Image: Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf C
YearJune 1939 (Ausf A)
January 1940 (Ausf B)
January 194
Vehicle TypeMedium Personnel Carrier
Origin & DesignerGermany/ MNH, Wumag, Hanomag, Weserhütte, Schichau & Borgward
Numbers ProducedSd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf A: 232
Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf B:
Crew2 + 10 Troops
Main Armament1 x 7.92mm MG34 (Pivot)
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-11° to +20°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse60°
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight[@gun_sight]
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm MG34 (Pedestal)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried2.100 x 7.92mm
Combat Weight8.500 kg
Ground Clearance0.30m
Fording Depth0.50m
Trench Crossing1.98m
Obstacle Clearance0.80m
Climbing Ability24°
RadioFuG Spr. Ger. F
ArmourLower Hull Front: 14.5mm
Lower Hull Sides: 8mm
Lower Hull Rear: 8mm
Lower Hull Top: 6mm
Lower Hull Bottom: 6mm
Gun Shield: 4mm
Upper Hull Front: 10mm
Upper Hull Sides: 8mm
Upper Hull Rear: 8mm
Upper Hull Top: Open
EngineMaybach HL42TRKM (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range300 km
Maximum Cross Country Range150 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed53 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed21 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
VariantsSd.Kfz. 251/1: Schutzenpanzerwagen (Infantry Carrier)
Sd.Kfz. 251/2: Schutzenpanzerwagen (80mm Mortar Carrier)
Sd.Kfz. 251/3: Funkenpanzerwagen (Radio Vehicle)
Sd.Kfz. 251/4: Munitionspanzerwagen (Ammunition Carrier)
Sd.Kfz. 251/5: Schutzenpanzerwagen (Engineer Vehicle)
Sd.Kfz. 251/6: Kommanderpanzerwagen (Command Vehicle)
Sd.Kfz. 251/7: Pionierpanzerwagen (Engineer Vehicle)
Sd.Kfz. 251/8: Krankenpanzerwagen (Armoured Ambulance)
Sd.Kfz. 251/9: Schutzenpanzerwagen "Stummel" (75mm L/24 KwK 37)
Sd.Kfz. 251/10: Schutzenpanzerwagen (37mm L/45 PaK 36)
Sd.Kfz. 251/11: Fernschrechpanzerwagen (Mobile Telephone Exchange)
Sd.Kfz. 251/12: Messtrupp- n Geratpanzerwagen (Artillery Survey)
Sd.Kfz. 251/13: Schallaufnahmepanzerwagen (Artillery Sound Recorder)
Sd.Kfz. 251/14: Schallaufnahmepanzerwagen (Artillery Sound Ranger)
Sd.Kfz. 251/15: Lichtauswertepanzerwagen (Artillery Flash Spotter)
Sd.Kfz. 251/16: Flammpanzerwagen (2 x 140mm Flame-throwers)
Sd.Kfz. 251/17: Schutzenpanzerwagen (20mm L/65 KwK 38 FlaK Gun)
Sd.Kfz. 251/18: Beobachtungspanzerwagen (Observation)
Sd.Kfz. 251/19: Fernschprechbetriebspanzerwagen (Mobile Telephone Switchboard)
Sd.Kfz. 251/20: Schutzenpanzerwagen "Uhu" (Infrared Equipment Carrier)
Sd.Kfz. 251/21: Schutzenpanzerwagen “Drilling” (6 x 15mm MG131 FlaK Guns)
Sd.Kfz. 251/22: Schutzenpanzerwagen (75mm L/46 PaK 40)
Sd.Kfz. 251/23: Schutzenpanzerwagen (1 x 20mm L/65 KwK 38)
NotesThe Sd.Kfz 251/1 was light armoured halftrack designed to carry a ten man infantry squad plus a two man crew. It was issued to Panzer Grenadier regiments of either Panzer or Panzer Grenadier divisions. Early vehicles came in three models, with each having minor differences. Ausf A: Had side vision ports in hull for driver and co-driver + hull personnel.
Ausf B: Had side vision ports for driver and co-driver only.
Ausf C: Had an armoured shield for front machine gun a slightly different armour.
They were also converted for use in a number of roles and saw action on every front.