8.8cm FlaK

A group of Soldiers stand in front of a 88 mm anti-aircraft and anti-tank artillery gun

They were widely used throughout the war, and could be found on almost every battlefield. Developments of the original models led to a wide variety of guns.

The name applies to a series of anti-aircraft guns officially called the 8,8 cm FlaK 18, 36 or 37. FlaK is a German contraction of Flugzeugabwehr-Kanone or Flugabwehr-Kanone (hence the capital K) meaning anti-aircraft gun, the original purpose of the eighty-eight.