The German 88 mm was by far the most famous and versatile artillery weapon of World War II. It was first used as an anti-aircraft weapon by the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War and saw further service in the German invasions of Poland and France, where it was first used in its anti-tank role. This role was particularly successful and the 88 became feared by tank crews from North Africa to Russia. Apart from these two main roles the 88 mm was used as the main weapon on late-war German tanks, as a self-propelled gun, and even as an aerial weapon. This book covers all these variants, explaining their design, development and operational use.
About the Author
John Norris was born and educated in Jersey, Channel Islands. On coming to England he joined the Grenadier Guards, serving for six years with the regiment. He has been writing for military journals for over 20 years and has written three books for Brasseys and one for Sutton Publishing. He curently writes for several magazines and serves as an expert tour guide for Midas tours and Experts in Travel Ltd.
Table of Contents
Introduction · Development · The next generation of flak guns · The self-propelled anti-aircraft guns · The Pak guns · The tank guns · The self-propelled units · Miscellaneous 88s · Bibliography · Colour plate commentary · Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was very disapointed in this book! I have twenty-two other Osprey books and this is the first one I was not happy with. The book was either poorly edited or is simply full of errors. For example the FlaK 41 is alternatly refered to as being L/71, L/72, and L/74! I've never seen the FlaK 41 called anything but L/71 so where did the L/72 and L/74 come from??? The book also mentions in passing a 8.8cm FlaK 38 but does not describe it. I've never seen a reference to a 8.8cm FlaK 38 before so I wonder is it a typo or a rare variant that they didn't bother to describe? The more I read the more I doubted the accuracy of the book. Hopefully they will clean it up and reprint it.