TM-E 30-451 Handbook on German Military Forces

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6. Armored Personnel Carriers

A great variety of vehicles of the armored personnel-carrier type are in use in the German Army. Two types of chassis have been used for these: the 1-ton half-tracked prime mover (Sd. Kfz. 10) and the 3-ton half-tracked prime mover (Sd. Kfz. 11). These vehicles are armored only lightly (5 to 15 mm) and the plates are sloped like those on the armored cars. There has been a recent tendency to mount artillery (antiaircraft or antitank) up to 37-mm caliber in these vehicles. The following are examples of these vehicles:

On the 1-ton half-tracked chassis:
    Light Armored Troop Carrier   . . . . .   Sd. Kfz. 250.
    Light Armored Ammunition Carrier   . . . . .   Sd. Kfz. 252.
    Light Armored OP   . . . . .   Sd. Kfz. 253.
On the 3-ton half-tracked chassis:
    Medium Armored Troop Carrier   . . . . .   Sd. Kfz. 251.
    Armored Flamethrower Vehicle   . . . . .   Sd. Kfz. 251/16.
    Self-propelled Anti-tank Gun   . . . . .   3.7 cm Pak.
    Self-propelled Anti-aircraft Gun   . . . . .   2 cm Flak 36.


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