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Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (7,5) (Sd Kfz 233)

Description

The Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (7,5) (Sd Kfz 233) was designed to give armored reconnaissance companies more firepower against armored targets. Until then, armored cars had been armed either with a machine gun, such as the Leichter Panzerspähwagen (Sd Kfz 221), or a 20 mm autocannon, such as the Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (Sd Kfz 232).

The chassis was based on that of the eight-wheeled Panzerfunkwagen (Sd Kfz 263) armored radio vehicle, and used the short 75 mm gun of the early Sturmgeschütz III, which was being upgraded to a longer 75 mm gun.

Production ran from July 1942 to October 1943, with 129 built. The vehicle served on all fronts, including in North Africa. It was superceeded by the Schwere Panzerspähwagen (Sd Kfz 234).

Technical Details

Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (7,5) (Sd Kfz 233)
Crew
Crew 3
Physical Characteristics
Weight 8.7 t
Length 5.85 m
Width 2.2 m
Height 2.25 m
Armour
Armour (range) 5-30 mm
Performance
Speed (max) 85 km/h
Armament
Primary weapon 7,5 cm K (L/24) (1)
Secondary weapon 7,92 mm MG 34 (1)

Images

Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (7,5) (Sd Kfz 233) in North Africa.

Further Reading

Sources

  1. DOYLE, David. Standard Catalog of German Military Vehicles. Iola, WI : KP Books, 2005. 512 p. ISBN 0-87349-783-X.