Image: Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf D
YearSeptember 1943
Vehicle TypeMedium Personnel Carrier
Origin & DesignerGermany/ MNH, Wumag, Hanomag, Weserhütte, Schichau, Büssing-NAG, Deutsche Werke & Borgward
Numbers Produced10.602
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 Carried2.010 x 7.92mm
Combat Weight8.610 kg
Ground Clearance0.30m
Fording Depth0.50m
Trench Crossing1.98m
Obstacle Clearance0.80m
Climbing Ability24°
RadioFuG Spr. Ger. F
ArmourLower Hull Front: 15mm
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)
NotesIn 1943 it was decided to simplify the Sd.Kfz 251 by constructing a new body, this new look made production easier and aided faster production. The new hull had a sloped rear and new storage compartments were added to the hull sides. The new model was known as the Ausf D. It was issued in the same roles as the earlier models and was used on every front.