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Sd.Kfz. 250 Halftracks



Sd.Kfz. 250 Halftracks


The German ordnance department issued requirements for a lightly armoured personnel carrier, with good cross country performance and a high road speed, the Sd.Kfz. 10 was chosen which was built by Demag. The Sd.Kfz. 10 chassis had to be shortened. This was achieved by removing the last axle from the trackwork. In 1939 after successful trials it was named Leicther Mannschaftstransportwagen but was soon redesignated Leicther Schützenpanzerwagen.

The Sd.Kfz. 250 was used for the first time during the French campaign, the Sd.Kfz. 250 was made in large numbers, and was found at all German theatres of war. There were 13 different variants of the Sd.Kfz. 250, and most famously the 250/3 used by Erwin Rommel in the North African campaign,and the basic design did not change until 1943, after which the armoured body underwent a complete redesign to save on materials, and speed up production time. Manufacturers involved in the production of the Sd.Kfz. 250 were Büssing-NAG, Demag, Ritscher, Wegmann, Weserhütte, Wumag.


Sd.Kfz. 250/1 Alte leichte Schützenpanzerwagen picture 2
Sd.Kfz. 250/2 Alte leichter Fernsprechpanzerwagen picture 3
Sd.Kfz. 250/3 Alte leichte Funkpanzerwagen picture 4
Sd.Kfz. 250/9 Alte leichte Schützenpanzerwagen 2 cm KwK 38 picture 5
Sd.Kfz. 250/1 Neu leichte Schützenpanzerwagen picture 6
Sd.Kfz. 250/4 Neu leichte Beobachtungspanzerwagen picture 7


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