The Sd.Kfz. 2 designation was for the Kettenkrad. Ketten means tracks and krad is the
military abbreviation of Kraftrad, administrative term for motorcycle. Originally intended for
use by German airborne troops it was designed to fit inside the JU-52 aircraft. With its
amazing ability to tow 4 tons the vehicle soon was used to tow light artillery and trailers as
well as aircraft to save aviation fuel. One variant was specifically used for laying
communication cables. The vehicle was turned using handlebars or in tandem with track
brakes.



This Sd. Kfz. 2 Kettenkrad belonged to the 1st Gebirgs Division (1st Mountain Division), an
elite unit mostly comprised of Bavarians and some Austrians. The Division took part in the
invasion of Yugoslavia and then entered the Soviet Union and became part of Operation
Barbarossa. They also took part in the Second Battle of Kharkov and proceeded through
the Southern Soviet Union and into the Caucasus area as part of Operation Edelweiss. In
1945 what was left of the division surrendered to the Americans in Austria.


Specifications for the NSU Werke AG Kettenkrad

Manufacturer – Opel (GM)

Production Period – 1941 / 1944

Number Produced – 8,345

Crew - 3 / Driver + 2 passengers)

Engine - Water-cooled four cylinder in-line engine with (OHV) 36 bhp (26 kW) @ 3400 rpm
Maximum Speed - 70 km/h (44 mph)
Total weight -1,560 kg (3,444 lb)
Gearbox
Reverse - 1
Forward - 2
Length – 3,000 mm (118")
Width – 1,000 mm (39")
Height – 1,200 mm (47")        
Tire size -3.50-19
Hobby Master 1/48 Ground Power Series
HG1703
Sd. Kfz. 2 Kettenkrad
1st Gebirgs Division (1st Mountain Division)
Soviet Union 1942

Professionally painted.

Great attention to detail.

All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).

Rubber wheels roll.

Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.

Highly collectable.
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