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Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind

Anti-Aircraft Vehicle




Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind

Service Data:

In Service: 1944 to 1945

Production Data:

Manufacturer: Ostbau
Chassis No: 82001-90000
Number built: 87

Technical Data:

Type: Anti-Aircraft Vehicle

Crew: 5 men
Length: 5.92 m
Width: 2.9 m
Height: 2.76 m
Weight: 22,000 kg
Fuel Capacity: 470 litres
Engine: 1 × Maybach HL 120 TRM 12 cylinder liquid cooled Vee petrol engine producing up to 300 hp at 3,000 rpm
Gearbox: 6 forward 1 reverse
Speed: road 38 km/h cross country km/h
Range: road 200 km cross country km
Armament:
1 × 2 cm Flakvierling 38 L/112.5
1 × 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun
Ammunition:
main 3,200 rounds
secondary 1,350 rounds
Armour: 10 mm to 80 mm
Electronics: FuG 2 and FuG 5
Operators: Heer
Variants:
10.5 cm K18 auf Panzer IVa
10.5 cm le.F.H.18/1 L/28 IVb
10.5 cm le.F.H.18/1 (Sf) auf Gw IVb
10.5 cm le Pz.H 18/40/2 auf Gw III/IV
Bergepanzer IV
Brückenleger IV
Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind
Flakpanzer IV Ostwind
Heuschrecke 10
Hornisse / Nashorn
Hummel
Munitionspanzer IV
Munitionsträger Hummel
Munitionsschlepper für Karl Gerät
Flakpanzer IV Möbelwagen 2 cm
Flakpanzer IV Möbelwagen 3.7 cm
Infanterie Sturmsteg Panzer IV
Jagdpanzer IV
Leichte Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz
Panzerbefehlswagen IV
Panzerbeobachtungwagen IV
Panzerfähre
Panzer IV /70 A
Panzer IV /70(V)
Panzer IV als Tauchpanzer
Panzer IV Ausf. A
Panzer IV Ausf. B
Panzer IV Ausf. C
Panzer IV mit Minenrollern
Panzer IV Ausf. D
Panzer IV Ausf. E
Panzer IV mit Schachtellaufwerk
Panzer IV Ausf. F
Panzer IV Ausf. F2
Panzer IV Ausf. G
Panzer IV Ausf. H
Panzer IV Ausf. J
Panzer IV mit Nebelwerfer
Sonderausführung des Panzer IV
StuG IV
Sturmpanzer IV Brummbär

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History:

The Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind or abbreviated Wirbelwind Pz. Fgst IV/3 was a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun based on the Panzer IV. It was developed in 1944 as a replacement to the earlier self-propelled anti-aircraft gun Flakpanzer IV Möbelwagen 3.7 cm.

The Panzer IV's turret was removed and replaced with an open top, turret which housed a quadruple 2 cm Flakvierling 38 L/112.5. An enclosed turret would have been preferable, but this wasn't possible due to the heavy smoke generated by the quadruple 2 cm Flakvierling 38.

Conversion of the Panzer IV was carried out by Ostbau Werke in Sagan, Silesia in July to November 1944 approximately 87 were converted from the Panzer IV. The 2 cm Flakvierling 38 soon proved to be less effective against aircraft so a more powerful replacement was developed. However the combination of armour and rapid fire from the 2 cm Flakvierling 38 did make it extremely effective against ground targets.

The Flakpanzer IV Ostwind, was the replacement which was equipped with a single 3.7 cm Flak 43.

Gallery:

Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind picture 2

Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind picture 3

Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind picture 4

Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind picture 5

Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind picture 6

Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind picture 7

Film Footage Gallery



Heer Comments

Sources:

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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