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Leichter Panzerspahwagen (4X4)
1st Company, 4th Kradschutzen Bttn.
24th Panzer Div., Soviet Union
|The Leichter Panzerspähwagen (loosely translated - "Light Armoured Scout Car") four-
wheel drive armoured cars based on the standard sPkw Horch 801 chassis. There are
three main types of German four-wheeled armored cars, Sd.Kfz. 221, 222 and 223 with the
222 being most common. Germany produced approximately 989 Sd.Kfz 222 from 1935–
1944. The main differences between the types are weight, armament and turret
construction. Early models had an anti-grenade screen on top of the turret but later models
had re-designed turrets which allowed for better elevation of the guns.
Kradschutzen Battalions (Motorcycle Rifle Battalions) were equipped with various machine
guns. Late in 1941 these Kradschutzen became part of the Panzer Reconnaissance
Battalions and gradually converted from motorcycles to light armoured cars and half-
tracks. In August 1942 the 24th Panzer-Division was assigned to the 4th Panzer Army
South and at first was held in reserve. In January 1943 the Division was virtually destroyed
at Stalingrad and was reformed from scratch in April 1943 in France. In 1943 the
Kradschützen Battalions were abolished and reformed into Panzersufklärungs-Abteilungen.
Specifications for the Sd.Kfz. 222
Crew – 3
Engine – Horch 3.5L or 3.8L V-8 producing 85 - 90 BHP
On Road – 175 miles
Off Road – 125 miles
On Road – 30 mph
Off Road – 25 mph
Weight – 4.7 tons
Length – 15 ft 9 ins
Width – 6 ft 5 ins
Height – 6 ft 7 ins
Ground Clearance – 10 ins
Main - 2 cm Kw.K. 30 or 38 (100 rounds. A.P. / 120 rounds. H.E.
Secondary - 7.92 mm MG 34 (coaxial) (2,000 rounds)
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