Panzerstahl PS88010 German Flakpanzer IV Ostwind Anti-Aircraft Gun - Panzer Lehr Division, Ruhr Pocket, 1945 (1:72 Scale)
"With this division alone, you must throw the Allies into the sea. Your objective is the coast no, not the coast, it is the sea."
- Heinz Guderian to General Fritz Bayerlein, East Prussia, January 26th, 1944
On August 18th, 1944, an order was placed for 100 Ostwind ("East Wind") anti-aircraft vehicles, after successful trials had been held the previous month. Replacing the Wirbelwind, the Ostwind I provided the panzertruppen with the more effective 3.7cm FlaK43 gun mounted within an armored turret. As the war wore on, both the Ostwind I and the Mobelwagen were to be replaced by the Kugelblitz, but because of delays, only two Kugelblitz were produced. Seven chassis originally earmarked for the Kugelblitz were instead used to produce the Ostwind I.
This particular 1:72 scale replica of a German Flakpanzer IV Ostwind anti-aircraft gun served with the Panzer Lehr Division during 1945. Sold Out!
Length: 4 inches
Width: 1.5 inches
Release Date: June 2010
Historical Account: "Trained for War" - The Panzer Lehr Division was formed at Potsdam in November 1943, comprised principally of demonstration units from the various Panzer schools. It was transfered to France in February 1944, then to Hungary in April, where it absorbed Infanterie-Lehr Regiment 901. The division returned to France shortly thereafter where it opposed the Allied landings in June. Panzer Lehr suffered heavy losses at Caen during a massive carpet bombing attack and additional losses as it withdrew across France. It was sent to the Saar for refitting and later saw action in the Ardennes during Operation "Wacht am Rhein". After the winter counteroffensive, the division was trapped in the Ruhr pocket in early 1945 and forced to surrender to the US Army in April.