The Sd.Kfz. 2 designation was for the Kettenkrad. Ketten means tracks and krad is the
military abbreviation of Kraftrad. 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.

The 116th Panzer Division was known as the “Windhund – Greyhound- Division”. In March
1944 it was reconstituted from remnants of 16th Panzergrenadier Division and the 179th
Reserve Panzer Division. When the Allies landed in Normandy in June 1944 the 116th PD
was one of the units sent to repel the Allies. The division was one unit trapped in the
Falaise Pocket and along with the 2nd SS Panzer defended the pocket long enough to
allow German troops to escape. The 116th PD managed to escape but not before they
were left with only 600 men and 12 tanks. On April 18, 1945 the 116th surrendered to the
9th U.S. Army when they became trapped in the Ruhr Pocket. The 116th Panzer Division
had become known as the “famed and best German Panzer division”.


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
HG1701
Sd. Kfz.2 Kleines Kettenkraftrad
WH-371209, 116th Tank Division, Normandy
True 1/48 scale.

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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