You are bidding on a SUPERB used example of WW2 German Z.F. 3×8°Scope, as used by various PaK and FlaK Guns! This was used specifically on the 3.7cm PaK36!
It first saw service during the Spanish Civil War in 1936, where it performed well against the light tanks of the conflict. It was first used during the Second World War against Poland in 1939 and had little difficulty with any of the Polish tanks. The Battle of France in 1940 revealed its inadequate penetration capability against French and British heavy tanks, receiving the derisive “door-knocker” nickname from its crews, but it sufficed to defeat the bulk of the Allied armor in the campaign. The invasion of the Soviet Union brought the Pak 36 face to face with large numbers of T-34 and KV-1 tanks, which were invulnerable to its fire. However, 91% of the Soviet tank forces in 1941 consisted of lighter types that lacked sufficient armor to defeat the gun, and the Pak 36 knocked out thousands of such tanks.
The Pak 36 was replaced from late 1940 onward by the 5 cm Pak 38 anti-tank gun and from November 1941 by the 7.5 cm Pak 40. This process was accelerated by the engagements with the modern Soviet tanks, and Pak 36 production ceased entirely in early 1942. The introduction in 1943 of the Stielgranate 41 shaped charge gave it the ability to punch through the armor of any Allied tank, but the ammunition’s short range made the Pak 36 crews vulnerable to enemy fire and could not solve the gun’s basic obsolescence. German paratroopers employed the gun due to its low weight and consequent high maneuverability. The Pak 36 was also used by Axis-allied, second-line, garrison and training units until the end of the war.
Made of steel by kjj (Askania Werke AG, Berlin-Friedenau), this anti-tank aiming scope was manufactured between 1941 and 1945. It retains 95% of its original finish with no damage! The manufacture code and data information is stamped into the sides, indicating:
Z.F. 3×8° Flak
All optics are VERY CLEAR with NO haziness, but do feature some dirt/spotting as you can see in the photos. Comes with the rare rubber eye cup. I have shown its location in the last images. One of the NICEST I have ever seen of it’s type, it is a VERY NICE scope that would make a PERFECT addition to any collection or display!
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