The Flak 38 (German: Flugabwehrkanone 38; English: Anti-aircraft gun 38) was a German anti-aircraft gun designed in the late 1930s by Rheinmetall. It was an improved version of the FlaK 30 (itself based off the Swiss Solothurn ST-5), with a vast increase in its rate of fire from 120 RPM to 220 RPM. It fired 20mmx138mm B rounds and was the primary German anti-aircraft gun used during World War II.
In Battlefield 1942, the Flak 38 is the Axis forces' anti-aircraft gun, issued to the Wehrmacht, Afrika Korps and Imperial Japanese Navy, as well as to the Royal Italian Army in The Road to Rome and to the Waffen-SS in Secret Weapons of WWII.
As its role suggests, it is intended to be used against enemy aircraft as is quite effective at taking down targets at close to medium range. It has generally bad accuracy, though its rounds explode once they're near a target and still deal damage. At close range, the shots fire slightly to the left of the weapon's aim point.
The Flak 38 can also damage ground vehicles, even tanks, and to a relatively effective extent, though the main problem is to have an angle at which the Flak 38 can hit these vehicles, as it cannot aim under a 0° angle.
It is the equivalent of the Allies' 40mm Bofors.
- Battle of Britain
- Wake Island
- Battle of Midway
- Iwo Jima
- Operation Battleaxe
- El Alamein
- Invasion of the Philippines
Anti-Air guns are weak against enemy infantry, only dealing 1 or 2 damage per shot. Despite this, the will move enemy infantry back and affect weapon aiming.
The Flak 38 appears at various points throughout the singleplayer War Stories, most prominently during Under No Flag as the player must destroy enemy Stuka aircraft in all three acts. The weapon can also be found in the second act of The Last Tiger, where it must be commandeered from US Army troops in order to shoot down three attacking Mosquito Mk IIs.
Compared to the 40mm gun, the Flak 38 has a much higher rate of fire at around 240 RPM, and as such is more able to hit fast moving targets, at the cost of reduced impact and airburst damage upon a hit. It can kill an infantry player in three hits if the shell directly impacts the body, and does very little damage to tanks and heavy armored vehicles. The weapon overheats after about seven seconds of sustained automatic fire.
Both stationary and mobile versions of the Flak 38 are available. In the former case, the gun appears as either pre-built or buildable by Support players using the Fortifications system at specific positions around the map. They can also be repaired or entirely rebuilt if destroyed. Mobile Flak 38s usually spawn in deployment points or flags, and can be towed into firing positions by vehicles.