150 cm FlaKscheinwerfer 34 – German Anti-Aircraft Search light


The FlaKscheinwerfer 34, Anti-Aircraft Gun Searchlight 34, had its own generator to power the 990 million lumen strong lamp. The generator powered the searchlight with 200 amperes at 110 volts. The FlaKscheinwerfer was meant to light the Allied aircraft up for the Flak-batteries. Each FlaK battery of four 88 mm Flak guns had a group of nine 150 cm FlaKscheinwerfers. The FlaKscheinwerfer were spread out in a zone of preparation with a 5 kilometer grid. Sound detecting devices were added to the Searchlight batteries together with distance measuring devices. Gun laying Radars were added in later stages of the war.
The FlaKscheinwerfer 34, or SW 34, has an 150 centimeter wide parabolic glass reflector. It could be traversed 360 degrees and elevated from minus 12 to 192 degrees. It had a detecting range of 8 kilometer for aircraft at an height of 4 to 5 kilometers. It was transported on a special trailer.

150 cm Flakscheinwerfer 34 – German Anti-Aircraft Search light - photo 2014.
150 cm Flakscheinwerfer 34 – German Anti-Aircraft Search light – photo 2014.
150 cm Flakscheinwerfer 34 – German Anti-Aircraft Search light - photo 2014.
150 cm Flakscheinwerfer 34 – German Anti-Aircraft Search light – photo 2014.

FlaKscheinwerfer 37 is an upgrade of the FlaKscheinwerfer 34. Minor modifications were added, mostly simple to meet new standards.

Honestly, we could not figure out if this FlaKScheinwerfer was the SW 34 or the SW 37. If you know please help us out so we can adjust our little article. For now we leave it with FlaKscheinwerfer 34.


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