Is that a gun in your bus or are you just happy to see me?

I don’t remember what I was searching for a picture of when I started running across these, but my fetish for unusual weapon/vehicle combinations  and “gun trucks” in general took over and I went down a different path than what I was intending.

flak_88_cm_auf_vomag_fahrgestell

Flak 8,8 cm auf Vomag Fahrgestell

selbstfahrlafette auf fahrgestell vomag 7 or 660 mit 8,8cm flak in service with i.flak regiment 42

Selbstfahrlafette auf Fahrgestell VOMAG 7 OR 660 mit 8,8cm Flak in service with I.Flak Regiment 42

vomag_88mm_flak_18_waffentrager

Vomag 88mm Flak 18 Waffentrager

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VOMAG targeting truck

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag Omnibus Typ 7. Budapest 1945

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag Omnibus Typ 7. Budapest 1945

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag Omnibus Typ 7. Budapest 1945

 

Turns out there were 21 – 24 of these Selbstfahrlafette auf Fahrgestell VOMAG 7 OR 660 mit 8,8cm Flak probably built for the Führerbegleitbrigade (FBB: Führer escort brigade) which was tasked with protecting Hitler’s military headquarters and accompanying him on those occasions he wanted to tool around the front.

Only assigned to 1. Bataillon of Flak Regiment 42 which appears to have initially served around Dresden, they ended up on the Ostfront and the unit was essentially wiped out in the fighting in and around Budapest in late 1944 with none of the vehicles surviving.

More info and pics here: www.kfzderwehrmacht.de and although I don’t really understand or get reddit, here’s a link with a bunch of pics and .gifs involving 88’s:  https://www.reddit.com/r/88mm

 

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