Schwere Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.231 6-Rad


Schwere Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.231 6-Rad
Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (Fu) Sd.Kfz.232 6-Rad
Panzerfunkwagen Sd.Kfz.263 6-Rad

Sd.Kfz.231
Sd.Kfz.231

Sd.Kfz.232
Sd.Kfz.232

Sd.Kfz.263
Sd.Kfz.263

Development of heavy armored car based on 6 x 4 truck chassis started in June of 1929. Daimler-Benz, Buessing-NAG and Magirus were ordered to design 6 wheeled armored car based on the 6 x 4 truck chassis. Daimler-Benz provided G-3 (1928) and G-3a (1929), Buessing-NAG G-31 and Magirus M-206 truck chassis.

All chassis were similar with small technical differences.

As a result by 1932, new 6 wheeled armored car was ready. It was basically an armored body mounted on a modified truck chassis. All chassis had reinforced frame and suspension with dual steering at the front and rear.

Production started in 1932 and123 Sd.Kfz.231/232 and 28 Sd.Kfz.263 were produced to 1937 by Daimler-Benz (36 Sd.Kfz.231/232), Buessing-BAG (12 Sd.Kfz.231/232) and Magirus (75 Sd.Kfz.231/232). Armored bodies were produced by Deutschen Werke AG in Kiel and Deutsche Edelstahlwerke AG in Hannover-Linden.

Sd.Kfz.231/232 were issued to Aufklaerungs Abteilungs, while Sd.Kfz.263to Nachrichten (Signal) units, where they remained in active service during the Polishand French Campaign. Later, they were used for training purposes.

Specifications

Weight: 5350-6000kg
Crew: 4 men
Engine: Bussing-NAG G / 4-cylinder / 65hp
Daimler-Benz MO9 / 6-cylinder / 68hp
Magirus S88 / 6-cylinder / 70hp
Speed: Road: 70km/h
Cross-Country: –km/h
Range: Road: 300km
Cross-Country: —km
Fuel Capacity: — litres
Lenght: 5.57m
Width: 1.82m
Height: 2.25m
Armament: 20mm KwK 30 L/55 & 7.92mm MG13 – Sd.Kfz.231/232
7.92mm MG13 – Sd.Kfz.263
Ammo: 20mm – 200 rounds
7.92mm – 1500 rounds
Armor: 5-8mm

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