Sd.Kfz. 251 – Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251

German panzergrenadiers and their Sd.Kfz. 251 armoured half-track in the Soviet Union, August 1942.

The Sd.Kfz. 251 German Afrikakorps soldiers in an armored personnel carrier Sd.Kfz.251/1 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251) Ausf.B advances past the fortified Fort Mechili in Cyrenaica/Libya, Western Desert, North Africa, 8 April 1941.(Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251) half-track was an armored fighting vehicle designed and first built by the Hanomag company during World War II, and based on their earlier, unarmored Sd.Kfz. 11 vehicle. The larger of the pair (the Sd.Kfz. 250 being the lighter one) of the fully armored wartime half-tracks of the Wehrmacht, the Sd.Kfz. 251 was designed to transport the panzergrenadiers of the German mechanized infantry corps into battle. Sd.Kfz. 251s were the most widely produced German half-tracks of the war, with over 15,252 vehicles and variants produced by various manufacturers, and were commonly referred to simply as “Hanomags” by both German and Allied soldiers.

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Sd.Kfz. 251/7 I – Pionierpanzerwagen. Another assault engineer vehicle with fittings to carry assault bridge ramps on the sides. 251/7 II – As above but with different radio.

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