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HG5106 Sd.Kfz. 11 German 3 ton Half Track Werfer Brigade 5, Italy 1944

Borgward was tasked to design a 3 ton towing vehicle. The prototype was ready in 1933 but it only had a 72 HP engine and four road-wheels per side. The second prototype wasn’t any better so in 1938 the project was given to Hanomag. The company added two more road- wheels per side, changed the transmission and gave it a 100 HP engine. The demand was so great that 5 more companies were added to the production of the Sd.Kfz.11. Between 1937 and 1945 25,000 vehicles were produced in 5 variants.

The 15th Panzer Division was formed in late 1940 and went to Libya in February 1941. The 15 Pz.Div. fought during Operations Battleaxe, Crusader, the Battles of Gazala and El Alamein. The 15 Pz.Div. and the rest of the Axis forces surrendered on May 13, 1943. Some remnants of the 15 Pz.Div. managed to escape to Sicily and became part of the new 15th Panzergrenadier Division. They eventually found themselves on the Western Front where they surrendered to the British at wars end.

Specifications for the Sd.Kfz. 11 3-ton halftrack
Designed by – Hanomag
Manufactured By – Hanomag, Adlerwerke, Horch, Skoda, Borgward
Production Dates – 1938-1945
Number Produced – 25,000
Number of Variants – 5
Crew – 2 + 6 passengers
Weight – 7,200 kg (16,000 lb)
Dimensions
Length – 5.55 m (18.2 ft) Width – 2 m (6.6 ft) Height – 2.15 m (7.1 ft)
Ground Clearance – 32 cm (13 in)
Performance
Engine – Maybach 6-cylinder, water-cooled HL42 TRKM petrol 100 HP Transmission – Hanomag U 50, 4 + 1 speed Fuel Capacity – 110 litres (29 U.S. gallons) Maximum Payload – 1,800 kg (4,000 lb)
Range
On Road – 240 km (150 mi) Off Road – 140 km (87 mi) Speed On Road - 52.5 km/h (32.6 mph)