SdKfz 251:17 Halftrack
The Iconic SdKfz 251 was the German half-track that was first introduced in World War II. Designed by Hanamog, this half-track was based on the SdKfz 11. The SdKfz 251 was the most produced German half-track of World War II with 15,221 units produced.
The SdKfz 251 was designed to carry 10 panzer grenadiers into the field with protection from small arms fire. A mount for either mg32 or mg42 was included to add covering fire for soldiers to get to the position. The 251 had sloped armor to help protect it from AP shells.
Over the course of WWII, the Germans made many sub-variants of the basic SdKfz 251. They included versions for ambulances, command, anti-tank guns, flamethrowers, etc. These sub-variants were designated with a “/” and a numeral representing the variant that fell behind the “251”. For example, a basic troop carrier was a 251/1. A 75mm short barrel cannon version was designated a 251/9. Our converted Czech OT 810 Halftrack - SdKfz 251 is an SdKfz 251/17.
The SdKfz. 251/17 carried a 20mm Flak 38 autocannon. The cannon was mounted into a man-operated turret that could be used to engage air as well as ground targets.
Length – 5.80 m
Width – 2.1 m
Height – 1.75 m
Weight is around 16,000 lbs.
Maybach HL 42 6-cylinder petrol engine pushing 99 hp.
Top speed – 52.6 km/h
Range – 300 km
MG 34 or MG 42
SdKfz 251/17 = 20mm Flak 38 autocannon