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CHAPTER VII. WEAPONS
Section VI. ARMORED VEHICLES
5. Armored Cars
a. GENERAL. Two main types of armored cars still are in use in the German Army; the light four-wheeled, and heavy eight-wheeled vehicles. These have persisted almost without modification throughout the course of the war, and are vehicles entirely satisfactory in their role. A series of six-wheeled armored cars which existed before the outbreak of war apparently was unsatisfactory or redundant, for this type never has been met in action.
b. FOUR-WHEELED ARMORED CAR (Leichter
Panzerspähwagen 2 cm). (1) General. In addition to the
normal four-wheeled armored car, which is armed with a
c. EIGHT-WHEELED ARMORED CAR (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen 8 Rad). (1) General. The eight-wheeled armored car has appeared in a variety of subsidiary roles. In addition to the principal version (Sd. Kfz. 231), there are two radio vehicles (Sd. Kfz. 232 and 263), an armored car mounting the 7.5 cm Kw.K. 38 and having no turret, and the eight-wheeled armored car mounting a 5 cm Kw.K. 39 in a turret (Sd. Kfz. 234/2). The radio vehicles have large, rectangular, folding, frame aerials.
d. HALF-TRACKED ARMORED
CAR (Le. Schtz. Pz. Wg. 2 cm). (1) General. This
half-tracked armored car is armed with
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