Three Stories of the Dreaded "88."

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Of all the German weapons of the second world war, perhaps none was more feared by allied troops than the dreaded “88.” The gun, of which tens of thousands were produced, and used on all fronts throughout the war, resulted in some particularly compelling stories. These are three accounts of the effectiveness of the 8.8 cm Flak that deserve to be remembered.
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  • As many viewers have noted, HEAT means High Explosive Antitank, not High Energy Antitank. I apologize for the error.

    The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedСарын өмнө
    • @Anon Ymous Absolutely. The main thing "couch experts" who compare combat vehicles by table characteristics forget is the economics. How suited is the vehicle for mass production? How suited is the vehicle for the industry that is supposed to mass produce it? For that matter, how suited is the vehicle for the crews that will be manning it? If all that is taken into consideration, if _suddenly_ appears that some mediocre tank is actually better than much more advanced models for fighting the real war. An outstanding example would be T-34.

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    • As to your last comment about industrial power - When it comes down to it, we won. And yes, our industrial might was a key factor. Case in point, the Sherman tank. It may not have been the best tank of the war, but we could build so many of them that we could overwhelm the Germans. I'm sure I will get the numbers wrong, but probably close enough: A German general bragged that it took a dozen Shermans to knock out a Panzer. To which another general said, "Yes, but the Americans can build 100 Shermans for every one of our Panzers." This article explains it better than I can:

      Anon YmousAnon YmousӨдрийн өмнө
    • Really good video, but it could have been longer as your narration is palatable, and easy to listen to.

      Cassie CraftCassie Craft13 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Boog Boog No, it is not. Explosion is a process of expansion of matter. It is usually caused by rapid highly concentrated release of energy. It is transferring energy over distance. But it _is not_ energy by itself.

      azgaroglyazgarogly20 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Don Le well if I Understood you correctly, Dive bombers main task isn't actually to kill Tanks, that would be better left to the Anti-Tank guns , it's more suppression and pinning the enemy forces down, the loud sirens also have an intimidating effect, But something they would really excel at is Bombing Enemy Artillery (stationary target), supply depots, Supply Convoys and the closest Airfields to destroy enemy planes on the Ground and perhaps also destroy the bomb or rocket stocks of those planes which are usually at the airfield

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  • There is also the fact the the 88 was so good that Germany mounted them on other platforms. And that made the production of one kind of shell for a lot of the German military.

    James BascombeJames Bascombe2 цагийн өмнө
  • Of all of the weapons of WWII... ...this is one of them.

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  • I thought the US 90mm AA gun was about on part with the 88.

    GD OlsonGD Olson10 цагийн өмнө
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  • The US had to fight a half a world away. So demands on our equipment were different than those of the other combatants who were fighting in their own backyards. We did not use armor like the Axis did either. Plus we did win. So there's that.

    Paul FrederickPaul FrederickӨдрийн өмнө
  • ...just a note there was a HUGE difference in performance of the L/56 and L/71 8.8 cm KwK which was a parallel design to the FLaK...

    Götterdämmerung -Götterdämmerung -Өдрийн өмнө
  • Thanks history guy. Happy to learn something new about the KV tanks today, cheers. Germanys high velocity weapons were next level plus lots more, simply outstanding. German quality metallurgy (nickel/steel) with a TNT propellant. The 88mm punched holes in tanks, now think what the 381mm / 15 inch version would do? Bismarck blew HMS Hood up with one shot to its magazine.

    Ripped HoffRipped HoffӨдрийн өмнө
  • My Grandpa commanded a Luftwaffe 88 unit in the british sector during 1944 - a tough year for each side - he mentioned that assisting Tiger Tank Crews looked pale and nervous from constant 70 mm sherman tank hits ... he had to leave his position after running out of ammo ...

    Martin GoetzMartin GoetzӨдрийн өмнө
  • “They were working with limited intelligence “, common malady.

    John OJohn O2 өдрийн өмнө
  • True that the Germans had better tanks and that the 88s were unmatched. They also had better crew served infantry machine guns. America, though, had the M2 (Browning 50 cal that is still used TODAY), a better battle rifle (M1 Garand), better sidearm (1911), better bombers, and a solid suite of fighter aircraft (P47, P51, P38). An important point is that America did not start the war, and did not want to be in the war, and as such, did not really tool up for an all out world war years ahead of when all of the equipment, vehicles, planes, ships etc. would be needed. I think considering the accelerated period during which the United States had to develop, build, and then ship not only all of these items, but all of the support mechanisms, ammunition etc., while at the same time providing something like 90% of all of the war material for all of the Allied countries, she did a pretty good job. Oh, and by the way, America was also fighting a totally separate war against the Japanese, pretty much on her own, at the same time. Just saying.

  • High [e]xplosive, not High "energy"

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  • Getmanys most important weapon

    22grena22grena5 өдрийн өмнө
  • I heard my uncle who was part of Patton's infantry said the Americans called the Sherman tanks,"Ronson's" because they burned up when hit... We just out produced the Axis with an avalanche of materiel'.. We would all be spesking German and Japanese if we,( Americans) didn't possess the resources we used to overwhelm and destroy those two evil regimes...🇺🇸🌹🌹🌹🌹🇺🇸

    Philip CallicoatPhilip Callicoat5 өдрийн өмнө
  • I read "Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans Von Luck" and it is a page turner and Operation Goodwood has a good chapter. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Second World War history and tank warfare. "Tigers in the Mud" by Otto Carius is another great read in regard the 88 mounted on mechanized artillery.

    Ian McCannIan McCann8 өдрийн өмнө
    • I've had a copy for a few years. It is an excellent read.

      Downunder RobDownunder Rob5 өдрийн өмнө
  • One of these is more a story of the dreaded KV-1 than the 88!

    BenjaminTheRogueBenjaminTheRogue8 өдрийн өмнө
  • I wonder what the barrel life was like? the higher the velocity of the shell, the more wear on the rifling. A .300WM is a very high velocity round. A match-grade barrel is good for about 1000 rounds. A .308 is basically the same caliber, but because of the lower velocity can handle 5k rounds minimum. Handgun barrels almost never wear out due to the much lower velocities.

    John DoeJohn Doe10 өдрийн өмнө
  • So why not simply capture one, ship it to America, and mass produce it?

    John DoeJohn Doe10 өдрийн өмнө
  • Best antitank gun ever.

    Oran CulpepperOran Culpepper11 өдрийн өмнө
  • Basically, WW II on the western front was about blocking traffic. Allied air power was insurmountable and led to what became a massacre, although the lily white American illusion factory would never admit it.

    Edward LobbEdward Lobb12 өдрийн өмнө
  • This guy is a fancy bull shitter probably educated at Harvard, that bastion of liberalism, bowtie and all...I'm out of here...come to Arkansas and live in the woods if you want to learn something...

    Dennis PfeiferDennis Pfeifer12 өдрийн өмнө
  • My Father served in WW2 with the Royal Canadian Air Force flying the Wellington Bomber, nicknamed the Whimpy by its air crews. Unfortunately there is surprisingly little information on the web concerning the achievements or the RCAF and the role the Wellington played in the war. Perhaps a topic you could touch on in the future? Like many soldiers of that era Dad rarely spoke of the war and even more rarely of his exploits. Thank you.

    Peter ClemensPeter Clemens13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Very enjoyable. But I would caution using von Luck as your only source. In a number of places in his book, he is prone to be more than a little creative....I've read that there is no record of those 88s being deployed where von Luck said they were...of course their placement might have been a last minute affair during a major operation.

    Julian MarshJulian Marsh14 өдрийн өмнө
    • @Julian Marsh there are other parts of his book that have also been questioned. It is a fair objection. There have been several who questioned the story of the 88s, but I am reasonably confident of the part included in the episode. But we only have Von Luck’s word on the part about threatening the battery officer with a pistol.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered14 өдрийн өмнө
    • @The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered I did not say it did not occur...only that von Luck is not the most reliable of sources.

      Julian MarshJulian Marsh14 өдрийн өмнө
    • While that is a subject of discussion, the most current thinking, represented by historian Robert Napier in 2015, is that the incident did occur, and that there is both photographic evidence of the 88s and that the account matches losses by the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry in Operation Goodwood.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered14 өдрийн өмнө
  • Yes the 88 was a truly "awe-inspiring "weapon however the british 3.7 inch gun was a better performer! outranging the 88 by @ 2000 yards/m with a capacity of 20 rounds a minute. with typical british stubborn army rigidity they reserved it to AA duties despite having been designed as a versatile gun it was never fully utilised but on the occasions it was it showed excellent performance the 88s setup time was much quicker than the 3.7 which was a real advantage to be able to withdraw smartly. Hitler made good use of captured 3.7s after the defeat of france . The huge advantage of captured artillery guns &factories gave the german war machine great temporary help!

    Richard BruceRichard Bruce15 өдрийн өмнө
  • Two stories for you. 1st, the reason the 88 was decided as the caliber, was that H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, thus each time the gun fired it said 88, short for Heil Hitler. 2nd, my father was Australian artillery, served in Africa and the Pacific, six years and for 5 of those years, in combat. Early in Africa, his 25 pounder wore out, they fought an 88 for the next 9 months until they got another 25 pounder. He and I were walking through a museum at East Point in the Northern Territory in 1989, to come across an 88, he looked and the serial numbers were his old gun. How it ended up back in Australia, let alone in Darwin, was a tale. Turned out someone had a bright idea and all the captured 88s were repurposed as AA and shipped back to Australia and used against Japanese aircraft for the remainder of the war. My father said the 88 would have been helpful (read bloody good) in New Guinea and Borneo. He was still fighting imperial (IJN) marines, 6 months after the war ended.

    Anthony BurkeAnthony Burke15 өдрийн өмнө
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    Ms DhoniMs Dhoni15 өдрийн өмнө
  • How can they shoot aircraft which is in the sky... With FLAK88??? because FLAK88 can only shot 1 at 1 time only...and they need to put the bullets inside...

    Mimin HangsingMimin Hangsing16 өдрийн өмнө
  • German tanks were always "Tigers," German opposition was always "SS," and German artillery was always "88s. "

    Dave BarrowcliffeDave Barrowcliffe16 өдрийн өмнө
  • yes whats annoying about this is shots of weapons firing which are NOT 88's

    Ken GlassonKen Glasson17 өдрийн өмнө
  • The “88” had such a long range, it could knock out enemy tanks without fear of return fire.

    Craig ClemensCraig Clemens17 өдрийн өмнө
  • What made the 88 so much more powerful than say the allied 90 mm in the tank destroyer?

    rick loganrick logan17 өдрийн өмнө
  • I just noticed he's got a TARDIS back there.

    VJacquetteVJacquette18 өдрийн өмнө
  • I just want to spend an hour in that room you're in. Checking out all those amazing artifacts!

    MojoPupMojoPup18 өдрийн өмнө
  • I have no idea of the truthfulness of this, BUT: An Australian Warrant Officer that had been stationed on one of the Pacific Islands told me of an American PT boat that had started its service life involved in the American invasion of North West Africa... The senior NCO on board somehow managed to "liberate" an 88mm Anti-Air field piece & mounted it on the stern of the PT... He also 'found' an ammo cache of about 500 rounds. When the boat was, shortly thereafter, reassigned to the Pacific he organised for the extra rounds (the boat could only carry about 50) to be shipped to their new duty station. Apparently some Japanese destroyers got a nasty shock when one of about 1/2 dozen PTs stood off and fired an incredibly powerful round into them (they were used to something like a .50cal or 13mm about 1/6th the size).

    EarlJohn61EarlJohn6119 өдрийн өмнө
  • Is the final quote supposed to indicate that the existence of the "88's" are evidence that America was not the world's greatest industrialized nation or something? Pathetic. Lol No disrespect for the 88's tho. Amazing weapon!

    Nick SchneiderNick Schneider19 өдрийн өмнө
  • begins at 2:45

    2bigbufords2bigbufords19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Man, you've got to stop that leaning back and forth thing. it's making me sick.

    RoadhazzardRoadhazzard19 өдрийн өмнө
  • It would really suck if this thing wasn’t a German weapon

    DragonBallZguy 6969DragonBallZguy 696920 өдрийн өмнө
  • Sorry, but I had to stop listening to this because your narrator sounded like he was a horse race commentator or an auctioneer. Slow down Buddy.

    Bob MathiesonBob Mathieson20 өдрийн өмнө
  • Do you have an episode covering Castle Bravo and Li7?

    Dick WilmotDick Wilmot21 өдрийн өмнө
  • Outstanding vid History Guy!

    Eargesplitten_LoudenboomerEargesplitten_Loudenboomer22 өдрийн өмнө
  • My dad, was in 141st INF REG. he fought in Italy, France, Belgium and Germany. Up against the 88. He said the Germans would fire the 88 at on man if they could. That poor bastards would be vaporized. A tribute to its accuracy.

    Anthony AgnoneAnthony Agnone23 өдрийн өмнө
  • SOOOO>>>> URA Natzy....right?

    SuperseanbarrySuperseanbarry23 өдрийн өмнө
  • In one of Bill Mauldin’s cartoons, Joe and Willie are at the desk of an S-2 clerk with a sign that says "PRISONER OF WAR INTERROGATOR" The caption reads, "I'll let ya know if I find the one wot invented th' 88."

    Scott EllsworthScott Ellsworth23 өдрийн өмнө
  • If History Guy ever want's to make a killing in merch alone, hoodies & Ts, as well as wall art, room dividers, rugs, and duvet covers, w/ blueprints of the dreaded 88, would sell out 40' containers all day long. They are truly, the bomb.

    caspar coastercaspar coaster24 өдрийн өмнө
  • The "greatest weapon of the war" was NOT the 88. It was the M1 Garand followed closely by "Ma Deuce." An 88 stood no chance against a well trained infantryman equipped with the M1. 'MERICA!'

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    Maureen RuizMaureen Ruiz26 өдрийн өмнө
  • Did anyone notice that the big green artillery shell moved from his left shoulder in one scene to his right shoulder later in the video? Great video by the way!

    dan duffydan duffy26 өдрийн өмнө
  • That monster looks like a Hans R. Giger creation of evil.

    Mike WallaceMike Wallace26 өдрийн өмнө
  • German Cannons are even used on American M1 Tanks . It’s a licensed built 120 mm gun from Rheinmetall.

    DJ MechDJ Mech27 өдрийн өмнө
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  • Operating ...with...LIMITED INTELLIGENCE .." = ' Not Much at All

    WAYNE SMITHWAYNE SMITH28 өдрийн өмнө
  • Does Magellan TV present unbiased documentaries? The reason I follow you is because you do not SLANT history to fit your perspective, or slant it to fit your world view...or bias it to push an agenda.

    QuantumRiftQuantumRift28 өдрийн өмнө
  • The shell behind you moved to one side, to make sure that you were reading the script correctly.

    B AB A29 өдрийн өмнө
  • In 'Casablanca' Rick (with Ilsa, in Paris) hears artillery fire and says "they sound like the new German 77s and judging by the sound about 35 miles away". The script originally referenced 88s but censors ordered this be changed so the Germans wouldn't find out that the Americans knew 88s were being used as artillery.

    Adrian BoothAdrian Booth29 өдрийн өмнө
  • My dad was a doctor. During WWII, he was the leader of what would in Korea be known as a MASH unit. They landed on Normandy about a week after D-Day and moved to their position right behind the lines. Their hospital setup consisted of 4 large tents set up in a square with each tent holding 4 operating tables. There was heave fighting in the area and they were very busy one afternoon with all operating tables in action. Suddenly, he heard what he described as "a truck passing overhead" and a loud thud that noticeably shook the ground. Apparently a German 88 shell landed right in the middle of the square of tents but it was a dud and didn't explode. If it had, I wouldn't be here to write this comment. The patients and medical personnel were quickly evacuated from the tents, many of the doctors having to hold the patients organs in their hands as they were moved to safety.

    Al CelayaAl Celaya29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Your audio on this video isn’t right - seems like a 🎤 issue - tinny - might be fixable with an EQ

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  • Enjoyed the video

    George DistelGeorge Distel29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Good piece, but one small correction: it’s Hans von Luck, pronounced “Look”.

    mebsreamebsrea29 өдрийн өмнө
  • The Nazis LOST. LOST. LOST. Their country left in ruins, millions dead. Despite all of their "supermen" and "super weapons." They LOST. LOST. Don't lose sight of that reality. They LOST. As those murderers so richly deserved.

    Josh DrexlerJosh Drexler29 өдрийн өмнө
  • If you listen to very many audiobooks, you will find this guy's voice, enunciation and delivery to be excruciatingly annoying. Painful, actually. An unpleasant voice cannot be made more palatable by amping up the volume and emotion. The information is interesting nonetheless.

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  • Jesus! A three-minute commercial up front? C'mon!

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  • DEOCH he knew something 4,10

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  • The History Guy The teachers union needs to the taught by the History Guy. Because they are communist.

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  • Count the rings on the tube. On the Eastern front, the rings had to be rethought for space. T34 was a slice of cheese.

    John ThompsonJohn ThompsonСарын өмнө
  • B24s were limited on armed cruise altitudes. The 88 wasn't limited. Fast Loading.Firing.Killing Machine.

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  • Magellan TV is a waste of money. Save your money and go to library or check other videos on MNthe.

    Paul SmithPaul SmithСарын өмнө
  • That's why, I say boy's, " make mine an 88".

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    Robin CrossRobin CrossСарын өмнө
  • I played WWII online a long time ago and used a double account to tow my own 88. I saw on the chat that a huge force of French tanks were headed to a town. The allies had spend days planning and hours bringing in armor from far away towns to mass together for a rolling onslaught. So I spawned in and towed my 88 to a hill, about 1km from the town they were headed to. Players were yelling at me that I was going the wrong way with the valuable 88. I got cursed at, got accused of being a spy and towing the gun away to leave the town defenseless. When what was left of the allied tank wave hit the ridge, they were about 2.5km away from me. Fortunately for me, they stopped and I am guessing regrouping. They should have waited on the reverse slope. I picked them off, one by one. I think six all together, including a couple of the Char1bis. They spotted me too and tried to lob rounds at me. I lost my 88 gunner but could still hook up to my Sd.Kfz 7. I made it back to the town and despawned for the kill credits.

    Brad M.Brad M.Сарын өмнө
  • Mr. Geiger, have you done a history of petroleum or oil production? That would be a cool episode. I know it is a lot of information to cover. But still would be really cool. BTW, love your channel and your "quick snippets" of History! Thanks for educating us.

    Doug CarlsonDoug CarlsonСарын өмнө
  • A large number of the 88s were captured by the Soviets at the end of WW2 and later given to the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. This weapon was responsible for downing hundreds of US aircrafts during the war as well as doing untold damages to the ground forces. An excellent weapon nevertheless, too bad it's in the wrong hand.

    Van3560Van3560Сарын өмнө
  • 5:49, you're welcome.

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  • skip to 2:45 to avoid the bullshit

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  • During WW2 my dad thought it would be much safer being in an armored division than being exposed and vulnerable in the infantry. When he arrived at Ft. Knox the first thing he saw was a Sherman tank on display which had been shot by a German 88. He said it looked like a beer can which had been shot by a .22 rifle. The message was clear; avoid the 88s!

    Dale FryDale FryСарын өмнө
  • In an issue of a scale modeling magazine there was a diorama built showing the battle of Halfaya Pass in North Africa in which the German 88's were dug in at ground level with the sun at their back while the British tanks were advancing into it and afterwards the British tankers referred to it as " Hell Fire Pass " . I had a copy of the magazine in the late 1960's .

    Dennis MitchellDennis MitchellСарын өмнө
  • EXCELLENT VIDEO!! 🤟😎🤟🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    Jordan CunananJordan CunananСарын өмнө
  • I used to drive with a man that now a hundred years old and he flew in the bombers over Germany as he was sitting in the back of the plane one day going over Germany he just moved just in time when a German 88 came right up to the Box he was sitting on and a round came through the bottom right through the top amazing.

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  • Missing a story from the Afrika Korps here

    Mads Gellert MadsenMads Gellert MadsenСарын өмнө
    • Missing hundreds of stories. The intent was not to attempt to tell every story of the use of the weapon.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedСарын өмнө
  • Great video, the Flak 88 been one of my favorite weapons of all time,thankyou

    Acid4BloodAcid4BloodСарын өмнө
  • 1320-1340: That's one ballsy Wehrmacht ground commander. "I'm from the Luftwaffe...killing tanks is your job." Von Lucht's response: "Either You're killing tanks and earning medals, or you're a dead man." That's a statement from a warrior! Although I'm an American whose Grandfather fought on the other side...I salute you sir!

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  • That's an 88mm round behind him looks like

    Justin BerrymanJustin BerrymanСарын өмнө
    • Correct, although not a real one. It is an inflatable from The Tank Museum.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedСарын өмнө
  • My Grandfather and Great uncle fought in France and of the very few things either would talk about was the unique sound of the 88. 30 year after the fact Uncle Al (Cross of Lorraine Div) got goosebumps remembering the sound and fury of those guns. Thank you for yet another piece of history that deserves to be remembered.

    J SullivanJ SullivanСарын өмнө
    • My great uncle fought (& died) in France... He's still there, somewhere!

      EarlJohn61EarlJohn6119 өдрийн өмнө
  • And why didn't we try to copy and and create a similar weapon to counteract this gun? No time? All caught up with making the Sherman? Probably a lot of things along with politics.

    grassroot011grassroot011Сарын өмнө
    • That is an interesting question, especially given that the allies had AA guns of similar muzzle velocity, and simply never made the modifications that would have allowed them to be as effective in the anti-tank role as the 8.8. The answer is likely partly because it takes years to develop a new weapon system, and partly because the allies were largely on offensive after 1941, where towed guns such as the 8.8 were less useful. More effective anti-tank guns continued to be developed throughout the war, notably the excellent British 17 lbr, giving less imperative to copy the 8.8.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedСарын өмнө
  • Also the venerable MG 43, Brrrraapp, frightening fo sho.

    grassroot011grassroot011Сарын өмнө
  • They weren’t MK1 OR MK2 tanks. They were MK1&2 INFANTRY tanks.

    Ignatios NelsonIgnatios NelsonСарын өмнө
  • My father's tank came under fire from an 88. A round sawed the observer in half dropping the observer's lower half into my father's lap.

    Chris GautzChris GautzСарын өмнө
  • Slow down!

    Dr. Gary HatcherDr. Gary HatcherСарын өмнө
  • yes so much yes

    heavy anonheavy anonСарын өмнө
  • Seems like this video was 3/5 th's about German 88's and 2/5 th's about the soviet tank. Sorry haha I'm a high school math teacher, my students just did a paper on a scientist, physicists or mathematician of their choice and how it effected the world around them. Its sad how many choose Werner Heisenberg because drugs are cool... But getting off topic myself I just can't turn off my grading/critical analysis after reading 120ish papers. Great info I would love to teach them about ballistics, lt's a great way to combine math and destruction (something they would find interesting). That way they could be tricked into learning and I have always found the 88's interesting so using that round would be really cool. It is however difficult to find those specifics.

    KrunKmaster EKrunKmaster EСарын өмнө
  • Too much selling Magellan.

    Greg WarnerGreg WarnerСарын өмнө
  • Many years ago I heard that General Kleist when questioned about the 88 and it's effect made the comment..."Yes we have the 88 Flak Gun and made it a General Purpose Gun but you have the 1155mm self propelled cannon and we wished we had that as well."

    Ted GuarinoTed GuarinoСарын өмнө
  • You neglected to mention that the German 88s were also used as deck guns on german U-boats.

    Mike AntidormiMike AntidormiСарын өмнө
    • Different gun, different ammunition. I recall the 8,8cm. _SK C/30_ used on sub chasers and small patrol craft like Vorpostenboot did use the same ammunition, but not the _SK C/35_ found on subs, or the _SK C/32_ found on light cruisers.

      Nathan PetersonNathan PetersonСарын өмнө
  • Episode on zeiss optics?

    James HammonsJames HammonsСарын өмнө
  • The British had the 25 pounder which was an extremely effective anti-tank weapon! My father could never understand why the British Military never adapted this artillery piece on Tanks, like the Nazis did with the 88, an anti-aircraft weapon, originally!

    gerald honegerald honeСарын өмнө
    • I had read that the 25 pdr could snap off 8 rds in a minute which is impressive for semi fixed ammo. The sustained rate of fire is 3 rds per min. which is probably due to not having enough metal mass to prevent overheating.

      Ted KrasickiTed Krasicki28 өдрийн өмнө
    • I meant fitting it to Tanks, like the German military did! It would have knocked down any enemy tank!

      gerald honegerald honeСарын өмнө
    • The 25 lbr was pressed into service as very effective anti-tank gun in North Africa

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedСарын өмнө
  • are there any videos left on this garbage site that are not infested with fucking adverts ? - just when you think you've scrolled past it, he's at it again ! STUFF MAGELLAN UP YOUR ARSE

    sockington1sockington1Сарын өмнө
  • After French campaign you jumped into Operation Barbarossa, without going into Yogoslav, Greek campaign and arrival of German Africa corps in Tripoli.. 😐

    Tamzid KarimTamzid KarimСарын өмнө