Selbstfahrlafette auf Fahrgestell VOMAG 7 OR 660 mit 8,8 cm Flak






The VOMAG three axles low floor chassis had been developed as bus and heavy lorry chassis in the 1930s. Presumably early in 1940, 21 to 24 vehicles were manufactured as Selbstfahrlafette – self-propelled guns - and as Flakmesstruppkraftwagen – anti aircraft survey party motor vehicles. This Selbstfahrlafette VOMAG was photographed during combat by night.






Vomag 7 OR 660 mit 8,8cm-Flak 18 (Sf), Sammlung Hoppe



The Selbstfahrlafetten VOMAG were in use exclusive by 1. Bataillon of Flak Regiment 42. Note the initial camouflage coat of dark-grey and dark-brown and the unit sign. The guns received an armoured shield later in the war.









The ammunition box at the rear contained 72 rounds and was slightly armoured. The four supports were used for stabilisation during combat. This Selbstfahrlafette VOMAG was photographed during gunnery drill. Note the opened ammunition boxes. In the foreground, further ammunition is stored in ammunition baskets.









This Selbstfahrlafette VOMAG is a Flakmesstruppkraftwagen. Both, the Kommandogerät 36 (Kdo. Ger. 36) – command device 36, a ballistic director – and the Kommandohilfsgerät 35 (Kdo. Hi. Ger. 35) – command auxiliary equipment 35 – were stored on the Flakmesstruppkraftwagen.









This Flakmesstruppkraftwagen on VOMAG 7 OR 660 chassis was photographed in the firing position near Leipzig on 26th June 1943. Clearly visible is that the Kommandogerät is a Kommandogerät 40 (Kdo. Ger. 40). This ballistic director brought some improvements. Because of extensive automation, sources of error could be eliminated and the number of crewman could be halved.






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