War & Conflicts Discussions => Half- & Full-Track => Topic started by: Koen on 10 January 2009, 12:04:02

Title: Sd.Kfz 251
Post by: Koen on 10 January 2009, 12:04:02
Sd.Kfz. 251 Mittlerer gepanzerter Schützenpanzerwagen
Developed in 1939 the 251-1/A saw action in the Polish campaign. Few vehicles were made.
In 1940 modifications were made which resulted in the B type. Mods included replacement of the antenna from the steps to the rear of the vehicle, rear vision sights were removed.
In 1941 another modification, the C version. This had a thicker nose plate armor up to 14.5 mm.Modifications were  made to the engine and its muffles were modified and replaced. The front bumperes were removed and replaced by towing hooks.
The last version was the D version build in 1942.
Overall 12000+ vehicles have been manufacturered during the war.
weight, battle ready :    8 Tons
Crew : 2 + 10 (Platoon Cdr, Driver, +10 Panzegrenadiers)
Propulsion : Maybach HL42 6-cyl. 100PS (99hp) P/w ratio 12hp/t
Suspensions : Half Track torsion arms, interleaved wheels
Max speed : 52,5 kp/h (32,5 mph)
Range (max): 300 km (186 miles)
Armament : 2 x MG34 or MG42 Machine guns.
Armour : 6 to 14mm

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/minimischutter/th_251-1_zpsaa50912b.jpg) (http://s283.photobucket.com/user/minimischutter/media/251-1_zpsaa50912b.jpg.html)
Close up view

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/minimischutter/th_251-1a_zps97c1183b.jpg) (http://s283.photobucket.com/user/minimischutter/media/251-1a_zps97c1183b.jpg.html)
Platoon 251/1

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/minimischutter/th_251%20schreck_o_zpsk1ajb1ma.jpg) (http://s283.photobucket.com/user/minimischutter/media/251%20schreck_o_zpsk1ajb1ma.jpg.html)
Platoon in action

Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D + Wurfrahmen 40

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/minimischutter/th_251withnebelwerfer_zps72fdcfa3.jpg) (http://s283.photobucket.com/user/minimischutter/media/251withnebelwerfer_zps72fdcfa3.jpg.html)