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Sdkfz 254 Mittlere Gepanzerte Beobachtungskraftwagen

General Details
Specifications
Manufacture Date(s)1938 - 1945
Quantity Produced128
Weightunknown
Crew7
M.G's small1
M.G's large(>10mm)0
Length4.56 mtr
Width2.20 mtr
Height1.88 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed38 mph
Max Cross Country Speed10 mph
Range Road313 miles
Range Cross Country0 miles
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Capacity0 gal
Horse Power70 hp
Power/Weightunknown
General Information
The SdKfz 254 was originally designed in Austria as an artillery tractor RK-7 by the Saurer company for the Austrian army.

The Germans on taking over Austria in 1938 designated the vehicle as the SdKfz 245 and produced it as an artillery observation vehicle.

The vehicle was unusual as it would normally run on wheels when on the road, but the tracks could be lowered to provide a much enhanced performance across country.

Armour Details
Turret
Front0mm@0°(0mm)
Side0mm@0°(0mm)
Rear0mm@0°(0mm)
Top0mm@0° n/a
Superstructure
Front15mm@40°(20mm)
Side8mm@35°(10mm)
Rear8mm@15°(8mm)
Top6mm@90°(6 mm)
Hull
Front15mm@20°(16mm)
Side8mm@0°(8mm)
Rear8mm@15°(8mm)
Top6mm@90°(6 mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 16 mm - Minimum 6 mm


Weapon Details
 
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Quoted Penetration
 
No ammunition details available
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs)
Penetration(mm)
Hit Probability(%)

Hit probability is based on a static 2 x 2.4 metre panel at 0 degrees(vertical) at the range specified.

The data that has been used to create these records has come from Wikipedia, The Lone Sentry, The Bundes Archive and numerous books and websites that have provided the detailed information that has not been available anywhere else. The information we use to calculate the penetration tables, flight times and the hit probability comes from the Gun Calibre, the Shell Mass(Kg) and the muzzle velocity, plus range reductions to allow for gravity and wind resistance. This calculation originally came from a pre-war Krupp calculation which has been modified, and seems to fit the actual test results.

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