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2cm Flakvierling auf Fahrgestell Panzer IV (Sf)

History: Designed early in 1943, the 2cm Flakvierling 38 on the Pz Kpfw IV chassis did not enter production.  A normal tank chassis was fitted with a new wider superstructure on which hinged armoured shiels surrounded the weapon.  In action, these shields could be hinged outward to give room for all-round traverse, or could be folded flat when ground-level targets were to be engaged.  Hitler saw a demonstration of the prototype in October 1943, but again refused permission for production.  In January 1944, an order was given for an interim Flakpanzer of similar design, mounting the 3,7cm FlaK.

2cm Flakvierling auf Fahrgestell Panzer IV (Sf)

 

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