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Bussing-NAG sWS (Schwere Wehrmacht Schlepper)

Heavy-class Prime Mover Halftrack Vehicle

Bussing-NAG sWS (Schwere Wehrmacht Schlepper)

Heavy-class Prime Mover Halftrack Vehicle

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OVERVIEW



Around 1,000 sWS helftracks were produced for the German Army before the end of World War 2.
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ORIGIN: Nazi Germany
YEAR: 1943
MANUFACTURER(S): Bussing-NAG / Kolin Works - Nazi Germany
PRODUCTION: 1,000
OPERATORS: Nazi Germany
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SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Bussing-NAG sWS (Schwere Wehrmacht Schlepper) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
NBC PROTECTION: None.
NIGHTVISION: None.
ANTI-AIRCRAFT: Yes.
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None, save for any personal weapons carried by the crew. Anti-Aircraft Gun carriers fitted with various FlaK gun systems to serve as self-propelled units.

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VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• sWS ('schwere Wehrmacht Schlepper') - Base Series Designation.
• 3.7cm FlaK 43 auf sWS - Proposed self-propelled anti-aircraft gun vehicle.
• 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 (Zehuling) auf sWS - Self-propelled rocket-projecting vehicle; crew of five; 10 x rocket launcher arrangement over rear of vehicle; enclosed / armored crew cab; limited production numbers.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Bussing-NAG sWS (Schwere Wehrmacht Schlepper) Heavy-class Prime Mover Halftrack Vehicle.  Entry last updated on 5/10/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
As World War 2 (1939-1945) raged on for Germany, it was pressed upon the Wehrmacht (Army) service that its fleet of standardized halftrack prime mover vehicles were proving rather expensive and complicated to continue to produce en mass. Therefore, in 1942, it was decided to pursue a low-cost alternative and this charge fell to Bussing-NAG that year and, by the fall of 1943, a new system was readied for production. The product became the 'schwere Wehrmacht Schlepper' (or 'sWS') and was on the lines of two assembly plants - Bussing-NAG in Berlin and the Kolin Works at Ringhoffer-Tatra.

It was a heavy-class (6-ton range) halftrack system utilizing a traditional halftrack vehicle arrangement with a steerable, truck-like pair of wheels at front and a tank-like track-and-wheel arrangement under the rear of the chassis. The forward compartment contained the driver's position and a passenger seat (open-air). The rear of the vehicle could be arranged to accept various loads including troop benches and anti-aircraft gun systems. Power was from a single Maybach HL42 TRKMS six-cylinder, liquid-cooled gasoline-fueled engine of 100 horsepower (3,000rpm) and performance included a maximum road speed of 27 kmh with a range out to 300 kilometers (100km off-road). Dimensions included an overall length of 6.68 meters, a width of 2.5 meters and a height of 2.8 meters. No communications suite (radio) was fitted.




Beyond the base operational model for transporting troops was a dedicated MEDEVAC version with provision for stretchers and support staff. A frontline resupply variant held an armored front cab and protected engine compartment. One proposed form of this model was to feature an anti-aircraft gun (as the 3.7cm FlaK 43 auf sWS). There was also a rocket-projecting armored vehicle which seated a 10-tube launcher arrangement for 15cm battlefield rockets and an operating crew of five. Reloads were stowed within the hull of this variant (designated 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 (Zehuling) auf sWS).

The sWS was to become the new standardized prime mover halftrack for the German Army going forward. However, it too proved a complex and expensive piece of machinery to produce in the numbers required and therefore saw only 1,000 or so units completed before war's end. After that, a stock was taken on by the Czechoslovakian Army and used for a time longer.




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