Wirbelwind

Wirbelwind

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The Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" was a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun based on the Panzer IV tank. The combination of armor and rapid fire from the four guns of the Wirbelwind did make it effective against ground targets.

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  • Type: self-propelled anti-aircraft gun
  • Historical period: World War II, 1944
  • Country: Germany
  • Scale: 1:25
  • Number of sheets: 24 sheets A4

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The Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" (Whirlwind in English) was a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun based on the Panzer IV tank. It was developed in 1944 as a successor to the earlier self-propelled anti-aircraft gun Möbelwagen.

In the first years of the war, the Wehrmacht had less interest in developing self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, but as the Allies began to gain air superiority, the need for more mobile and better-armed self-propelled anti-aircraft guns increased. During the early summer of 1944, SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl Wilhelm Krause with the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend came up with the concept of the Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind. He presented the concept to SS-Obersturmbannführer Max Wünsche, commanding officer of the 12th SS Panzer Regiment and it was approved by Hitler.

The combination of armor and rapid fire from the four guns of the Wirbelwind did make it effective against ground targets.

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