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SdKfz 233 Schwere Panzerspähwagen (8 rad)
Ordnance classification - SdKfz 233

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The SdKfz 233 Schwere Panzerspähwagen was designed in 1941, manufactured by Deutsche Werke Schichau based on the existing 8 x 8 drive 8 Wheel Armoured Car and was in use from 1942 to 1945.

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General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1942 - 1945
Ordnance classificationSdKfz 233
Quantity Produced109
Weight8.7 tonne
Crew4
M.G's small1
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
Length5.85 mtr
Width2.20 mtr
Height2.25 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed50 mph
Max Cross Country Speed19 mph
Range Road188 miles
Range Cross Country84 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacityunknown
Horse Power150 hp
Power/Weight17 hp/tonne
General Information
The SdKfz 233 Schwere Panzerspähwagen was designed in 1941, manufactured by Deutsche Werke Schichau based on the existing 8 x 8 drive 8 Wheel Armoured Car and was in use from 1942 to 1945.

The vehicle was powered by Bussing-NAG 'L8V' petrol powerplant producing 150 HP which could drive the vehicle on roads at up to 50 mph with a range of about 188 miles before refuelling. Its cross country performance was good providing a max speed of about 19 mph and a range of about 84 miles.

It was armed with 1 light machine gun. Its main armament consisted of a 7.5cm StuK 37 L/24 which could penetrate 62 mm of flat plate at 400 metres

After experience with the 6 wheeled heavy armoured cars, Germany started the development of the 8 wheeled vehicles in the early 1930s. These vehicles had all wheel drive and steering making them more effective cross country.

The vehicle was armed with a 7.5cm StuK 37 L/24 AP gun to act in the close support role.

Armour Details
Turret
Frontn/a
Siden/a
Rearn/a
Topn/a
Superstructure
Front15mm@30°(17mm)
Side8mm@35°(10mm)
Rear8mm@35°(10mm)
Top6mm@87°(6mm)
Hull
Front30mm@35°(37mm)
Side8mm@35°(10mm)
Rear10mm@25°(11mm)
Top5mm@90°(5mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 37 mm - Minimum 5 mm



Weapon Details
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7.5cm StuK 37 L/24 Blank
Calibre75mm
LengthL/24
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Explosive Content
K. Gr. rot Pz(AP)
75mm 6.8Kg 385M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 38mm@500m/30°
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.26 0.53 1.1 2.33 3.71 5.28 7.09 9.17
Penetration(mm@30°) 63 58 53 46 40 35 30 25
Penetration(mm@0°) 73 68 62 54 47 41 35 29
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 54 22 6 2 1



7.5 cm Sprgr.34 - short(HE)
75mm 4.4Kg 385M/Sec 0.454Kg explosive
Maximum Range 6250 Mtr
Range(Mtr)10002000300040005000600070008000
Flight Time(Secs) 3 7.09 12.99 22.28 39.01 78.11 275
Burst radius Infantry in open 99% kill3 mtr Burst radius Infantry in open 66% kill6 mtr
Burst radius Infantry in open 33% kill16 mtr  Armour Penetration inc roof at 1 mtr1 mm
An explosion within 3 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 99% casualties - lethal.
An explosion within 6 mtr of infantry in the open will cause > 66% casualties and could damage some AFV's.
An explosion within 16 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 penetrate 1 mm of the tank armour including the roof.

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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