By John Norris, Mike Fuller
The German 88 mm used to be through a long way the main recognized and flexible artillery weapon of global struggle II. It was once first used as an anti-aircraft weapon by means of the Condor Legion in the course of the Spanish Civil conflict and observed extra provider within the German invasions of Poland and France, the place it was once first utilized in its anti-tank function. This function was once rather profitable and the 88 grew to become feared through tank crews from North Africa to Russia. except those major roles the 88 mm was once used because the major weapon on late-war German tanks, as a self-propelled gun, or even as an aerial weapon. This ebook covers these kind of variations, explaining their layout, improvement and operational use.
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