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Germany's SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t half track

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SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t, prototype:
Germany's SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t, prototype

SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t, prototype:
Germany's SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t, prototype

SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t:
Germany's SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t
Imperial War Museum - STT7084

SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t:
Germany's SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t
Imperial War Museum - STT667

SdKfz 10/2 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t:
Germany's SdKfz 10/2 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t
Imperial War Museum - STT7084

Leichte Selbstfahrlafette (Demag DII, 3) 2cm Flak 304:
Germany's Leichte Selbstfahrlafette (DemagDII, 3) 2cm Flak 30

2cm FlaK auf Fahrgestell Zugkraftwagen 1t (SdKfz 10/4), Demag D74:
Germany's 2cm FlaK auf Fahrgestell Zugkraftwagen 1t (SdKfz 10/4), Demag D7
Bundesarchiv, Koblenz

2cm FlaK 30 (SdKfz 10/4):
Germany's 2cm FlaK 30 (SdKfz 10/4)

2cm FlaK auf Fahrgestell Zugkraftwagen 1t (SdKfz 10/4):
Germany's 2cm FlaK auf Fahrgestell Zugkraftwagen 1t (SdKfz 10/4)

Leichte Selbstfahrlafette (2cm Flak 38) SdKfz 10/54:
Germany's Leichte Selbstfahrlafette (2cm Flak 38) SdKfz 10/5

SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t:
Germany's SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t

5cm Pak 38 (Sf) auf leichter Selbstfahrlafette4:
Germany's 5cm Pak 38 (Sf) auf leichter Selbstfahrlafette
Bundesarchiv, Koblenz

SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t:
Germany's SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t

SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t:
Germany's SdKfz 10 leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t

Design

Started in 1932 as an Army request.2

It's purpose was to carry 8 light infantry or tow weapons.

Some of the guns it towed were the:

It was the basis for the SdKfz 250 armored halftracks.

Prototype

The D 7 prototype was finished in 1934.2

Production

  • D 7 Prototype:
    • Manufacturer: Demag of Wetter-Ruhr2,3
  • SdKfz 10: >17,0002
    • Production: 1937 - 19442
  • SdKfz 10/4: 6101
  • Manufacturer:
    • Up to 1943: Sauerwerke at Vienna
    • After 1943: Mechanische Werke at Cottbus

Variants

  • SdKfz 10, Demag D7: Prototype.2
  • SdKfz 10: Production vehicle.
  • SdKfz 10/1: Chemical reconnaissance vehicle.2
  • SdKfz 10/2; SdKfz 10/3: Chemical decontamination vehicles.2
  • 2cm FlaK auf Fahrgestell Zugkraftwagen 1t (SdKfz 10/4): Anti-aircraft.2,3,4 Had a 2 cm Flak 30 mounted.3 Sides and rear could be folded down to create a platform.2 Extra armor was placed over the driver.2
  • Leichte Selbstfahrlafette (2cm Flak 38) SdKfz 10/5: Anti-aircraft.2,4 Modified to carry the 20 mm Flak 38.4 Sides and rear would fold down to create a platform.2 Extra armor was placed over the driver.2,4
  • Leichte Selbstfahrlafette (Demag DII, 3) 2cm Flak 30: Third prototype of the SdKfz 10 modified to carry a 2cm Flak gun.4 Had a crew of seven and weighed five tons.4
  • 5cm Pak 38 (Sf) auf leichter Selbstfahrlafette: Carried a 5cm Pak 38 on a pedestal mount.4
  • 3.7cm Pak auf le Zgkw: Complete 3.7cm Pak 35/36 mounted.4 Crew of 5 and weighed 5.5 tons.4

Usage

The SdKfz 10/4 and SdKfz 10/5 were used by ground forces instead of the Luftwaffe.2

Specifications

  SdKfz 10
Crew 2+6 passengers
82
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 10,803 lb2
4,900 kg2
Weight - empty 3,400 kg3
Weight - loaded 4,900 kg3
Length 15' 6.6"2
4.723, 4.74 m2
Height 5' 3.8"2
1.62 m2, 1.75 m3
Width 6'2
1.82 m3, 1.83 m2
Ground clearance 1' 0.75"
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure (psi) 128
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach NL 38 TRKM
Maybach HL 382
Maybach HL423
OR Maybach HL 42 TRKM
Maybach HL 422
Cylinders 62
Net HP 1002
NL: 100
HL: 110
HL42: 1003
Transmission 7 forward, 3 reverse
Fuel type Gasoline2
Octane 74
Capacity (gallons) 30.3
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 40 mph
65 kph3
Speed - Cross Country 27.9 mph
Range - Road 93 miles, 205 miles
Turning Radius 29.5'
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing 4' 11"
Vertical Obstacle 2' 3"
Suspension (Type) Torsion bar
Wheels: Trans Leaf Spring3
Tracks: Torsion bar3
Wheels each side 5
Return rollers each side  
Track length 21' 6"
Tires 2
Track width 9"
Track centers/tread  
  SdKfz 10/4
Crew 71,4
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 5.5 tons1,4
Weight - empty  
Weight - loaded  
Length 4.75 m1
Height 2 m1
Width 1.93 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure (psi)  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm Flak 304
20 mm FlaK 30 L/112.51
OR 20 mm FlaK 38 L/112.51
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 2801
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) Late models: 8 mm gun shields1
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL38TRKM1
OR  
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Transmission 7 forward, 3 reverse.1
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity (gallons)  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand.1
Speed - Road 65 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 300 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits FlaK30: -12° to +90°1
FlaK38: -20° to +90°1
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  
  SdKfz 10/5
Crew 74
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 5.5 tons4
Weight - empty  
Weight - loaded  
Length  
Height  
Width  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure (psi)  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 2cm Flak 384
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
OR  
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Transmission  
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity (gallons)  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  3. Halbkettenfahrzeuge, German Half-Track Vehicles 1939-1945, J. Williamson, 1972
  4. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
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