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Ostwind

The Flakpanzer IV “Ostwind” 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 Wirbelwind.

 

The Panzer IV’s turret was removed and replaced with an open-top, hexagonal turret which housed one 3.7 cm FlaK 43. In addition to its intended role as an anti-aircraft weapon, the fast-firing gun was highly effective against light vehicles and minor fortifications. A closed-top design would have been preferable, but this was not possible due to the heavy smoke generated by the gun. Production of the vehicle was carried out by Deutsche Eisenwerke at Duisburg.

 

The Ostwind’s main improvement over the Wirbelwind was its increased range. It also had slightly better armoring on its turret, as well as a second MG34.

 

Approximately 45 of these vehicles were built.

Flakpanzer IV “Ostwind”

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Type

Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun

Place of origin

 Nazi Germany

Production history

Produced

1944

Number built

43 – 45

Specifications

Weight

25 tonnes

Length

5.92 m

Width

2.95 m

Height

3.00 m

Crew

5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver, Radio Operator)

Armor

10 – 80 mm

Primary

1x 3.7 cm FlaK 43 L/89

armament

1,000 rounds

Secondary

1× 7.92 mm Maschinengewehr 34

armament

1,350 rounds

Engine

12-cylinder Maybach HL 120 TRM

300 hp

Power/weight

12.5 hp/tonne

Suspension

leaf spring

Operational

200 km

range

Speed

38 km/h

 

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