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SdKfz 250/ 4 Liechte Beobachtungspanzerwagen (Artillery Observation)
Ordnance classification - SdKfz 250/4

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The SdKfz 250/ 4 Liechte Beobachtungspanzerwagen was designed in 1940, manufactured by Westerhutte, Deutsche Werke and Wumag based on the existing half track SdKfz 250 and was in use from 1941 to 1945.

SdKfz 250/ 4 Liechte Beobachtungspanzerwagen(Artillery Observation) scale illustration

General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1941 - 1945
Ordnance classificationSdKfz 250/4
Quantity Produced0
Weight5.7 tonne
Crew4
M.G's small1
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
Length4.77 mtr
Width1.97 mtr
Height2.15 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed38 mph
Max Cross Country Speed19 mph
Range Road200 miles
Range Cross Country100 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacityunknown
Horse Power100 hp
Power/Weight17 hp/tonne
General Information
The SdKfz 250/ 4 Liechte Beobachtungspanzerwagen was designed in 1940, manufactured by Westerhutte, Deutsche Werke and Wumag based on the existing half track SdKfz 250 and was in use from 1941 to 1945.

The vehicle was powered by Maybach 'HL42TUKRM' petrol powerplant producing 100 HP which could drive the vehicle on roads at up to 38 mph with a range of about 200 miles before refuelling. Its cross country performance was good providing a max speed of about 19 mph and a range of about 100 miles.

It was armed with 1 light machine gun , a 7.92mm MG 34. Artillery observation vehicle using FuG15 or Fug16 radio, originally used to support StuG batallions.

Armour Details
Turret
Frontn/a
Siden/a
Rearn/a
Topn/a
Superstructure
Front10mm@30°(12mm)
Side8mm@35°(10mm)
Rear8mm@17°(8mm)
Topn/a
Hull
Front15mm@12°(15mm)
Side8mm@30°(9mm)
Rear8mm@45°(11mm)
Top6mm@90°(6mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 15 mm - Minimum 6 mm



Weapon Details
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7.92mm MG 34
7.92mm Maschinengewehr 34
(translates as Machine Gun)
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History
Derived from the Solothern Maschinengewehr Modell 30, it became the main machine gun for the German army. It could be fitted with a bipod for infantry use, an Anti Aircraft mount, or a heavy tripod to turn the gun into a heavy machine gun.
ManufacturerMauser-Werke
Manufactured1936 - 1943
Calibre7.92mm
LengthL/79
Rate of Fire800 rpm
Number of Rounds 2010
 
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Explosive Content
S.m.K(AP)
7.92mm 0.012Kg 785M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 8mm@100m/30°
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.2
Penetration(mm@30°) 5
Penetration(mm@0°) 6
Hit Probability(%) 98


 
S.m.K.H tungsten cored(AP)
7.92mm 0.013Kg 910M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 13mm@100m/30°
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.13
Penetration(mm@30°) 3
Penetration(mm@0°) 4
Hit Probability(%) 98

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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