WWII German Flak Artillery Scope -
Flak artillery was used during WWII to defend the land against aircraft attacks. 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 cannon, the original purpose
of the eighty-eight. In informal German use, the guns were universally known as the Acht-acht (8-8),
The scope featured here is the standard 10x80 flak binoculars.
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The scope was tripod mounted. A view of the bottom shows the bracket that was used to secure to the tripod.
The top of the binoculars have a wire structure. This was used as a sighting device. The operator would
line up incoming aircraft in the proper position and then fire the gun.
A padded visor was placed in front of the optics. This was more comfortable for the operator. The lenses
had long tubes which help eliminate interference from external light sources like the sun. The tubes
were easily removed if necessary.
The scope is marked D.F. 10 x 80 to indicate its power. The manufacturer's markings were also stamped in and
painted in white. They are Schneider optik kreusnach. The number 5370 was also added. This is probably
a production number.