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Flakpanzer IV / 2cm Vierling "Wirbelwind"

History: The Wirbelwind was developed as a mount for anti-aircraft guns on Pz Kpfw IV chassis which had been returned from the front for major overhaul.  They were intended to supplement production of the M÷belwagen.  In the autumn of 1944, production of the Wirbelwind ceased, since the 2cm Flakvierling was not proving so effective as the 3,7cm FlaK.
Specific features: The turret was removed from normal Pz Kpfw IV and replaced by an open-topped turret, in which the Flakvierling 38 was mounted.  Some vehicles had only 50mm frontal armour since early ausf F to G were converted for use as the chassis.
Combat service: Issued to the Flugabwehrzug (AA platoons) of Panzer regiments in Panzer divisions.

Flakpanzer IV / 2cm Vierling Wirbelwind

 

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