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Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind"
Flakpanzer auf Fgst Pz Kpfw IV Wirbelwind
Wirbelwind
General Historical Information
Place of origin Germany
Manufacturer Ostbau Works
Produced In 1944
Category Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun
Debut in FHSW v0.55
Speed 40 km/h
Armour Wirbelwind armour
Main armament 1x 2 cm Flakvierling 38
(80 rounds)
General Ingame Information
Used by Germany
Crew in‑game 2
Ammunition HET & APT (Random)
Seat 2 1x 7.92 mm MG 34
(250 rounds)
Seat 3 Passenger Seat
Seat 4 Passenger Seat
Historical Picture
Wirbel


After the Germans had lost air superiority, the interest in self-propelled anti-aircraft guns grew stronger. In early 1944 the Flakpanzer IV family was born with the Möbelwagen. This was a Panzer IV chassis equiped with a 37 mm Flak 43 covered with four shields which could fold open. Later, a second and newer Flakpanzer design was presented, the Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind. The Wirbelwind was a Panzer IV chassis with a diamond-shaped open-topped turret that had an armour thickness of 10 mm. It contained a 2 cm Flakvierling 38, with a rate of fire of 800 rounds per minute. Although it was built to be used against aircraft, the 2 cm Flakvierling 38 was also effective against lightly armoured vehicles and personnel. Around 80 vehicles were built and the design was later replaced by the stronger Ostwind.



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