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Germany's Möbelwagen (furniture van), SdKfz 161/3

Design

In September 1943, Hitler approved the Flakpanzer IV AA with 37 mm twin AA guns for which he saw a demonstration of it on May 14, 1943. Böhmisch-Mährisch of Prague received the contract for 150 vehicles.

3.7 cm FlaK 43 L/60 mounted on an unaltered PzKpfw IV Ausf H & Ausf J chassis.

Engine

The rpm of the engine was raised to 2,800, which produced 272 hp.

Crew

The 4 box sides could be let down horizontally to allow for firing. When these were down the crew was completely exposed and with the height of the vehicle it left the crew in a rather exposed position. The high box sides led the crews to call them Möbelwagen (Furniture Van).

2cm Flakvierling 38 Möbelwagen

The 2cm Flakvierling 38 was placed on a PzKpfw IV Ausf H or PzKpfw Ausf J chassis.

Production

  • Möbelwagen, 37mm, SdKfz 161/3: 240
    • Production: March 1944 - March 1945
    • Manufacturer: Deutsche-Eisenwerke

Variants

  • Möbelwagen, 37mm; SdKfz 161/3:
  • Flakpanzer IV, (2cm Flakvierling 38) auf Fgst PzKpfw IV Möbelwagen: Had quad 2cm Flakvierling 38 mounted. Had an armored four sided box around the gun and were folded outwards when being fired as this allowed the gun to be traversed.

Usage

Issued to Flugabwehrzüge (AA platoons) of Panzer regiments.

2cm Flakvierling 38 Möbelwagen

The 2cm Flakvierling 38 Möbelwagen first entered service in 1943.

Specifications

  Möbelwagen, 37mm "Furniture Van", SdKfz 161/3
Crew Driver, gun crew (5)
6, 7
Radio FuG5, FuG2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 53,757 lb
24 tons
Length 19' 5"
5.92 m
Height 8' 9"
2.73 m
Width 9' 7"
2.95 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 3.7cm FlaK43 L/60
3.7 cm FlaK 43
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG42, internal
7.92 mm MG42
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 416
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 50@9°
Hull Front, Lower 80@14°
Hull Sides, Upper 30@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
Hull Rear 20@11° & 20@9°
Hull Top Open
Hull Bottom 10@90°
Superstructure Front Shield: 25@0°
Superstructure Sides Shield: 25@0°
Superstructure Rear Shield: 25@0°
Superstructure Top Open
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Transmission 6 forward, 1 reverse.
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand.
Speed - Road 26 mph
38 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 124 miles
200 km
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -6° to +90°
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  
  Flakpanzer IV, (2cm Flakvierling 38) auf Fgst PzKpfw IV Möbelwagen
Crew 5
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 25 tons
Length  
Height  
Width  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 2cm Flakvierling 38
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides 10
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top Open
Engine (Make / Model)  
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Transmission  
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. German Tanks of World War II, Dr. S. Hart & Dr. R. Hart, 1998
  3. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
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