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As Germany's position deteriorated the need for more anti-aircraft guns became apparent so the floating Flak Batteries were brought in to play in an attempt to counter the allied strategic bombardments. Old warships were withdrawn from service and captured vessels were converted by removing there engines and fitted with modern radar and communications equipment and armed with the following 10.5 cm, 4 cm, 3.7cm and 2 cm anti-aircraft guns they were man by soldiers of the naval artillery units They were then towed and anchored in the main flight paths of the allied bombers.

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Ariadne Flak batterie
Nymphe Flak batterie
Thetis Flak batterie

Sources

German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
ISBN-10: 0851775330

German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
ISBN-10: 155750301X

German warships of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0668040378

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