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SdKfz 232 Schwere Panzerspähwagen (6 rad - Daimler Benz/Bussing NAG)
Ordnance classification - SdKfz 232

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The SdKfz 232 Schwere Panzerspähwagen was designed in 1931, manufactured by Daimler Benz/Bussing NAG based on the existing 6 x 4 drive 6 Wheel Truck and was in use from 1932 to 1941.

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SdKfz 232 Schwere Panzerspähwagen(6 rad - Daimler Benz/Bussing NAG) scale illustration

General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1932 - 1941
Ordnance classificationSdKfz 232
Quantity Produced11
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 232 Schwere Panzerspähwagen was designed in 1931, manufactured by Daimler Benz/Bussing NAG based on the existing 6 x 4 drive 6 Wheel Truck and was in use from 1932 to 1941.

The vehicle was powered by Bussing-NAG 'L8V' 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. Its main armament consisted of a 2.0cm KwK 30 L/55 which could penetrate 18 mm of flat plate at 100 metres

The Sdkfz 232 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 Daimler Benz or Bussing Nag versions were armed with a 2cm Kwk 30 L/55 gun in the rotating turret and was equipped with a short range bedstead radio to act as a commanders vehicle.

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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2.0cm KwK 30 L/55
2.0cm Kampfwagenkanone 30 L/55
(translates as Tank Gun)
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History
Used on the Panzer II.
ManufacturerMauser and Rheinmetall-Borsig
Manufactured1935 - 1945
Calibre20mm
LengthL/55
Rate of Fire120 rpm
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Explosive Content
2.0cm PzGr 39(AP)
20mm 0.12Kg 899M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 23mm @ 100mtr/30° ( ≈ 26mm/0°)
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.12 0.25 0.59 1.68
Penetration(mm@30°) 18 13 9 5
Penetration(mm@0°) 21 16 11 6
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 81


 
2.0cm PzGr 40(APCR)
20mm 0.115Kg 1060M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 40mm @ 100mtr/0° ( ≈ 40mm/0°)
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.1 0.21 0.47 1.26 2.88 7.67
Penetration(mm@30°) 35 31 25 17 10 4
Penetration(mm@0°) 41 36 30 20 12 5
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 93 34 2



2 cm Sprgr. 39(HE)
20mm 0.132Kg 995M/Sec 0.006Kg explosive
Maximum Range 2000 Mtr
Range(Mtr)10002000300040005000600070008000
Flight Time(Secs) 2.03
Burst radius Infantry in open 99% kill0 mtr Burst radius Infantry in open 66% kill0 mtr
Burst radius Infantry in open 33% kill1 mtr  Armour Penetration inc roof at 1 mtr0 mm
An explosion within 0 mtr of infantry in the open will cause > 66% casualties and could damage some AFV's.
An explosion within 1 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 33% casualties.
The blast effect of this shell exploding within 1 mtr of an armoured vehicle will not cause any significant armour damage.

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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