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  • SdKfz 250/8 leichter Schutzenpanzerwagen Fire Support Vehicle / 75mm Gun Carrier

    Surplus KwK 37 tank guns were fitted to SdKfz 250 halftrack hulls to create the SdKfz 250/8 series fire support vehicles for the German Army in World War 2.

     Updated: 4/6/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    One of the many variants developed out of the SdKfz 250 halftrack for the German Army during World War 2 (1939-1945) was the SdKfz 250/8. These vehicles were constructed as fire support platforms and properly armed while retaining the inherent capabilities of the SdKfz 250. They saw service until the end of the war in 1945.

    The SdKfz 250 was one of the more numerous of the German halftracks in the conflict, accounting for 6,628 units built by Demag, Adlerwerke, Bussing-NAG and MWC from 1941 to 1945. While lightly armored (up to 14.5mm of protection), the vehicles were relatively lightweight and multipurpose by nature and thus good candidates to be used as gun carriers. As the German Panzer IV series moved to the newer, longer KwK 40 series 75mm (7.5cm) main guns, its original short KwK 37 L/24 75mm weapon became available in large quantities. This made the SdKfz 250 the perfect conversion platform for the weapon which brought along the proven gun-mounting hardware fitted to the Sturmgeschutz series vehicles. The end result became the SdKfz 250/8 fire support halftrack.

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    SdKfz 250/8 leichter Schutzenpanzerwagen Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1944
    Type: Fire Support Vehicle / 75mm Gun Carrier
    National Origin: Nazi Germany
    Manufacturer(s): State Factories - Nazi Germany
    Production: 500

    Design (Crew Space, Dimensions, Weight, and Systems)

    Operating Crew: 4
    Length: 14.93 feet (4.55 meters)
    Width: 6.23 feet (1.90 meters)
    Height: 6.79 feet (2.07 meters)

    Operating Weight: 6 tons (5,715 kg; 12,599 lb)

    Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Protection: None.
    Nightvision Equipment: None.

    Installed Power and Standard Road Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Maybach HL42 TRKM 6-cylinder water-cooled, gasoline-fueled engine developing 99 horsepower.

    Maximum Road Speed: 43 mph (70 km/h)
    Maximum Road Range: 186 miles (300 km)

    Armament and Ammunition

    1 x 75mm KwK 37 L/24 howitzer
    1 x 7.92mm MG34 machine gun

    20 x 75mm projectiles
    500 x 7.92mm ammunition (estimated)

    Global Operators / Customers

    Nazi Germany

    Model Variants

    SdKfz 250/8 - Base Series Designation

    SdKfz 250/8 leichter Schutzenpanzerwagen 7.5cm - Long-form German Army designation.