By John Norris, Mike Fuller
The German 88 mm was once by means of a long way the main well-known and flexible artillery weapon of global battle II. It was once first used as an anti-aircraft weapon by way of the Condor Legion throughout the Spanish Civil battle and observed extra provider within the German invasions of Poland and France, the place it was once first utilized in its anti-tank position. This position used to be relatively profitable and the 88 turned feared via tank crews from North Africa to Russia. except those major roles the 88 mm used to be used because the major weapon on late-war German tanks, as a self-propelled gun, or even as an aerial weapon. This booklet covers some of these versions, explaining their layout, improvement and operational use.
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The German 88 mm used to be through some distance the main recognized and flexible artillery weapon of worldwide warfare II. It was once first used as an anti-aircraft weapon via the Condor Legion in the course of the Spanish Civil battle and observed additional carrier within the German invasions of Poland and France, the place it used to be first utilized in its anti-tank position.
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88mm Flak by John Norris, Mike Fuller