Sd.Kfz.10 Gepanzert mit 3,7 cm Pak L/45

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I would like to suggest this uniquely handcrafted armored Sd.Kfz.10 armed with a 3,7 cm Pak L/45.
While the Sd.Kfz.250/10 existes, the 250 chassis is a shortened Sd.Kfz.10 while this unique one is non standart armor on the normal chassis as well as slightly more protected, as it has a far smaller flatter frontal area than the other 251 and 250.
In game it could offer a unique event or squadron vehicle to the lower ranks and add to the halftrack gameplay which is currently still quite underrated and underrepresented in game.

The exact history to the vehicle is unknown, however judgeing by the Totenschädel on the front it is possibly by some SS Unit.
These Makeshift vehicles were born from need, the crews wanted to be both protected and improve the mobility of their AT gun. While the German army produced such Self propelled AT guns on Halftrack chassis, production capability wasnt big enove for all and as such some frontline shops created fieldmods, such as this, to fill the gaps in armored SPGs.

The Sd.Kfz. 10 was designed and had its first prototype build in 1934 and after further development the first production of the D6 started in 1937 and in 1938 the D7 which was the pretty much final and main production model, of which around 17.500 were build till the end of production 1944. The Sd.Kfz. 10 was also used as the basis for the armored version Sd.Kfz. 250.

it was build by Büssig-NAG, Österreichische Saurer Werke, Mühlenbau und Industrie AG, Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen Hannover, Adlerwerke and MWC Mechanische Werke Cottbus GmbH.

It was well liked for its low rolling resistance of only 5% higher than a 4 wheel vehicle of same size with a top speed of 75 km/h (Drivers were told to stay at 65 duo to wear) powered by the (in the final version from 1940 100 Ps HL 42 TRKM engine).
It was equipped with a at the time quite modern semiautomatic 7/3 Gear Maybach-Variorex Preselecter Transmission with easy use and great reliability.
It was used the whole war and used on all fronts as well as sold to Sweden and used by Romania.

Its mane use was as the 1t gun traktor as well as small troop transport and duo its availability and need often with guns mounted on top of it such as 2 cm Flak 30 (as 10/4), 2 cm Flak 38 (10/5) and as field mods with armor and often a 3,7 cm gun or 5 cm gun.

Going by the visible length of the barrle, the gun could also be instead a 4,2 cm Pak 41 instead of the 3,7 cm Pak L/45.

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The Gun:
3,7 cm Pak L/45 and Mg 34/42 in AA mount (possibly).
216 / 2010 Rounds of ammo. -10° to + 20° Elevation, +/- 15° Traverse

Pzgr. Aphe 0,685 kg 13g Pent 745 m/s 47mm/10m


Pzgr. 40 APCR 0,368 kg 16x58 mm 150 g Core 1020 m/s 86mm/10m


Sprgr. 40 He 0,665 kg 45 g Pent ( 76,5g TnTa) 780 m/s


And possibly

The Stielgranate 41: Heat-FS 15 cm 8,5 kg 2,42 kg Fp.02 Filler 110 m/s 180mm/30°/all distances effective range up to 300m, max range 700m


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Or this may also be the 4,2 cm Pak 41 L/57 because its barrle looks rather too long for the 3,7 cm Pak.
4,2 Pak 41 L/55
4,2 / 2,9 cm -8° to +25° elevation +/-30° Traverse with 20°/sec (like allready the 3,7 cm Pak 36 L/45)
~3 sec reload (or around that with ballancing) unknown ammo, comes in its own 12 rounds Patronenkasten (Ammo container) and would be stacked on the back.

Pzgr. 41 APCR 0,37 kg 15x58mm core 150g 1270 or 1500 m/s 132 or 150mm/10m

Picture of Pzgr. 41 (Click to show)

Screenshot 2024-01-13 132318

Sprgr. 41 HE 0,33kg 25g H.5 (42,5g TnTe) 900m/s

Picture of Sprgr. 41 (Click to show)


Screenshot 2024-01-13 132239

The Vehicle:
Armor: 8-14,5 mm at around +30° angle. (Not unified)
Empty weight: 3,4 t
Usage weight: 1,5 t
Max weight: 4,9 t
Complete weight: Perhaps around 6 ton (Considdering that the 250 is around 5,8 ton and this is 2 wheels longer)
Lenght/width/height: 4,75 m / 1,93 m / 1,62 m (not the gun included)
Track width; 240 mm
Track length: 6,56 m
Track length on the ground: 1,36 m
Ground clearance: 32,5 cm
Trenching length: 1,5 m
Can drive over 0,4 m obsitcals
Turning cicle: 9 m
Engine: 100 Ps HL 42 TRKM at 2800 rpm
Top speed: 65 km/h (Tests showed up to 75 km/h, but with increased wear)

Die Halbkettenfahrzeuge des deutschen Heeres 1909-1945
Zugkraftwagen der Wehrmacht
Munition der 3,7 cm Pak L/45
H.Dv. 481/501 Merkblatt für die 3,7 cm Stielgranate 41 der 3,7 cm Pak