Original German WWII 1944 Dated FlaK 88 Steel Shell Casing - 8.8cm Flak 18

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This shell casing is totally inert and deactivated following guidelines provided by the ATF. This example is offered in excellent condition with original markings.

The 8.8 cm Flak 18/36/37/41 is a German 88 mm anti-aircraft and anti-tank artillery gun from World War II. It was widely used by Germany throughout the war, and was one of the most recognized German weapons of that conflict. Development of the original model led to a wide variety of guns.

The name FlaK 88 applies to a series of related guns, the first one officially called the 8.8 cm Flak 18, the improved 8.8 cm Flak 36, and later the 8.8 cm Flak 37. Flak is a contraction of German Flugzeugabwehrkanone meaning "aircraft-defense cannon", the original purpose of the weapon. In English, "flak" became a generic term for ground anti-aircraft fire. In informal use, the guns were universally known as the Acht-acht ("eight-eight") by Germans and the "eighty-eight" by the Allies.

The versatile carriage allowed the 8.8 cm FlaK to be fired in a limited anti-tank mode when still on its wheels; it could be completely emplaced in only two and a half minutes. Its successful use as an improvised anti-tank gun led to the development of a tank gun based upon it: the 8.8 cm KwK 36, with the "KwK" abbreviation standing for Kampfwagen-Kanone (literally "battle vehicle cannon", or "fighting vehicle cannon"), meant to be placed in a gun turret as the tank's primary armament. This gun served as the main armament of the Tiger I heavy tank.

In addition to these Krupp designs, Rheinmetall later created a more powerful anti-aircraft gun, the 8.8 cm Flak 41, which was produced in relatively small numbers. Krupp responded with another prototype of the long-barreled 8.8 cm gun, which was further developed into the anti-tank and tank destroyer 8.8 cm PaK 43 gun used for the Elefant and Jagdpanther, and turret-mounted 8.8 cm KwK 43 heavy tank gun of the Tiger II.

This example is offered in very good condition, and measures approximately 22 1/2 inches tall. There is some light oxidation on the exterior, but otherwise it looks great. The bottom of the casing still has original markings, including three letter maker code ljy and a 44 date. Unfortunately there is no information on which maker "ljy" is, but it has been seen on other period examples. There is also an intact Waffenampt WaA145 stamp. The casing is also clearly marked:

8,8cm Flak 18
(8,8cm 30 St)

The central ignition fuse is also marked, but the markings are mostly unclear, except for a 1940 date. This would be perfect for anyone who has acquired an inert Flak projectile, but is lacking the shell casing. Ready to add to your collection and display!

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