Image: Ostwind (War Thunder)
YearJuly 1944
Vehicle TypeLight Self-Propelled AA Gun
Origin & DesignerGermany/Ostbau
Numbers Produced44
Crew6 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Radio Operator & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 37mm L/89 Flak 42
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-6° to +90°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse360°
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightFlakviser 40
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm MG34 (Bow)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried1000 x 37mm & 1.350 x 7.92mm
Combat Weight25.000 kg
Ground Clearance0.40m
Fording Depth1.0m
Trench Crossing2.20m
Obstacle Clearance0.60m
Climbing Ability30°
ArmourHull Front: 50mm
Hull Sides: 30mm
Hull Rear: 20mm
Hull Top: 12mm
Hull Bottom: 10mm
Gun Compartment:
Gun Mantle: 25mm
Front: 25mm
Sides: 25mm
Rear: 25mm
Turret Top: Open
EngineMaybach HL 120 TR 112 (Petrol)
Transmission6 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range200 km
Maximum Cross Country Range130 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed16 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Ostwind (East Wind) was only produced in small numbers compared to the Möbelwagen and Wirbelwind. It too was built on the chassis of the Panzer Mk IV and many of these had been withdrawn for repair. It was armed with a single 37mm FlaK 43 mounted in a hexagon shaped turret that could traverse 360° and engage targets in the air and on the ground. It offered better armour protection for the crew then on previous models and the 37mm canon had a high ceiling then the 20mm. The Ostwind was used to provide anti-aircraft cover for armoured columns and located in anti-aircraft platoons issued tank regiments, it mainly saw service in Western Europe.