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Flakpanzer IV Ostwind

Anti-Aircraft Vehicle

Flakpanzer IV Ostwind

Service Data:

In Service: 1944 to 1945

Production Data:

Manufacturer: Ostbau
Chassis No: 82001-90000
Number built: 44 and converted

Technical Data:

Type: Anti-Aircraft Vehicle

Crew: 6 men
Length: 5.92 m
Width: 2.95 m
Height: 3 m
Weight: 22,000 kg
Fuel Capacity: 470 liters
Engine: 1 × Maybach HL 120 TRM 112 12 cylinder liquid cooled Vee petrol engine producing up to 272 hp at 2,800 rpm
Gearbox: 6 forward 1 reverse
Speed: road 38 km/h cross country km/h
Range: road 200 km cross country km
1 × 3.7 cm Flak 43/1 L/89
2 × 7.92 mm MG 34 machine guns or MG 42
main 1,000 rounds
secondary 600 rounds
Armour: 10 mm to 80 mm
Electronics: FuG 2 and FuG 5
Operators: Heer
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10.5 cm le Pz.H 18/40/2 auf Gw III/IV
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Panzer IV Ausf. D
Panzer IV Ausf. E
Panzer IV mit Schachtellaufwerk
Panzer IV Ausf. F
Panzer IV Ausf. F2
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The Flakpanzer IV Ostwind or abbreviated Ostwind Flak Pz.Wg IV was a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun based on the Panzer IV. It was developed in 1944 as a replacement to the earlier Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind.

The Panzer IV's turret was removed and replaced with an open top, hexagonal turret which housed a 3.7 cm FlaK 43. As well its intended role as an anti-aircraft weapon, the fast firing gun was extremely effective against light vehicles and minor fortifications. A closed top design would have been preferred, but this was not possible due to the heavy smoke generated by the gun.

The Flakpanzer IV Ostwind's main improvement over the Wirbelwind was the 3.7 cm FlaK 43's increased range and stopping power over the 2 cm Flakvierling 38 and slightly better armoring on its turret.

While an order for 100 vehicles was placed in August 1944, only 44 vehicles were completed, 37 converted from existing Panzer IV's and 7 new production vehicles from December 1944 to March 1945, all work being carried out by Ostbau Werke in Sagan, Silesia.


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Heer Comments


German Military Vehicles.
ISBN-10: 087349783X

Armoured Fighting Vehicles of Germany World War II.
ISBN-10: 0214203077

Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World Two.
ISBN-10: 1854095188

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