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SdKfz 251/ 1 Ausf A,B,C Armoured Personnel Carrier (Hanomag)
Ordnance classification - SdKfz 251/1

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The SdKfz 251/ 1 Ausf A,B,C Armoured Personnel Carrier was designed in 1936, manufactured by Hanomag Borgward based on the existing half track SdKfz 251 Ausf A and was in use from 1937 to 1945.

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SdKfz 251/ 1 Ausf A,B,C Armoured Personnel Carrier(Hanomag) scale illustration

General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1937 - 1945
Ordnance classificationSdKfz 251/1
Quantity Produced4650
Weight8 tonne
Crew12
M.G's small2
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
Length5.85 mtr
Width2.12 mtr
Height2.16 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed33 mph
Max Cross Country Speed16 mph
Range Road188 miles
Range Cross Country94 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacityunknown
Horse Power100 hp
Power/Weight12 hp/tonne
General Information
The SdKfz 251/ 1 Ausf A,B,C Armoured Personnel Carrier was designed in 1936, manufactured by Hanomag Borgward based on the existing half track SdKfz 251 Ausf A and was in use from 1937 to 1945.

The vehicle was powered by Maybach 'HL-42' petrol powerplant producing 100 HP which could drive the vehicle on roads at up to 33 mph with a range of about 188 miles before refuelling. Its cross country performance was good providing a max speed of about 16 mph and a range of about 94 miles.

It was armed with 2 light machine guns which were 7.92mm MG 34s. The SdKfz 251 series of vehicles were the first purpose built Armoured personel carriers. The vehicles could carry 10 panzer grenadiers in a small arms and shrapnel protected space.

Armour Details
Turret
Frontn/a
Siden/a
Rearn/a
Topn/a
Superstructure
Front10mm@33°(12mm)
Side8mm@35°(10mm)
Rear8mm@40°(10mm)
Topn/a
Hull
Front15mm@21°(16mm)
Side8mm@35°(10mm)
Rear8mm@30°(9mm)
Top6mm@90°(6mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 16 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
 
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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