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SdKfz 231 Schwere Panzerspähwagen (6 rad - Magirus)
Ordnance classification - SdKfz 231

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The SdKfz 231 Schwere Panzerspähwagen was designed in 1929, manufactured by Magirus based on the existing 6 x 4 drive 6 Wheel Armoured and was in use from 1932 to 1941.

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General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1932 - 1941
Ordnance classificationSdKfz 231
Quantity Produced50
Weight5.35 tonne
Crew4
M.G's small1
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
Length5.62 mtr
Width1.81 mtr
Height2.25 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed44 mph
Max Cross Country Speed6 mph
Range Road188 miles
Range Cross Country56 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacityunknown
Horse Power65 hp
Power/Weight12 hp/tonne
General Information
The SdKfz 231 Schwere Panzerspähwagen was designed in 1929, manufactured by Magirus based on the existing 6 x 4 drive 6 Wheel Armoured and was in use from 1932 to 1941.

The vehicle was powered by Magirus 's88' petrol powerplant producing 65 HP which could drive the vehicle on roads at up to 44 mph with a range of about 188 miles before refuelling. Its cross country performance was reasonable providing a max speed of about 6 mph and a range of about 56 miles.

It was armed with 1 light machine gun , a 7.92mm MG 13. The Sdkfz 231 was the first heavy armoured car developed by Germany before World War II and was based on a modified 6 x 4 truck chassis.
The vehicle had a rear driving position therefore could be driven backwards.

The Magirus version was armed with an MG13 machine gun in the rotating turret.

Armour Details
Turret
Front8mm@(8mm)
Side8mm@30°(9mm)
Rear8mm@30°(9mm)
Top5mm@75°(5mm)
Superstructure
Front8mm@25°(9mm)
Side8mm@37°(10mm)
Rear8mm@30°(9mm)
Top5mm@80°(5mm)
Hull
Front8mm@25°(9mm)
Side8mm@35°(10mm)
Rear8mm@25°(9mm)
Top5mm@80°(5mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 10 mm - Minimum 5 mm



Weapon Details
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7.92mm MG 13
7.92mm Maschinengewehr 13
(translates as Machine Gun)
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History
Light Machine gun developed from the water cooled Dreyse 1st World War machine gun without its water cooled jacket, and incorporating a bipod.
ManufacturerRheinische Metallwaaren
Manufactured1933 - 1942
Calibre7.92mm
LengthL/90
Rate of Fire650 rpm
Number of Rounds 1500
 
 
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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