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The Wehrmacht used halftracks extensively in World War II and realised early on that Panzers units needed close support from infantry and other arms, and that these supporting arms needed to be able keep up the same pace as the Panzers. The Sd.Kfz. 250's and Sd.Kfz. 251's and the many other variants which could keep up with the Panzers on almost any terrain. Halftracks were used primarily as armoured personnel carriers, but also saw service as mortar carriers, self-propelled anti-tank guns, self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, self-propelled artillery, artillery tractors. Most halftracks went to the elite Waffen SS Divisions. Preliminary design of all the German halftracks of the early part of the war was done by Dipl.Ing. Heinrich Ernst Kniepkamp of the Military Automotive Department he retained his post until the end of the war.

Gallery:

Sd.Kfz. 7/3 Feuerleitpanzerfahrzeug für V-2 Raketen auf Zgkw 8t picture 2
Sd.Kfz. 11/5 Mittlerer Gassprür Wagen 3t picture 3
8.8 cm Flak 37 (Sf) auf Fgst Zgkw 18t Sd.Kfz. 9 picture 4
5 cm Flak 41 (Sf) auf Fgst Zgkw 8t Sd.Kfz. 7 picture 5
3.7 cm Flak 36 (Sf) auf Fgst Zgkw 8t Sd.Kfz. 7/2 picture 6
15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf (Sf) Sd.Kfz. 4/1 picture 7

Sources:

German Military Vehicles.
ISBN-10: 087349783X

Armoured Fighting Vehicles of Germany World War II.
ISBN-10: 0214203077

Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World Two.
ISBN-10: 1854095188

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