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TM E9-369A: German 88-mm Antiaircraft Gun Materiel
Technical Manual, War Department, June 29, 1943
[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from a WWII U.S. War Department Technical Manual. As with all manuals, the text may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the contents of the original technical manual. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


INDEX

A
Aiming circle        
   care and preservation154
   description of components144-149
   operation149-150
   test and adjustments150-154
Ammunition
   authorized rounds87
   care, handling and preservation103
   classification86
   description of rounds87-100
   field report of accidents103-104
   firing cables86
   German abbreviations and terminology of ammunition items104-108
   packing100-102
   interchangeability of ammunition items102
   precautions in handling captured ammunition102-103
   preparation for firing87
   tropical ammunition102
Angle of site mechanism110
Assembly of breech mechanism and breech actuating mechanism85
Authorized rounds of ammunition87
Auxiliary director 35
   description133
   operation133-138
Azimuth and elevation indicators
   description138-140
   operation140
Azimuth tracker, operation129
 
B
Battery commander's telescope
   care and preservation162
   description157
   operation157-162
   test and adjustments162
Bogies
   description and functioning39
   inspection and adjustment74
Bore sighting117-118
Bottom carriage, description and functioning23-26
Brakes, inspection and adjustment74-75
Breech actuating mechanism, disassembly85
Breech mechanism
   assembly85
   care and preservation64
   description and functioning12-16
   disassembly79
   inspection and adjustment71
   lubrication64
   operation55-57
 
C
Care and preservation
   aiming circle154
   ammunition103
   battery commander's telescope162
   filling and charging
      rammer cylinder69
      recuperator cylinder67
   filling the recoil cylinder67-69
   fire control equipment164-165
   general64
   mount64
   range finder model 34154
   recoil liquid67
Characteristics of gun and mount4
Classification of ammunition86
Conversion tables176-177
Cradle, description and functioning38
 
D
Data
   essential translations8
   gun4-5
   mount6-8
   recoil mechanism5-6
Deflection mechanism, description110
Description (See also Description and functioning)
   aiming circle components144-149
   auxiliary director 35133
   azimuth and elevation indicators138-140
   battery commander's telescope157
   fuze setter142
   fuzes91-100
   panoramic telescope 32119-120
   range finder model 34154
   rounds
      fuzes91-100
      general discussion of87-89
      identification89
Description and functioning
   breech mechanism12-16
   firing mechanism16-19
   gun9-12
   mount
      bogies39
      bottom carriage23-26
      cradle38
      elevating mechanism38-39
      equilibrators38
      leveling jacks26
      pedestal32-33
      rammer40-41
      side outriggers26
      top carriage33-38
      top carriage leveling mechanism32
      traversing mechanism38
   recoil mechanism
      recoil cylinder21-22
      recuperator cylinder20-21
Direct fire operation118
Director, description128
Disassembly
   breech actuating mechanism85
   breech mechanism79-83
 
E
Elbow telescope, description110
Elevating mechanism
   description and functioning38-39
   inspection and adjustment71-72
Elevating the gun55
Elevation quadrant, description113-117
Elevation tracker, operation129
Equilibrators
   description and functioning38
   inspection and adjustment75
 
F
Field report of ammunition accidents103-104
Filling recuperator cylinder67
Fire control equipment
   aiming circle144-154
   auxiliary director 35133-138
   azimuth and elevation indicators138-140
   battery commander's telescope157-162
   care and preservation164-165
   components119
   fuze setter142
   on-carriage wiring144
   panoramic telescope 32119-120
   plotting rules157
   range finder model 34154
   stereoscopic director 36125-133
   surveying rod157
Firing
   points to observe before57
   points to observe during58
Firing mechanism
   care and preservation64
   description and functioning16-19
   inspection and adjustment71
Firing position, placing gun in4355
Firing tables
   conversion tables176-177
   8.8 cm FLAK 18 and 35 with 8.8 cm AP shell with base fuze174-175
   8.8 cm FLAK 18 and 36 with 8.8 cm H.E. Shell L/4.5 (Kz) with 23/28167-173
Firing the gun5859
Fuze setters, description and operation142
 
G
German abbreviations and terminology of ammunition items
   abbreviations104-105
      German explosives108
   glossary106-107
   index numbers on German shell107
Gun
   care and preservation64
   characteristics4
   data4-5
   description and functioning9-12
   inspection and adjustment70
   malfunctions and corrections7677
   operation4360
 
H
Hand brakes, inspection and adjustment75
 
I
Inspection and adjustment
   bogies74
   brakes74-75
   breech mechanism71
   elevating mechanism71-72
   equilibrators75
   firing mechanism71
   gun70
   mount74
   rammer assembly73-74
   recoil and recuperator mechanism72-73
   traversing mechanism71
Interchangeability of ammunition items102
 
L
Leveling jacks, description and functioning26
Loading the gun58
Lubricants, care and preservation165
Lubrication
   breech mechanism64
   gun before firing57
Lubrication guide61
 
M
Malfunctions and corrections
   gun76-77
   mount77-78
Manual cocking of percussion mechanism17-18
Mount, gun, antiaircraft, 88-mm
   care and preservation64
   characteristics4
   data6-8
   inspection and adjustment74
   malfunctions and corrections77-78
   operation43-60
 
O
Oilholes, painting61
Operation
   aiming circle149-150
   azimuth and elevation indicators140
   auxiliary director 35133138
   battery commander's telescope157-162
   breech mechanism55-57
   elevating gun55
   firing gun58-59
   fuze setter142
   loading the gun58
   placing gun in firing position43-55
   placing in traveling position59-60
   points to observe before firing57
   points to observe during firing58
   recocking59
   stereoscopic director129-132
   telescopic sight117-118
   traversing the gun55
Optical parts, care and preservation164-165
 
P
Packing ammunition
   steel containers100-102
   wicker containers102
Panoramic telescope 32, description119-120
Pedestal, description and functioning32-33
Percussion mechanism, manual cocking17-18
Plotting rules157
Power brakes, inspection and adjustment74-75
Precautions in handling captured ammunition102-103
 
R
Rammer (assembly)
   description and functioning40-42
   inspection and adjustment73-74
Rammer cylinder, filling and charging69
Range finder model 34, description and operation125-128, 154
Range or height reader, operation129
Range quadrant and elevation mechanism, description110
Recocking the gun59
Recoil and recuperator mechanism, inspection and adjustment7273
Recoil cylinder
   description and functioning21-22
   filling67-69
Recoil liquid, care and preservation67
Recoil mechanism, data5-6
Recuperator cylinder
   description and functioning20-21
   filling and charging67
 
S
Side outriggers, description and functioning26
Sighting equipment, telescopic sights with elevation quadrant for direct fire110-118
Stereoscopic director 36 director128
   general discussion125
   operation129-132
   by telephone132
   range finder125-128
   setting up128-129
   standby settings132-133
Surveying rod, description157
 
T
Telescopic sight
   description110-113
   elevation quadrant113-117
   operation117-118
Tests and adjustments
   aiming circle150-154
   battery commander's telescope162
   range finder model 34154
Top carriage, description and functioning33-38
Top carriage leveling mechanism, description and functioning32
Translations, essential8
Traveling positions, placing gun in59-60
Traversing mechanism
   description and functioning38
   inspection and adjustment71
Traversing the gun55
Tropical ammunition, description102
Twist of rifling5
 
U
Unloading the gun59
 
W
Weight of gun4
Wheel bearings, lubrication61
 
 

A.G. 300.7 (6 Jul. 1943)
O.O. 461 / Raritan Arsenal (3 Jul. 1943) (R)

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR: G. C. MARSHALL, Chief of Staff.

OFFICIAL: J. A. ULIO, Major General, The Adjutant General.

DISTRIBUTION: X

(For explanation of symbols, see FM 21-6)

RAPD 14 AUGUST 1943
PUBLICATIONS DIVISION — RARITAN ARSENAL

 


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