Appendix

Artillery Prime Movers

Sd.Kfz.2

Sd.Kfz.7

Sd.Kfz.8

Sd.Kfz.9

Sd.Kfz.10

Sd.Kfz.11

Maultier

Variants of the Sd.Kfz.251

251/1a Schützen Panzer Wg

Versions: Ausf ABCD

Carried ten riflemen and all their equipment, plus a two-man crew consisting of a driver and commander. Two MG34s were fitted.

251/1b Schützen Panzer Wg

Versions: Ausf ABC

Carried nine fully equipped riflemen and a heavy mount for the MG34.

251 Schütz Panzer Wg Wurfrahmen

Versions: Ausf ABCD

Mounted of launch crates containing ‘Wurfrahmen’ rockets. Six of these heavy 280mm HE or 320mm napalm rocket launched projectiles could be carried. The rockets were launched with the crew outside the vehicle.

251/2 Schütz Panzer Wg Granatenwurfer

Versions: Ausf CD

Introduced in early 1941 and carried an 80mm mortar. The mortar could be fired both from inside the vehicle or dismounted outside on a ground plate carried on the superstructure.

251/3 Funk Panzer Wg

Versions: Ausf CD

Designed primarily for light ordnance such as the 37mm PaK 36, 50mm PaK 38, 75mm PaK 40 and the heavier infantry gun the 105mm leFH 18. In early 1943, the 251/3 reverted to a communications role.

251/6 Kommand Panzer Wg

Versions: Ausf ABCD

A commanders vehicle, later equipped with various decoding and deciphering apparatus and a variety of radios and antenna.

251/7 Pioneer Panzer Wg

Versions: Ausf CD

To provide transportation for various engineer sections and their equipment.

251/8 Krankenpanzerwagen

Versions: Ausf BCD

An armoured ambulance which could carry two stretchers and four seated wounded.

Later models had redesigned doors to allow for easy entry and exit.

251/9 Schütz Panzer Wg 75mm K Kanonenwagen

Versions: Ausf CD

Fitted with a forward-firing 75mm KwK 37 L/24 gun and was used to provide armoured reconnaissance units with fire support.

251/10 Schütz Panzer Wg 37mm Pak

Versions: Ausf ABCD

Primarily designed to carry the 37mm PaK 36 which was fitted on top of the armour above the driver and co-driver. Later, a mounting for the gun and an armoured shield were fitted.

251/11 Fernsprech Panzer Wg

Versions: Ausf C

Served as an armoured cable-laying vehicle.

251/12 Messtr u Geräte Panzer Wg

Versions: Ausf BC

Introduced as an artillery survey section vehicle which specialized in artillery observation.

251/13 Schallaufn Panzer Wg

Versions: Ausf C

Equipped with instruments to record and examine the sound of enemy artillery batteries and then locate their position.

251/14 Schallausw Panzer Wg

Versions: Ausf C

Equipped with specialized sound ranging instruments to interpret the sound of enemy artillery and then locate their position.

251/15 Lichtausw Panzer Wg

Versions: Ausf C

Equipped with flash spotting instruments to interpret the flashes of enemy artillery and then locate their position.

251/16 Mittlerer Flammpanzerwagen

Versions: Ausf CD

Fitted with two 14mm Flammenwerfer, one on each side of the superstructure, which were fitted with armoured shields.

251/17 Mittlerer Schützenpanzerwagen (20mm) Flak

Fitted with either a 20mm Flak 30 or Flak 38. Designed primarily for anti-aircraft protection.

251/18 Mittlerer Beobachtungspanzerwagen

Versions: Ausf CD

Used as a mobile observation post and command vehicle, replacing the 251/6.

251/19 Mittlerer Fernsprech-Betriebspanzerwagen

Versions: Ausf D

Served as an armoured telephone relay unit.

251/22 Mittleren Schützenpanzerwagen 75mm Pak 40

Versions: Ausf D

Introduced to carry the 75mm Pak 40.

Variants of the light Sd.Kfz.250

Sd.Kfz.250/1 Schützenpanzerwagen

Introduced for various reconnaissance tasks. It was also used as a platoon and company commander’s vehicle. The command vehicle was equipped with various decoding and deciphering apparatus and a variety of radios and antenna.

Sd.Kfz.250/2 Fernsprechpanzerwagen

Entered service as an armored telephone cable layer and was also used as an observation vehicle. The vehicle could lay up to three cables at a time.

Sd.Kfz.250/3 Funkpanzerwagen

This vehicle was a communications vehicle and was fitted with a variety of radios and antenna.

Sd.Kfz.250/4 Truppenluftschützpanzerwagen

This vehicle was an air liason and observation vehicle and was used by Luftwaffe forward air controllers to contact aircraft and guide them onto their targets.

Sd.Kfz.250/5 Beobachtungspanzerwagen

This vehicle was a forward observation vehicle for assault gun batteries.

Sd.Kfz.250/6 Munitionspanzerwagen

This vehicle served as an ammunition carrier for assault guns. The vehicle could be fitted internally to carry either seventy rounds for the short 75mm StuK 37 L/24 gun or sixty rounds for the long 75mm StuK 40 L/43 gun.

Sd.Kfz.250/7 Schützenpanzerwagen schwerer Granatwerfer

This vehicle was adapted to carry the 80mm mortar.

Sd.Kfz.250/8 Schützenpanzerwagen 75mm

Fitted with a forward firing 75mm KwK 37 L/24 gun. It was used to provide armored reconnaissance units with integral fire support.

Sd.Kfz.250/9 Schützenpanzerwagen 20mm

Built primarily to replace the wheeled armored cars, which were unsuitable for the terrain conditions in Russia. The turret assembly of the Sd.Kfz.222 was fitted on to the top of the superstructure, which was roofed to accommodate it.

Sd.Kfz.250/10 Schützenpanzerwagen 37mm PaK

Built with the standard 37mm PaK 36 fitted on top of the armor above the driver and co-driver. Later, a mounting for the gun and an armored shield were fitted.

Sd.Kfz.250/11 Schützenpanzerwagen schwere Panzerbüchse

This vehicle replaced the Sd.Kkfz.250/10 as the platoon commanders vehicle.

Sd.Kfz.250/12 Messtruppanzerwagen

This vehicle was built to replace the Sd.Kfz.251/13. It was used as an artillery survey and observation vehicle.

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