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Flakpanzer IV/3,7cm Flakzwilling "Ostwind II"

History: As early as October 1943, Hitler had called for a Flakpanzer armed with two 3,7cm FlaK as the best interim solution until the Kugelblitz had been fully developed.  In January 1945, Ostbau produced a prototype of the Ostwind II which had the 3,7cm Flakzwilling 44.  This was the same basic weapon as the Flakzwilling 43, but the guns had to be mounted side-by-side in order to be accomodated in the Ostwind turret.  Loss of the Ostbau facility and subsequent disruption ensured that no production followed.

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