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The German Schwerer Panzerspähwagen Series of Armoured Cars.

Overview

The Schwerer Panzerspähwagens were used for reconnaissance, cavalry and screening missions. Their primary role was observation and assessment. They were rarely used as fighting units but would occasionally engage enemy recon elements and during police events. The 234 sub-series was an exception, sometimes engaging light tanks.

Specifications

Generic

  • Weight: 8.3t
  • Length: 5.9m (19ft 4in)
  • Width: 2.2m (7ft 3in)
  • Height: 2.9m (9ft 6in)
  • Crew: 4 (Exceptions apply)
  • Armour: 8~15mm (.31~.59in)
  • Engine: Büssing-NAG L8V-G 8-cylinder Petrol, 155hp (115.58kW)
  • Suspension: 6 or 8 Wheeled
  • Operational Range: 300km (186mi)
  • Speed: 85km/h (53mph)

There was generally 2 drivers, one at the front and one at the back. This allowed the vehicle to be driven either direction with equal ease. There was multiple reverse gears.

SdKfz 234

  • Weight: 10500 kg (23148lb)
  • Length: 6.02m (19ft 9in)
  • Width: 2.36m (7ft 9in)
  • Height: 2.1m (6ft 10in)
  • Crew: 4
  • Armour: 9~30mm (.35~1.18in)
  • Engine: 14825cc (905in3) Tatra 103 V12 Diesel, 210hp (157kW)
  • Suspension: Wheeled
  • Operational Range: 1000km (625mi)
  • Speed: 80km/h (49mph)

Variants

There is a large amount of Schwerer Panzerspähwagens, with different roles.

6-Rad (6-Wheeled)

SdKfz 231

The first of the German Armoured Cars, the 231 was armed with a 2cm Kampfwagenkanone 30 L/55 autocannon, and a coaxial 7.92x57mm Maschinengewehr 13. This model was used until mid 1941, when it was then withdrawn from combat for use in internal security and training.

SdKfz 232

The 232 carried a Fu.Ger.11 SE 100 and Fu.Spr.Ger "a" radios. This vehicle had a special turret which had a special joint allowing for the large radio bedstead to be connected while allowing for full 360° turret traverse.

SdKfz 263

The Schwerer Funkspähwagen, equipped with long range radio equipment and additional crew for it, there was no turret in this model and was only equipped with a single Ball Mounted 7.92x57mm Maschinengewehr 34.

8-Rad (8-Wheeled)

SdKfz 232

The Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (Fu) SdKfz 232 (8-rad)

SdKfz 233

The Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (7,5cm) SdKfz 233

SdKfz 234/1

The SdKfz 234/1 was equipped with a 2cm Kampwagenkanone 38 L/55 and a coaxial 7.92x57mm Maschinengewehr 34 or Maschinengewehr 42 in an open topped turret. The open top was protected from grenades by a mesh wire frame cover.

SdKfz 234/2

The Schwered Panzerspähwagen SdKfz 234/2 "Puma" was equipped with the turret from the cancelled VK16.02 Leopard project, mounting a 5cm Kampwagenkanone 39/1 L/60 and a coaxial 7.92x57mm Maschinengewehr 34. 101 of these were produced between September 1943 and September 1944.

SdKfz 234/3

The Schwered Panzerspähwagen SdKfz 234/2 "Stummel" was equipped with an open-topped superstructure mounting a 7,5cm Kanone 51 L/24, a special built version of the 7,5cm Kampwagenkanone 37. 88 of these were built between June and December of 1944.

SdKfz 234/4

The Schwered Panzerspähwagen SdKfz 234/2 "Pakwagen" was equipped with an open-topped superstructure mounting a 7,5cm Panzerabwehrkanone 40 L/46. 89 of these were built between December 1944 and March 1945.

SdKfz 263

The Panzerfunkwagen SdKfz 263 (8-rad) was an 8-wheeled Armoured Car, with anopen-topped fixed superstructure with a single 7.92x57mm Maschinengewehr 34. It was a dedicated radio vehicle with the bedstead frame aerial.

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