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== Background ==
 
== Background ==
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[[File:VM_VietcongChameleonZSU.png|thumb|left|250px|Fanmodel of the Vietcong's Chameleon ZSU, made by V.Metalic.]]
 
 
ZSU is the catch all acronym for anti-air gun vehicles in the Soviet Union. A huge variety of these vehicles, most with very short production runs, served during the Second World War alongside Pincer and Anvil tanks; the ZSU-44 was the most common, though one of the least capable. Sharing the double-barrelled design with its contemporaries, the ZSU-44's 50mm flak cannons were effective at seeing off helicopters but unreliable when used against faster fixed-wing planes and hopeless against jet fighters; by 1954, most commanders would leave them behind, relying on SAM emplacements, specially made wire-guided rockets in the pods of their Mammoths or disposable SAM launchers used by infantry. As a side effect, a rather large number of ZSU-44s survived the war while other variants were expended on the front lines, and after the war they were sold or given away to other communist nations.
 
ZSU is the catch all acronym for anti-air gun vehicles in the Soviet Union. A huge variety of these vehicles, most with very short production runs, served during the Second World War alongside Pincer and Anvil tanks; the ZSU-44 was the most common, though one of the least capable. Sharing the double-barrelled design with its contemporaries, the ZSU-44's 50mm flak cannons were effective at seeing off helicopters but unreliable when used against faster fixed-wing planes and hopeless against jet fighters; by 1954, most commanders would leave them behind, relying on SAM emplacements, specially made wire-guided rockets in the pods of their Mammoths or disposable SAM launchers used by infantry. As a side effect, a rather large number of ZSU-44s survived the war while other variants were expended on the front lines, and after the war they were sold or given away to other communist nations.
   

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