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HG5005 Sd.Kfz. 7 German 8 Ton Half Track SS-924015, WWII

The concept for the Sd.Kfz. 7 dates back to 1934 when the need for this type of vehicle was realized. It wasn’t until 1938 before the first vehicle actually left the factory. The vehicle had theater-type bench seats capable of carrying up to 12 men. There was stowage room at the rear for ammunition for the large guns it usually towed. These vehicles required a lot of maintenance and were prone to tracks breaking. The on road speed wasn’t very good but it off-road abilities made up for it.

The Sd.Kfz. 7 SS-924015 belonged to the SS Leibstandarte and wore the name Marta. The SS Leibstandarte was founded in 1933 as a bodyguard unit for Adolf Hitler. Over time the unit grew and in 1939 became a separate unit of the Waffen SS. The SS Leibstandarte took part in the invasion of Poland and Operation Barbarossa. By the end of WWII the unit had grown from a regiment to a Panzer Regiment and by 1945 a complete armored division. In 2017 SS-924015 was seen at the War and Peace Revival at Hop Farm, Kent, UK.

Specifications
Number produced - Over 12,000
Crew – 1-12 Performance
Powerplant – Maybach HL 62 & later the HL 64 six-cylinder petrol engine 140 hp
Speed – 50km/h
Range
On-road – 250 km Off-road – 120 km
Weight – 11.53 tonnes
Dimensions
Length – 6.85 m Width – 2.35 m Height – 2.62 m
Armor – 8 mm