Schwere Geländegängiger Lastkraftwagen 4.5t Mercedes-Benz L4500A als Flakwagen

German Reich (1942-1945) Wheeled Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun – Unknown Number Built The Schwere Geländegängiger Lastkraftwagen 4.5t Mercedes-Benz L4500A als Flakwagen was a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) used by the German military during World War II. It was built by converting a standard Mercedes-Benz L4500A heavy-duty truck into an anti-aircraft vehicle by mounting either a 2…

2 cm Flak 30/38 (Sf.) auf gepanzerten Fahrgestell leichter Zugkraftwagen 1-ton (Sd.Kfz.10/4 and Sd.Kfz.10/5)

German Reich (1939-1945) Self-Propelled Light Anti Aircraft Gun – 2,016 Built By the time of the Second World War, modern armies were searching for ways to improve the mobility of their anti-aircraft guns. Germany initially used a simple twin machine gun mount placed on light unarmored trucks or any other available chassis. These generally had…

Flakpanzer IV (3.7 cm Flak 43) ‘Möbelwagen’ (Sd.Kfz.163/3)

German Reich (1944) Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) – 205-250 Built As the Second World War progressed, it was becoming obvious to the German tank force that the Luftwaffe (English German Air Force) was slowly losing control of the skies over Europe. In order to protect themselves from enemy ground attack aircraft, a series of self-propelled…

Schulfahrzeug 1-5b. Serie/La.S. mit MG 34/42 Zwillingssockel 36

German Reich (1938-1945) Self-propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun – At Least 3 Converted The Schulfarhzeug 1-5b. Serie/La.S. mit MG 34/42 Zwillingssockel 36 (Eng. training vehicle 1-5. Series of agricultural vehicles with MG 34/42 dual mount 36) was a Panzer I training variant that mounted anti-aircraft weapons. It was a field conversion that first appeared in 1938 and…

Panzerkampfwagen 38 für 2 cm Flak 38 (Sd.Kfz.140) Ausf.L ‘Flakpanzer 38(t)’

German Reich (1943) Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun – 141 to 152 Built As in the later years of the Second World War, the Luftwaffe (Eng. German Air Force) began losing control over the sky and the German ground forces were subjected to increased Allied ground attack raids. Panzer divisions were especially affected by the lack of…

2 cm Flak 38 (Sf.) auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf.A ‘Flakpanzer I’

German Reich (1941) Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun – 24 Built During the early stages of the war, the Germans modified small quantities of Panzer I Ausf.A tanks as ammunition carriers. These lacked any kind of defensive weapons to protect themselves from either ground or air targets. For this reason, from March to May 1941, some 24…

3.7 cm Flak 43 in Keksdose-Turm auf Panzerkampfwagen III Fahrgestell

German Reich (1944) Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun – 11-18 Built + 1-2 Prototypes The German ground forces were hard pressed by the Allied ground attack aircraft during the second half of World War II. The Panzer and Sturmartillerie units were hit especially hard by these attacks. Towards the end of the war, the Panzer branch of…

Flakpanzer IV (3.7 cm Flak 43) ‘Ostwind’

German Reich (1943) Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun – Unknown Number Built As the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) lost control of the skies over Germany in the second half of the Second World War, it could no longer provide sufficient protection against Allied aircraft. Panzer divisions were especially affected by the lack of cover from fighter aircraft…

Flakpanzer IV (2 cm Flakvierling 38) ‘Wirbelwind’

German Reich (1944) Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun – 87-150 Built As the German Luftwaffe (German Air Force) lost control over the skies of Germany in the second half of the Second World War, it could no longer provide sufficient protection against Allied aircraft. Panzer divisions were especially affected by the lack of cover from fighter aircraft…

Sd.Kfz.7/1

German Reich (1939) Half-track Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun – 750 Built The most famous German self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAG) are the Panzer IV based Wirbelwind, Ostwind, Mobelwagen and even Kugelblitz. However, despite being overshadowed by their tank-based counterparts, it was actually the half-track SPAAGs that made up the bulk of the German mobile anti-aircraft fleet. Thousands…