Chesterton Profile

1st August 2023 - Targets in Holland - 21/22 July 1940

1st August 2023 - Numerous additions and updates throughout the site

*1st July 2023 - Armed Reconnaissance/Leaflet Raid – Koblenz area – 20/21 March 1940

1st July 2023 - Air Dropped Weapons Article

1st July 2023 - Knott Profile

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