5 cm Flak 41 L/67 auf Sd.Kfz.7

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I would like to suggest the 5 cm Flak 41 L/67 auf Sd.Kfz. 7 as a potential sidegrade to the DB L 4500 A mit 5 cm Flak 41 L/67, it would be unarmored, except the 14,5 mm Gunshield and slower, but have other advantages in mobility such as offroad speed and turn cycle over the 4x4 Truck.
In game it would offer a heavy and powerfull full automatic AA gun platform that is even capable to shoot down the Pe-8 which can easily fly beyond the range of the 2 cm and 3,7 cm Flak guns in Ground RB.
It also would be the 3rd addition of Sd.Kfz.7 (armored and unarmored) to be equipped with a 2 cm Flakvierling 38, 3,7 cm Flak 36 L/57 or the 5 cm Flak 41 L/67. And could be placed at 2.7 like the swedish 40mm Bofors Truck.

History:
A single Sd.Kfz.7 was converted to be a mobile platform for the 5 cm Flak 41 L/67 (as apposed to the 5 and more build DB L 4500 A equipped with the same gun), but after tests proofed to be unsatosfactory as the power of the gun was too great and made the Sd.Kfz.7 an unstable fireing platform as well as the weight was considdered to big and overall a bit too small working space. (In comparison to the slightly bigger DB L 4500 A). And was later disassabled again.
It was also equipped with an rangefinder.

The Gun was a project starting in 1936 to create a full automatic heavy gun to take the place as an intermeadiat gun between the range of the 2 cm and 3,7 cm Flaks and the big 8,8 cm Flaks. Overall 60+ guns were build after showing interest by the german army around 1940 and 1941, with still 29 guns in january 1945. Proposals were send to Krupp, Gustloff, Mauser and Rheinmetall with specifications and in the end Rheinmetall won, however development was discontinued after spy activitys and warsituation. However development started again in 1945 with a new caliber of 5,5 cm to have a further increased payload. But that was allready too late in the war.

The Sd.Kfz.7 was the standart 8 ton half track vehicle used by the Wehrmacht in WW2 as troop and artillery tractor. It was developed befor WW2 to be the main arty tractor of the 8,8 cm Flak and 15 cm s.F.H 18. The contract was given to Heinrich Ernst Kniepkamp in 1926 and was part of a group of testing between german, american and english tractors over a period of 3 year with it winning the contract and only 30% more fuel consumtion over normal Trucks. After further development full production started in 1934.

Pictures of the Gun: (Click to show)

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The Gun:
5 cm Flak 41 L/67 -10° to +90° Elevation (14°/sec aced, no crew) 360° Traverse (24,5°/sec Aced no crew) Fire Rate: 130/180rpm loading from a horizontal Tray with 5 round frames (Rahmen) with space for 2, continual fire as long as there is ammo. Ammo Amount unknown, under the bench (like the in game Sd.Kfz.6/2 and on the loaders position)
Ammo: (Click on the names to show)

Pzgr. 42 (Apcbc) 2,23Kg 830m/s 17g Pent (28,9g) 113mm/10m

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Sprgr. 41 L`Spur. (He-T*) 2,195Kg 840m/s 90g Pent (153g)

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M-Gesch. L`Spur. m.Zerl. (HeI-T (M)*) 1,52Kg >=920m/s 335g HTA (420g)

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The Vehicle:
Sd.Kfz.7
Produced from 1938-1945 with over 12.000 build
Weight: 11,55 t (+1920 kg for the Gun)
Length / Width / Height: 6,85 m / 2,40 m / 2,62 m
Engine: Hl 62 TUK 140 Ps / 2600 RPM
Top speed: 50 km/h
Crew: 6

Source:
4402/4 Munition der 5 cm Flak 41
Munition der Flakartillerie
Handbuch der Flugzeugbordwaffenmunition 1936-1945
Panzer Tracts No. 22-4 Mittlere Zugkraftwagen 8t (Sd.Kfz.7)
Spielberger: Halbkettenfahrzeuge 1989

Inhaltswerte über Kraftfahrzeuge und Gerät


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+1 the 5cm flak needs to be added. Would be fun for killing tanks and planes

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Would love to see a vehicle, any vehicle, with the 50mm AA gun in the game.

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I have wanted the 5cm FlaK 41 in the game somehow for ages. I really hope this gets added. Are there other self-propelled mounts for it?

Well, there were at least 5 build on the DB L 4500 A. I allready made that suggestion some time ago as well

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+1

Either of them would be great to have.

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Would love to play this anti everything vehicle. +!

+1 would be epic to have. Especially if it could be placed in higher BR.

Footage of the 5 cm flak
https://youtube.com/shorts/Qt_LZ0bBTmg?si=mscqT_90Ph6dmQyb

+1