Restored Sd.Kfz. 251/7 D (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251) half-track APC
Original 4170 cc, 6 cylinder Maybach HL 42 TUKRM engine
The Sd.Kfz. 251 was designed by the Hanomag company, based on its earlier, unarmored Sd.Kfz. 11 vehicle. It was designed to transport German infantry into battle and were commonly referred to as “Hanomags” by both German and Allied soldiers.
There were four main model modifications (A through D), which formed the basis for at least 22 variants. The initial idea was for a vehicle that could be used to transport a single squad of 10 infantrymen to the battlefield protected from enemy small arms fire, and with some protection from artillery fire. In addition, the standard mounting of at least one MG 34 or MG 42 machine gun allowed the vehicle to provide suppressive fire for the rifle squad both while they dismounted and in combat. This vehicle is equipped with an MG 42.
The armor plates were designed to provide protection against standard rifle/ machine gun bullets (like the 7.92×57mm Mauser bullet). The front-facing plates were 14.5mm thick; the sides were steeply angled, V-shape 8mm thick plates. This level of armor provided protection against normal (non-tungsten) rifle AP round, which could pierce about 8mm of vertical armor.
A strong design feature of the Sd. Kfz. 251 was the large track area, with the characteristic “slack track” design with no return rollers for the upper run of track. It also had the Schachtellaufwerk system of overlapping and interleaved main road wheels common to virtually all German half-tracks of the period.
The vehicle is in excellent condition and has been kept in a garage for the last few years in Prague, Czech Republic.
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