Flakpanzer I (Sd.Kfz 101)

Flakpanzer I (Sd.Kfz 101)
Image: Flakpanzer I (Aviarmor)
Vehicle TypeLight Anti-Aircraft Tank
Origin & DesignerGermany/Daimler-Benz, Henschel, Krupp-Gruson, MAN & Wegmann
Numbers Produced24
CrewCrew: 5 (Commander, 2 x Gunners, Loader & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 20mm L/65 Flak 38
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-20° to +90°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse360°
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightFlakviser 38
Secondary Armament[@secondary_armament]
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried[@ammunition_carried]
Combat Weight5.500 kg
Ground Clearance0.29m
Fording Depth0.58m
Trench Crossing1.40m
Obstacle Clearance0.36m
Climbing Ability30°
ArmourHull Front: 13mm
Hull Sides: 13mm
Hull Rear: 13mm
Hull Top: 6mm
Hull Bottom: 6mm
Gun Shields: 8mm
EngineMaybach NL 38TR (Petrol)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range170km
Maximum Cross Country Range151 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed18 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Flakpanzer I was an early attempt to mount a light anti-aircraft gun on a tank chassis. The vehicle chosen was the Panzer Mk. I and it had various modifications made to the superstructure to allow for the gun and crew. A limited supply of ammunition was stored inside the vehicle, but a trailer was added to carry spare ammunition and gun barrels. The main armament was the 20mm FlaK 38 with a 360° traverse and this mounted a splinter shield and side plates which could be folded down to act as a gun platform. Not many were produced and all served on the eastern front with the 614th motorised flak battalion.