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Category: Anti-Aircraft Gun

The German Flak Panzer IV Wirbelwind

The Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun

The Wirbelwind (Whirlwind in English) was one of several mobile anti-aircraft platforms built on the Panzer IV chassis; including the Möbelwagen and the Ostwind. The Wirbelwind was developed from a design concept created during the summer of 1944 by SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl Wilhelm Krause. The vehicle featured a turret with a 2 cm Flakvierling 38 (which has four barrels); the turret could traverse as expected and was enclosed on the sides but not the top. The vehicle ended up with the nickname Keksdose (Biscuit Tin in English). In combat the 2 cm gun was deemed ineffective against aircraft.

Anti-Aircraft Gun, Self-Propelled: Flakpanzer IV “Wirbelwind”
Main Armament: 1 x 2 cm Flakvierling 38
Secondary Armament: 1 × 7.92 mm MG 34
Weight: 22 tonnes
Speed: 40 km/h on-road (ostensibly)
Crew: 5

Works Cited

  1. “Panzer IV.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 22 July 2016. Web. 29 July 2016.<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzer_IV
  2. “Wirbelwind.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 13 July 2016. Web. 29 July 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wirbelwind>
  3. “Möbelwagen.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 24 July 2016. Web. 01 Aug. 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Möbelwagen>
  4. “Ostwind.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 24 July 2016. Web. 01 Aug. 2016.<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostwind>

Off Topic: Artillery Photos And More

This is off topic but I thought I’d share a selection of photos of Artillery pieces I took while visiting the Texas Military Forces Museum not that long ago. There were several field pieces and at least one anti-aircraft, and one anti-tank piece; from several countries and time periods including examples from France, Russia, and the USA.

 

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