- For the Steel Division II unit see SD2:Möbelwagen
Möbelwagen is a German Anti-air unit. It is a useful and mobile anti-aircraft vehicle that can engage enemy aircraft and infantry with its 37mm Flak guns. By anti-aircraft units standards, it is one of the most well armoured types of machinery in the game and will withstand artillery and air strikes without being destroyed.
The workhorse of the Nazi war machine, Panzer IV started its long service in 1936 as a fire support tank, equipped with a short-barreled 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 howitzer. In this role, Panzer IV would focus on taking out enemy fortifications, anti-tank emplacements, and infantry from a long range, protecting the lighter, faster Panzer III tanks focusing on taking out enemy armor. However, following Fall Barbarossa and the shock of fighting against superior Soviet tanks, it quickly displaced Panzer III as the primary battle tank. Krupp's design was larger, sturdier, and could readily accept significant armor upgrades and long-barreled guns capable of defeating Soviet armor. The Panzer IV chassis was used as the base for many other fighting vehicles. 8,553 Panzer IVs of all versions were built during World War II, a production run in Axis forces only exceeded by the StuG III assault gun with 10,086 vehicles. A significant number of these tanks was also transferred to Axis allies and continued to used in various militaries worldwide after the War ended.
One of the first self-propelled anti-aircraft platforms in German service, the Möbelwagen entered service in April 1944. A modified Panzer IV tank mounting the powerful 3.7 cm Flak 43 L/89, it was intended as a stop-gap model before purpose-designed Flakpanzers entered service. However, 240 Möbelwagens were built and served with distinction over the course of the war. Its principal flaw was the lack of protection for the gun-crew, as the armored screens had to be lowered in order for the weapon to be used.
These were used in the Regimental Flakzuegen with eight issued.
- The name literally means Furniture Van, a nickname given to it due to the distinct shape of its superstructure, resembling contemporary moving vans.
The Möbelwagen is a late game anti-aircraft asset whose armour is thick enough to withstand phase C punishment. Indeed, artillery and enemy air strikes will rarely do more than panic the unit, and the biggest threat to the Möbelwagen are enemy tanks. Reaching a respectable 1000m fire range, its 37mm Flak guns are capable of dealing with planes and soft targets, but will do little but tickle enemy armour.
Unfortunately, the unit borders on the expensive side and is not available in very large numbers - packs of two units each. Most packs also consist of inexperienced Möbelwagens. The player will still have to rely on fighter or fighter-bomber aircraft to down enemy bomber planes.