|8.8cm FlaK18 Sfl Tank-hunter (MM11)|
When it looked like Germany might soon be at war with Czechoslovakia in 1938, the high command ordered that ten 8.8cm FlaK18 anti-aircraft guns should be modified for use against the fortified positions on the Czech border. War was avoided, but the need remained and ten 8.8cm FlaK18 anti-aircraft guns were mounted on Daimler-Benz DB10 12 tonne half-tracks.
|The resulting 8.8cm FlaK18 (Sfl) auf Zugkraftwagen 12t was fitted with a low armoured cab and a small armoured cupola for the driver that allowed the gun to be fired to the front. The gun was mounted on a simple platform over the tracks. Known as the ‘Bufla’ or ‘Bunkerflak’, this self-propelled mount was equally useful against fortifications and heavy tanks.|
|8.8cm FlaK18 Sfl Specifications|
|Hypothetical Combat Service|
The 8.8cm FlaK18 (Sfl) auf Zugkraftwagen 12t were issued to the 8. Schwere Panzerjagerabteilung and were used in action in Poland in 1939 and France with 1. and 2. Panzer Divisions in 1940. They fought French tanks (including the heavy Char B) on several occasions, losing two vehicles in the process.
|8. Schwere Panzerjagerabteilung was attached to the XXXIX Armeekorps for the invasion of Russia. In mid-1942 the four surviving vehicles joined 521. Schwere Panzerjagerabteilung and fought in the Caucasus alongside the Dicker Max and the two Sturer Emil heavy tank-hunters.|
|In Flames Of War|
The Bunkerflak mounted a standard 8.8cm FlaK18 gun on an armoured self-propelled mounting. It retained the large crew required to operate the big gun at its maximum performance. The crews were trained to use their weapon’s outstanding accuracy to engage enemy bunkers.
ROF 3; Anti-tank 13; Firepower 3+
Front 1; Side 0; Top 0
The 8.8cm FlaK18 Sfl tank-hunter combines the range and power of the quick-firing 8.8cm with a mobile armoured chassis.
The 8.8cm FlaK18 Sfl ‘Bufla’ was designed to suppress bunkers from outside the range of the defenders’ weapons. The crews were well-trained in identifying and locating bunkers and hitting their firing slits to force the defenders to take cover.
8.8cm FlaK18 Sfl self-propelled guns can shoot at bunkers up to 24”/60cm away rather than the normal 16”/40cm limitation.
Design by Evan Allen
Painted by Jeremy Painter