10.5cm FlaK39 Railway Car
includes one 10.5cm Flak39 Railway car with one 10.5cm Flak39 gun and 10 crew figures.
The 10.5cm Flak39 was the standard German heavy anti-aircraft weapon. While this was its primary use, like the famous 'Eighty-eight', the 10.cm FlaK gun was also provided with anti-tank sights and APC shells. Designed and built by Rheinmetall, it ws produced in both static and mobile versions and was also mounted on railed vehicles.
In many parts of Germany mobile FlaK units were employed with guns on railway mounts. They could be equipped with any of the following calibres: 20mm (single or four-barrelled), 37mm, 75mm, 88mm, or 105mm. These units moved from place to place in special FlaK trains, with their own living and kitchen accommodations. The width of the broad-type heavy FlaK cars was extended with a folding flap, allowing crews space to operate the guns effectively. The heavy guns were not generally fired on the move. On arrival at their destination the trains were broken up, and the guns and equipment sited on sidings.
Considerable reliance was placed by the Germans on these railway FlaK units as a means of providing rapid reinforcement to threatened areas. Frequently railway was moved to ground defence areas after a heavy air attack, in the expectation of further attacks on subsequent nights. Instances were also reported of the employment of railway FlaK at objectives where, for reasons of expediency, no permanent FlaK protection was provided. Apart from the reinforcement of ground defence areas, railway FlaK units were used, especially in theatres of active operations, for mobile protection of railway communications, as stations, junctions, loading bays, and sidings were particularly vulnerable to low-flying attack.
Railway guns are mounted on railway cars, and are set-up in a positions to cover it with anti-aircraft fire. It is only through desperation as a last line of defence that they fire on ground Targets.
Railway Gun teams are Gun Teams.
Railway Gun cannot be towed by any form of vehicle.
Railway Gun cannot be dug-in.
Railway gun with multiple weapons is a single team. It retains the ROF for each weapon when shooting and does not reduce its ROF for having multiple weapons.
Concealed in the Rail Yard
FlaK guns on railway cars were often mixed in with the other rolling stock in the rail yard or station they were deployed in. This meant they were only noticed when they began to fire on the approaching enemy.
An enemy team must be within 16”/40cm of a team from a Luftwaffe Railway Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon that has not shot during the game, in order to shoot at, or allocate hits to, it. An enemy Observer team must be within 16”/40cm of a team from a Luftwaffe Railway Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon that has not shot during the game, to target it with an Artillery Bombardment.
Area Air Defence
Railway FlaK-Regiments are not tactically mobile and are usually moved into position sometime before the battle, to cover a location with anti-aircraft fire.
Luftwaffe Light Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons, Luftwaffe Heavy Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons, and Luftwaffe Railway Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons, always begin the game on the table. Ignore all Luftwaffe Light Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons, Luftwaffe Heavy Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons, and Luftwaffe Railway Anti-aircraft Gun Platoons in your force when determining how many platoons to be held in Reserve.
The Twin 8.8cm FlaK39 Railway Car in Flames of War
10.5cm FlaK39 gun
Rate of Fire: 1
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