Sd Kfz 231 (6-rad) (2) - GE320
Sd Kfz 231 (6-Rad) (GE320)
with two Sd Kfz 231 (6-Rad) armoured cars.
The development of an armoured car that utilised the 6 x 4 truck chassis was ordered as early as 1929, with three companies being awarded contracts to design the vehicle. These primitive designs were little more than an armoured superstructure fitted to a modified truck chassis.
The Sd Kfz 231 (6-Rad) as it was designated first appeared in 1932 and featured a front mounted engine that drove the rear axles with the front set of axles providing the steering. This setup allowed a top road speed of 37mph.
Manned by a crew of four and protected by up to 8mm of armour plate, the Sd Kfz 231 (6-Rad) was armed with a 2cm KwK30 L/55 cannon and single 7.92cm MG13. Mounted is a turret at the rear of the vehicle, these weapons enjoyed a 360° traverse.
Other variants of the Sd Kfz 231 (6-Rad) included the Sd Kfz 232 (6-Rad) (Fu) which was identical but for the prominent bedstead frame aerial on top of the vehicle. The Sd Kfz 263 was a command vehicle and resembled the Sd Kfz 262 but was only armed with a single machine-gun in a fixed mount and carried a crew of five.
Regarded as a stop-gap measure, the Sd Kfz 231 (6-Rad) served during the campaigns in Poland and France before being withdrawn from frontline service. The remaining vehicles saw service behind the lines and in occupied countries.
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Chris Townley
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