Russian antiaircraft guns
According История на зенитната артилерия… , p.
By spring 1915 German Army begun to use anti-aircraft artillery converted from captured guns.
The French 75mm M. 1897, the standard gun of French field artillery, had its barrels rebored by Krupp to 77mm in order to take German standard 77mm ammunition and became 7,7cm Bak L/35. Until the end of the war more than 400 of these guns served with German Army. BaK batteries using this gun were furnished with all captured French equipment, including limbers and caissons. The system served in all theatres, and remained in use throughout the war.
happened with the 76.2mm Putilov M.
1900 and M. 1902 field guns. Russian guns
could not be rebored due to the brittle barrels, so they kept their 76.2mm
calibre, and when the captured ammunition had been used up, new replacements
were manufactured in
7,62cm Ortfeste Flak L/30 (russ 02) : 220 guns manufactured by Rheinmetall;
7,62cm Wagenflak L/30 (russ 02) : 28 guns manufactured by Rheinmetall;
7,62cm Eisenbahnflak L/30 (russ 02) : a few guns manufactured by Rheinmetall at the beginning of 1915;
7,62cm Räderflak L/30 (russ 00) : 60 guns manufactured by Krupp between December 1916 and March 1917;
7,62cm Räderflak L/30 (russ 02) : 120 guns manufactured by Krupp between March and June 1917;
7,62cm Sockelflak L/30 (russ 02) : 120 guns manufactured by Krupp between December 1917 and March 1918;
7,62cm Ortfeste Flak L/30 : 48 guns manufactured by Krupp in late 1918;
7,62cm Raupenflak (russ 02) : 4 trucks with two guns each manufactured by Krupp in 1918.
What kind of
Russian Flak did
In order to
learn the use of the 76.2mm anti-aircraft guns given by German Army, from 29
April to 25 May 1917, the commander of 2nd and 3rd a/a batteries
- Lt. Stefan Oreshkov and Cpt. Bogdan Bonev - who spoke German and French,
attended a course at Blankenberg (