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02-19-2008, 09:37 AM
For starters: The SdKfz_251

From Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SdKfz_251)
The first two models were produced in small numbers. The C variant had a larger production run, but was a quite complex vehicle to build, involving many angled plates that gave reasonable protection from small arms fire. The D version utilized a much simpler design, and can be easily recognised by its single piece sloping rear (with flat doors).

Although designed for cross country work, it had some limitations as the front wheels were not powered.

The standard personnel carrier version was equipped with a 7.92 mm MG34 or MG42 machine gun mounted at the front of the open compartment, above and behind the driver. A second machine gun was usually mounted at the rear on an anti-aircraft mount.

These vehicles were meant to enable panzergrenadiers to accompany panzers and provide infantry support as required. In practice, there were never enough of them to go around, and many panzergrenadier units had to make do with trucks for transport. Only a very few favored divisions like Panzer Lehr received enough to fully equip their infantry units.

Variants were produced for specialized purposes, including with anti-aircraft guns, light howitzers , anti tank guns and mortars or even large unguided artillery rockets as well as a version with an infra-red search light used to spot potential targets for associated Panther tanks equipped with infrared detectors.





More great pics: www.sdkfz251.com/photo_album.html

Major Walter Schmidt
02-19-2008, 10:05 PM
I think there was a prototype called the "Katzchen" looks like a panther with no upper armour or turret.

02-20-2008, 06:26 AM
I think there was a prototype called the "Katzchen" looks like a panther with no upper armour or turret.

Looks more like a heavyly modified Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) chassis - but perhaps somehow influenced by the early VK's of the Panther? :rolleyes:

Kätzchen (Kitty - small cat)
http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/5711/kaetzchen1th9.th.jpg (http://img408.imageshack.us/my.php?image=kaetzchen1th9.jpg)

http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/2658/kaetzchen3mx0.th.jpg (http://img167.imageshack.us/my.php?image=kaetzchen3mx0.jpg)

http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/4567/kaetzchen2to8.th.jpg (http://img247.imageshack.us/my.php?image=kaetzchen2to8.jpg)

http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/687/kaetzchen4sw7.th.jpg (http://img258.imageshack.us/my.php?image=kaetzchen4sw7.jpg)


Major Walter Schmidt
05-13-2008, 10:42 PM
I need to make one of those;)

05-14-2008, 02:43 AM
Good morning.

Definately a great support vehicle, which was very modern - capable of transporting the Infantry to the battle and giving powerful firesupport.

Berge SdKfz. 251 ?

Most probably a russian modification?

What's that? - Finnish Hanomag modification?

SdKfz. 251 Ausf. C

Tank Command Vehicle?!? Or combined Infantry Command Vehicle in contact with the tankers?.

Major Walter Schmidt
05-14-2008, 09:15 AM
Maybe the last one is a communication post.

05-19-2008, 07:02 PM
A nice 3d illustration of the Sd.Kfz 251 with triple 20 mm Mauser AAA mounting.


05-20-2008, 05:18 AM
Berge SdKfz. 251 ?
The large one seen from the side is an SWS (Schwerer Wehrmachts Schlepper)

Major Walter Schmidt
05-27-2008, 10:28 AM
Sdkfz251s equipted with Infra red gear.

colonel hogan
01-06-2009, 08:45 PM
nice hanomags