Gaso.Line GAS50154M German Sd. Kfz. 140 Flakpanzer 38 (t) Ausf. L Gepard Flak Gun (1:50 Scale)
"We must do everything we can to promote anti-tank defense, and work just as hard to guarantee successful counter-attacks through the instrument of powerful tank forces of our own."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
At the beginning of WWII, German ground forces had gained an advantageous position due to the Luftwaffe achieving air supremacy. As the war went on, however, the strength and veracity of the Allied air forces increased resulting in an imbalance on the battlefield. By 1943, the Wehrmacht's armored forces were being attacked by ground attack aircraft at an alarming rate. Although the Panzer Divisions had fairly strong anti-aircraft units within their ranks, their towed guns could not be emplaced quickly enough to ward off enemy air attacks. One solution arrived at was the creation of an anti-aircraft tank, or Flakpanzer, which was capable of opening fire several minutes after an air raid warning.
The Czech-built PzKpfw 38(t) tank, famous for its excellent riding qualities and dependability, was one of the leading candidates for the Flakpanzer program. The original order for a Flakpanzer 38(t), armed with a single barrel 2cm Flak 38, called for 150 vehicles, but only 140 were made, the last of them created in February 1944. Unfortunately, their single-barrel 2cm gun could not provide sufficient fire saturation against aircraft, even when the vehicles were used in groups. The next best solution called for a vehicle capable of mounting either a multi-barrelled weapon or larger caliber anti-aircraft gun, so the 38(t) was dropped as a carrier in favor of the larger PzKpfw IV chassis. Sold Out!