Sd.Kfz.250/10 Ausf. B

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I would like to suggest the Sd.Kfz.250/10 Ausf. B which is the reconnaissance and multi purpose version armed with an 3,7 cm Pak L/45 and a AA and Anti Ground Mg 42. It would offer a fast, high survivable and well armed playstile and alternative to the Event vehicle Sd.Kfz.251/10 which is similar, just bigger and slower. It would add another option to the wide array of versions (that i allready suggested) to choose from or take all to form a universal Squad of Sd.Kfz.250s. And would be a improved sidegrade to the Ausf. A

However the Mounting appears to be different to the 251/10 and other 3,7 cm Pak L/45 mounting, as it appears to be freely movable in the horizontal by holding on to handels on the left and right, as well as it comes with the new lower but wider gunshield. They existed both with shields on left and right side or just on the left side of the gun.

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History:
The AHA IN6 (Inspectorate of Motorized Troops) requested a small armored Half track to accompany tanks on the offensive and perform auxiliary mission in 1939. These tasks were (not limited to) Scouting, mobile HQ, command vehicle, radio vehicle, forward observer and ammo carrier. And be smaller compared to the then also in development Sd.Kfz.251, its bigger brother.
It was an development of the Sd.Kfz.10, which was made by Demag, who was allready recognized for their expertise in very small and fast half tracks, which was recently accepted into service. Of these Sd.Kfz.10 were around 12.000 produced until 1945 and additional 6.628 of the armored version Sd.Kfz.250. The armored body was designed and produced by Büssig-NAG abd called Leichter gepanzerter Mannschafts Transportwagen (light armored troop transporter) with the number Sd.Kfz.250. Build from 1939-1944.
The 250/10 is the command and reconnaissance version armed with the multi purpose 3,7 cm Pak L/45 with realively good Ap and He ammo as well as equipped with more radio equipment.

Later in the war, a new armored hull was introduced, the Ausf. B, this was a simplefied and improved version that streamlined the armor platings to simplefy and speed up production as well as make it slightly lighter (about 200-300kg) and reduce the target area from the front, as the sides were now straight plates with the addition of 2x 8mm Armored boxes as also allready seen on the Sd.Kfz.251. These 2 versions were then known as Ausf. A and B.

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

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

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

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

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The Vehicle:
Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf. B
Length / Width / Height: 4,56 m / 1,94 m / 1,66 m
Crew: 4-5
Engine: HL 45 TRMK 100 Ps at 2800 rpm
Speed: Max speed by trails 75 km/h (drivers were told to not go faster than 65 km/h duo wear)
Weight: 5,67 Ton
Armor:
Front 14,5mm angled, engine deck 8mm
Sides 8mm + 8mm (Armored Storage Bin)
Back 8mm
Gunshield 2x 5 mm with 25 mm space

Source:
Geschossringbuch I
Thomas L.Jentz, Hilary Louise Doyle - leichter Schuetzenpanzerwagen (Sd.Kfz.250) Ausf.A & B History of Production
Die Halbketten-Fahrzeuge des deutschen Heeres 1909-1945

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