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FlaK 38 IRL

Germans using a Flak 38 c. summer 1943

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.

The Flak 38 appears in Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield V. A stylized Flak 38 appears in Battlefield Heroes as the Royal Tank.

Battlefield 1942

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.



Battlefield Heroes

Anti-Air Guns are stationary emplacements featured in Battlefield Heroes. They are available on all maps featuring Planes

They are very effective against enemy aircraft and can quickly deal out very high damage. They can also be used to damage Tanks and Jeeps if their arc of fire allows it.

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.


Battlefield V

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The Flak 38 is a stationary weapon featured in Battlefield V, and was first seen being towed by a Valentine tank in the Battlefield 5 Official Reveal Trailer. Flak 38 positions can be built as part of the Fortification mechanic introduced in the title.


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