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8.8cm Flak 18 auf Zugkraftwagen 12t

Following up my post yesterday to the US self-propelled anti-tank vehicle, the M56 Scorpion is another post on a self-propelled anti-tank vehicle. I chose this vehicle to discuss because it is somewhat obscure; the vehicle in question is the German, 8.8cm Flak 18 (Sfl) auf Zugkraftwagen 12t. I stumbled onto this vehicle while reading one of several used books I got at the gift shop at the Texas Military Forces Museum. The book is called Blitzkrieg: Armour Camouflage and Markings, 1939-1940 by Steven J. Zaloga. The 8.8cm Flak 18 (Sfl) auf Zugkraftwagen 12t is an 8.8cm Flak 18 cannon (main armament) mounted to a Zugkraftwagen 12t vehicle in an anti-tank role. Only 10 of these were made and they saw action in the campaigns in Poland and in France. Curiously, this self-propelled anti-tank gun saw action at the beginning of the war at a time which mainstream German anti-tank systems fielded main armaments inferior to the 8.8cm on this vehicle; in fact, it wasn’t until later in the war that this gun would be married to tanks and self-propelled anti-tank vehicles.

The M56 Scorpion

I recently bought a lot off eBay of tank models. Included was an odd piece I couldn’t identify; and I eventually passed it off as more fantasy and fun than fact. While at the Texas Military Forces Museum I was surprised to stumble onto this vehicle; it was the M56 Scorpion. I have attached to this post pictures of both the actual vehicle and the model I have; the model was in very poor shape when I received it and I was able to reassemble what I have. What threw me off about the model was the scale; but the real vehicle matches and to be clear this vehicle is small compared to the other AFVs on the lot. The M56 is a self-propelled anti-tank gun and it was built through the 1950s. It is armed with a 90mm M54 gun. This vehicle weights 8 tons (7.1 tonnes). The vehicle served during the Vietnam War but not during the Korean War having been first built the year that war ended in an Armistice.

 

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