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World War 2 German Reconnaissance Vehicles (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/14/2015

The German Army understood - better than most - the value of the fast, armed reconnaissance vehicle in World War 2.





There are a total of (19) World War 2 German Reconnaissance Vehicles (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Those vehicles captured and put into service with the German Army are also included in this listing.




1940
Autoblinda 40/41 (AB 40/41)
Land combat of World War 2 went beyond the storied engagements involving masses of tank formations. ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Autoblinda 40/41 (AB 40/41)

1938
BA-10 / BA-32
Armored cars played a major role in warfare during World War 1 for their ease of production and mach... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BA-10 / BA-32

1933
BT-5 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
The BT series of Soviet "Fast Tanks" was born out of a John Walter Christie design in the early 1930... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BT-5 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)

1934
BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
In the latter portion of the 1920s, the Soviet Army began looking to modernize their fleet of aging ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)

1941
Half-Track Personnel Carrier M3
No image of the American military effort in World War 2 is complete without the appearance of the M3... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Half-Track Personnel Carrier M3

1916
Lancia Ansaldo IZ / IZM
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lancia Ansaldo IZ / IZM

1938
SdKfz 10 leichter ZugKraftwagen lt
Like other German military systems of World War 2 (1939-1945), the SdKfz 10 series half-track was de... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 10 leichter ZugKraftwagen lt

1935
SdKfz 101 Panzerkampfwagen I (PzKpfW I) / Panzer 1
Few could have known what the inception of the Panzer I into the German Army inventory during the mi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 101 Panzerkampfwagen I (PzKpfW I) / Panzer 1

1936
SdKfz 121 Panzerkampfwagen II (PzKpfW II) / Panzer 2
While development of the of the Pz.Kpf.W. I (Panzer I) light tank (Sd.Kfz. 121) was still ongoing, t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 121 Panzerkampfwagen II (PzKpfW II) / Panzer 2

1943
SdKfz 123 Panzerspahwagen II (Luchs)
Germany's early collection of tanks in World War 2 (1939-1945) was made up of the Panzer I, Panzer I... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 123 Panzerspahwagen II (Luchs)

1935
SdKfz 221 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)
During the German military rearmament of the 1930s, the Army began to take on stocks of armored vehi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 221 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)

1938
SdKfz 222 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)
Adoption of the SdKfz 221 series of armored cars in 1935 by the German Army eventually led to a broa... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 222 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)

1936
SdKfz 223 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)
The SdKfz 223 was part of a larger family of German light armored cars that began with the SdKfz 221... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 223 (Leichter Panzerspahwagen)

1936
SdKfz 231 / 232/ 233 / 263 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (8-rad)
Mobility was always to play a key role in the early German blitzkrieg campaigns of World War 2 (1939... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 231 / 232/ 233 / 263 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (8-rad)

1935
SdKfz 231 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (6-rad)
Following the end of World War 1, the victors placed the blame of the war squarely on the German Emp... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 231 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (6-rad)

1943
SdKfz 234 (Puma)
The SdKfz 234 (generally known as the "Puma") was a key 8-wheeled, armed reconnaissance platform uti... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 234 (Puma)

1939
SdKfz 250 leichter Schutzenpanzerwagen
The SdKfz 250 series was just one in the long line of German-produced halftrack systems in World War... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 250 leichter Schutzenpanzerwagen

1942
T-70
In October of 1941 - four months after the German invasion of the Soviet Union through "Operation Ba... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the T-70

1942
Volkswagen Schwimmwagen
None of the major armies of World War 2 (1939-1945) was complete without specialized vehicles to ful... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Volkswagen Schwimmwagen