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
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