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Germany
SdKfz 263 Panzerfunkwagen (8 rad)
Ordnance classification - SdKfz 263

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The SdKfz 263 Panzerfunkwagen was designed in 1937, manufactured by Duutsche Werke based on the existing 8 x 8 drive 8 Wheel Armoured Car and was in use from 1938 to 1945.

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General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1938 - 1945
Ordnance classificationSdKfz 263
Quantity Produced240
Weight8.1 tonne
Crew5
M.G's small1
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
Length5.85 mtr
Width2.20 mtr
Height2.90 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed63 mph
Max Cross Country Speed31 mph
Range Road188 miles
Range Cross Country84 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacityunknown
Horse Power150 hp
Power/Weight18 hp/tonne
General Information
The SdKfz 263 Panzerfunkwagen was designed in 1937, manufactured by Duutsche Werke based on the existing 8 x 8 drive 8 Wheel Armoured Car and was in use from 1938 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 63 mph with a range of about 188 miles before refuelling. Its cross country performance was good providing a max speed of about 31 mph and a range of about 84 miles.

It was armed with 1 light machine gun , a 7.92mm MG 34. 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 equipped with the long range bedstead radio, which was upgraded in the early 1940's to a single whip aerial.

Armour Details
Turret
Frontn/a
Siden/a
Rearn/a
Topn/a
Superstructure
Front18mm@17°(19mm)
Side8mm@35°(10mm)
Rear10mm@35°(12mm)
Top6mm@90°(6mm)
Hull
Front8mm@30°(9mm)
Side8mm@35°(10mm)
Rear10mm@31°(12mm)
Top5mm@90°(5mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 19 mm - Minimum 5 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 1050
 
 
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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