Schwerer Zugkraftwagen 18t / Sd.Kfz.9 Late Model Type F3

Side View (right side).

Front View.

Side View (left side).

Front View.

Rear View.

Rear View.

Tracks (right side).

Doors (right side).

Doors (left side).

Maybach HL 108 TUKRM engine (right side).

Maybach HL 108 TUKRM engine (left side).

Engine Compartment (right side).

Engine Compartment (left side).


In 1936 was heavy 18t model – Schwerer Zugkraftwagen 18t (Sd.Kfz.9) appeared. This heavy half-tracked prime mover produced from 1939 to 1945 by FAMO, Vomag and Tatra. 2727 were produced and issued to heavy artillery and recovery units. They were used to tow 240mm heavy artillery pieces, 355mm heavy mortars and 128 Flak guns. Cost of single vehicle was 60000 RM. Small number was also mounted with 6 ton and 10 ton cranes and used by workshops. Sd.Kfz.9 were also used by Tiger units as recovery vehicles before introduction of the Bergepanther. Few were mounted with 88mm Flak guns – 8.8cm Flak 37 Selbstfahrlafette auf 18 ton Zugkraftwagen. There were 1276 in service as of March 1st of 1945.

Sd.Kfz.9 was also produced in following variants:

  • Sd.Kfz.9/1 – Drehkran (Hebekraft 6t) auf Fgst des schweren Zgkw 18t – 6 ton crane.
  • Sd.Kfz.9/2 – Drehkran (Hebekraft 10t) auf Fgst des schweren Zgkw 18t – 10 ton petrol-electric crane.


    All photographs were provided and are property of Ian Sadler.



    Specifications for Type F3:
    Type: Heavy Half-Tracked Prime Mover
    Production Period: 1939 to 1944
    Producers: FAMO, Vomag and Tatra
    Number Produced: approx. 2500 (all types)
    Gross Weight: 18000kg
    Empty Weight (with fuel and equipment): 12130kg
    Cargo Load (8 men and 1900kg cargo): 2870kg
    Total Length: 8.25m
    Total Width: 2.60m
    Total Height: 2.85m / 2.77m without canvas cover & windscreen
    Engine: Maybach HL 108 TUKRM / 230hp / 12-cylinder
    Tracks: Zgw. 50/400/200 / 440mm wide / 47 links per side
    Maximum Road Speed: 50km/h
    Range: 250km
    Towed Load (weight) Normal: 18000kg
    Fuel Capacity: 290l

    Sources:"German Heavy Half-Tracked Prime Movers 1934-1945" by Reinhard Frank.


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