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  • Maultier (Mule) Conversion Multirole Halftrack Vehicle

    The Maultier was a hasty half-track conversion of either Opel or Daimler-Benz military trucks for second-line battlefield roles.

     Updated: 5/11/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    Heading into 1942, the German Army understood, better than most, the value of the halftrack when wading through the snow and mud of the East Front. Halftracks maintained an advantage in such adverse conditions over their wheeled counterparts in that they could traverse soft terrains with little loss to momentum. However, the Army could little spare relocating front-line halftrack vehicles to handle other second-line tasks such as resupply so a new, cost-effective solution was sought.

    This ultimately arrived in the form of the 'Maultier" (or 'Mule') in which a Daimler-Benz or Opel military truck was simply reworked with a tank-like track-and-wheel rear axle. The front axle remained wheeled and was the steerable component in the arrangement. The rear axle was made up of the running gear of the outgoing Panzer II light tank series which, in itself, proved a highly economical measure for the Panzer II was available in some number still. Couple this with the general availability of Opel and Daimler-Benz trucks and the formula was, theoretically, a winning - if hasty - one. Most of the Maultier fleet would be made up of trucks from the Opel concern.

    In battlefield task, the trucks could retain their general multirole usefulness but their tactical value was now broadened as they could keep up with the mechanized fighting force across all manner of terrain presented.

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    Maultier (Mule) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1942
    Type: Conversion Multirole Halftrack Vehicle
    National Origin: Nazi Germany
    Manufacturer(s): State Factories - Nazi Germany
    Production: 5,000

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

    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 19.69 feet (6.00 meters)
    Width: 7.22 feet (2.20 meters)
    Height: 8.20 feet (2.50 meters)

    Operating Weight: 8 tons (7,100 kg; 15,653 lb)

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

    Installed Power and Standard Road Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Opel OR Daimler-Benz 6-cylinder gasoline-fueled engine of various makes and models with variable output power.

    Maximum Road Speed: 24 mph (38 km/h)

    Armament and Ammunition

    None typically. Personal weapons carried by the crew.

    Not Applicable.

    Global Operators / Customers

    Nazi Germany

    Model Variants

    Maultier ("Mule") - Base Series Designation; using either Opel or Daimler-Benz military transport trucks (also Alfa-Romeo and Ford in some cases); rear axle replaced by Panzer II light tank track-and-wheel systems.

    SdKfz 4 - Armored variant; armored at the cab and engine compartment.

    SdKfz 4/1 - Based on the armored SdKfz 4 though with Nebelwerfer 42 launcher containing 10 rockets over the hull.