A series of weapons with similar performance that were used as anti-torpedo boat guns on pre-dreadnoughts, main guns on torpedo boats and destroyers and later developed into Germany's first AAA gun. The Flak L/45 was also used to replace some of the 8.8 cm/35 anti-torpedo boat guns on older warships.
During the 1920s these guns were used as an interim measure on the Panzerschiffe Deutschland and on light cruisers until the new 8.8 cm/76 SK C/32 gun was available, with most ships being refitted by 1939.
During the 1930s surviving guns were modified to take the same ammunition as was used in the 8.8 cm/45 (3.4") SK C/30 and then had the same performance as did that gun.
|Designation||8.8 cm/45 (3.46") SK L/45
8.8 cm/45 (3.46") Tbts L/45
8.8 cm/45 (3.46") Flak L/45
|Ship Class Used On||Most Capital Ships, Torpedo Boats and Destroyers of World War I
1920s: Emden, Königsberg and Deutschland classes
|Date Of Design||1905|
|Date In Service||1906|
|Gun Weight||5,512 lbs. (2,500 kg)|
|Gun Length oa||about 157.5 in (4.000 m)|
|Rate Of Fire||15 rounds per minute|
|Complete Round Weight||33 lbs. (15 kg)|
|Projectile Types and Weights||
|Projectile Length||about 14.0 in (385.5 mm)|
|Working Pressure||17.5 tons/in2 (2,750 kg/cm2)|
|Approximate Barrel Life||7,000 rounds|
|Ammunition stowage per gun||
|Elevation||MPLC/01-06: -10 / +25 degrees
MPLC/13: -10 / +70 degrees
Tbts LC/13: -10 / +25 degrees
|Elevation Rate||Manual operation, only|
|Train Rate||Manual operation, only|
|Gun recoil||9.4 in (24 cm)|
- ^Quantities and types shown above are "as built." Many ships had 8.8 cm/45 anti-ship guns removed during World War I in order to fit 8.8 cm/45 FLAK guns. Similarly, many older torpedoboats traded their 8.8 cm/30 and 8.8 cm/35 guns for the more powerful 8.8 cm/45 guns. Likewise, some torpedo boats were rearmed with the even more powerful 10.5 cm/45 Tbts guns.