Sd.Kfz.234 Pz II Ausf.L Turret

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I would like to suggest the unique Sd.Kfz.234 with a Pz II Ausf.L turret and 2 cm KwK 38 L/65.
It would offer another fast, well armored and fun vehicle as an event vehicle and alternative to the 234/1, for those who missed it.

Historically speaking, the Sd.Kfz.234 was the late war redesign and improvement for a new Schwere Panzerspähwagen with a multitude of rolls, based on the Sd.Kfz.231, however with improved profile, armor profile and armament as well as with a new more powerful Air cooled Diesel 220 Ps Tetra engine. Which Overtook production of 231s in 1943 with the /1 Having the 2 cm KwK 38 L/65 in Hängelafette to be able to fight Infantry, light targets, and Aircraft, the /2 was armed with a 5 cm KwK 39/1 L/60 in a fully protected turret against more armored targets, the /3 with 7,5 cm K.51 L/24 for infantry support similar to the previous Sd.Kfz.233 and the /4 as a dedicated fast Tank destroyer with 7,5 cm Pak 40 L/46.

This unique one is however equipped with a fully protected Pz II Ausf. L turret and 2 cm KwK 38 L/65, in comparison with the 234/1 it will have more armor, a roof at the cost of elevation.

The exact reason why it was produced is unknow, but considering the war situation and somewhat slow production of Pz II Ausf.L, they probably simply had a turret in stock and placed it upon the Sd.Kfz.234 hull.

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The Gun
2 cm KwK 38 L/65 and Coax Mg 34
250 Rounds, 450 Rpm, 10 round mags.
-10° to +20° 360° travers 25°/sec or higher.
Ammo:


AP:


Pzgr. L`Spur. o.Zerl. (Ph.) (ApI-T) 0,148kg 830m/s 40mm/10m

Note: Used against ground targets. Soft and armored. 3g White Phosphor Core.
Were fully replaced by the empty ones and later .Zerl in the Desert and other hot places, as the phosphor had a nasty tendency to self ignite in hot weather.
The Ph. marked ones were standard with the filler, however they also existed with an O. which indicated they didn’t have a filler and were only 143g (and 835-840m/s).
(Velocity for L/55 is 800, 805-810 for the 143g.)
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Pzgr. L'Spur zerl. (Aphe-T Sd) 0,148 kg 830m/s 2,4g Pent 37mm/10m

NOTE: Against ground and air targets. Soft and armored.
It does NOT have a fuze, the filler is for self destruction, in game it would also explode upon impact when shattering, like the Japanese 30mm Aphe.
(Velocity for L/55 is 800.)
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Pzgr. 40 L`Spur. o.Zerl. (HVAP-T) 0,100kg 1050m/s 62g core 12x45mm 50mm/10m

Note: Only used against heavy armored targets, where the standard Ap ammo does not penetrate.
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He:


Sprgr. L`Spur. m.Zerl. (Hefi-T Sd.) 0,120kg 900m/s 6,2g Pent (10,54g) 5mm/10m

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Sprgr. Erd. o.L'Spur. o.Zerl. (He) 0,120kg 900m/s 11g Pent (18,7g)

Note: Only against ground targets.
(Couldn’t find the correct drawing, the Br.Sprgr. o.L’Spur is basically the same, just different filler with Zink.
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Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 30 mm (40°) Front plate
15 mm (70°), 30 mm (55°) Front glacis
30 mm (35°) Lower glacis 8 mm (34-35°) Top
8 (19-35°) + 4 mm 10 mm (21-46°) 5 mm
Turret 30 mm ) Turret front
30 mm Gun shield 20 mm 20 mm 10 mm

Source:
Private collection
Munition der 2 cm Waffen
Sd.Kfz.234 Manual

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Never knew this conversion existed. Very cool! +1

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now that looks like a Field Modification/Repair

Cool mod, +1 in techtree so I can play it :)

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Unfortunately, vid is only a couple of seconds

+1

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