Leichte Panzerspähwagen 2cm Sd.Kfz.222


Sd.Kfz.222 / North Africa
Sd.Kfz.222 / North Africa

Sd.Kfz.222 / North Africa
Sd.Kfz.222 / North Africa

Sd.Kfz.222
Sd.Kfz.222

Sd.Kfz.222
Sd.Kfz.222

Sd.Kfz.222
Sd.Kfz.222

Sd.Kfz.222
Sd.Kfz.222

Sd.Kfz.222
Sd.Kfz.222

Sd.Kfz.222
Sd.Kfz.222

Front Body Section

Rear Body Section

Chassis and 20mm gun mount

Chassis and 20mm gun mount

Horch 3.8l engine

Front End

Chassis

Finished Vehicle

Sd.Kfz.222 light armored car was a modified version of Sd.Kfz.221 designed to carry20mm automatic cannon instead of a machine gun.

Development of this new armored car was done by Eisenwerk Weserhuette AG in Bad Oeynhausen,while chassis was provided by Horchwerke of Auto-Union in Zwickau. Final assembly was done byF.Schichau of Elbing and MHN in Hannover-Linden.

Production started in 1936 and till June of 1943, 989 were produced by Weserhuette, Schichau, MHN and Buessing-NAG. Early models (Ausf A 1936-1939) were powered by Horch 3.5l gasoline engine, while later models (Ausf B 1940-1943) by Horch 3.8l gasoline engine. Later models had also improved armor protection (up to 30mm) and werebased on sPkw 1 Type V chassis with hydraulic brake system.

Sd.Kfz.222 was eventually replaced byheavier Sd.Kfz.234 series but remained in service to the end of the war.

In 1938, some 12 were sold to China along with 18 Sd.Kfz.221. Sd.Kfz.222 along with Sd.Kfz.223 were also sold to Bulgaria.

Specifications

Weight: 4800kg
Crew: 3 men
Engine: Horch 3.5l / 8-cylinder / 75hp (early)
Horch 3.8l / 8-cylinder / 90hp (late)
Speed: Road: 85km/h
Cross-Country: –km/h
Range: Road: 300km
Cross-Country: —km
Fuel Capacity: — litres
Lenght: 4.80m
Width: 1.95m
Height: 2.00m
Armament: 20mm KwK 30/38 L/55
7.92mm MG34
Ammo: 20mm – 180 rounds
7.92mm – 1050 rounds
Armor: 5-8mm

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