Sd.Kfz.251/2 Ausf. D

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I would like to suggest the Sd.Kfz.251/2 armed with a 8 cm Granatwerfer 34 and 66 rounds.
A Mortar, a weapon type not yet in game.
In game it would offer a new mobile and nible playstyle that would be similar to high caliber derp guns with He, tho depending on the Morter caliber less He but higher firerate. That would be usable in short to long range, but weaker in close combat. With multiple vehicles or even alone it could stop an enemy attack, close down a position or help your advance with smoke as well as annoy enemy tanks by obstructing them with smoke from a safe position.

History of the Sd.Kfz.251:
The AHA IN6 (Inspectorate of Motorized Troops) requested a 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 a bigger version to the then also in development Sd.Kfz.250, its smaller brother.
It was an development of the Sd.Kfz.11, 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.11 were around 12.000 produced until 1945 and additional 15.252 of the armored version Sd.Kfz.251. The armored body was designed and produced by Büssig-NAG abd called Mittlerer gepanzerter Mannschafts Transportwagen (medium armored troop transporter) with the number Sd.Kfz.251.

The /2 was both designed as a Mortar grenade carrier and Mortar carrier (with 8 cm Grw. 34 and 66 rounds) to support the forward infantry with the addition to a cheap alternative as well as addition for the closer range to Field guns and Howitzers. With indirect fire in great volume (high rate of fire) as well as relatively cheap this mortar played a dual rolle, to fight against open targets, targets behind cover (in trenches, houses and on the streets) with He shells as well as to support the own infantry by covering the attack with smoke or disrupting enemy positions with smoke. It was used along the 250/7 and other Field guns.

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The Gun:
8 cm Granatwerfer 34 (Actual diameter 8,1 cm) 66 Rounds storage and AA Mg 42 on the AA mount at the back.
Fire Rate 15-25 Rpm Highest velocity 174 m/s Elevation 38,8° to 88,9° (So you can even hit right in front of you.) Traverse 8,89° to 14,4° (Depending on the elevation)Ammo:(Click on the names to show)
There were multiple rounds available and captured French and Nether 8,14 cm rounds could also be used, however i will only mention the 3 game play wise interesting ones:

8 cm Wgr. 34 He 32,9 cm length 3,5 kg 0,565 kg Fp.02 and Np.10 Filler (723,2g TnTa) 174 m/s 2400m Range


8 cm Wgr. 34 Nb Smoke 32,9 cm length 3,5 kg 0,22 kg Filler 0,5 kg Smokestuff 174 m/s 2400m Range


And the most special round: 8 cm Wgr. 40 He 56,4 cm length 7,5 kg 2,5 or above 3 or ~5 kg Fp.02 and Np.10 Filler (3,2 to 6,4 kg TnTa) ? m/s 950m Range


The Vehicle:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 14.5 mm (20°) Engine compartment
14.5 mm (29°) Driver cabin
8 mm (42°) Lower glacis 8 mm (41°) Top - Engine
8 mm (35°) Top - Crew compartment
8 mm (19°) Bottom - Engine
8 mm (34°) Bottom - Crew compartment
8 mm + 8 mm (34°) Storage bins
8 mm Bottom - Undercarriage 8 mm (30°)
5.5 mm (41°) Lower glacis 8 mm (9°) Engine compartment
5.5 mm Driver compartment

Speed: 53 km/h
Weight: 8 ton
Engine: 100 Ps/2800 Rpm

Geschossringbuch II
Sd.Kfz.251 Manual
Spielberger Halbkettenfahrzeuge 1989
Waffen des zweiten Weltkrieges: eine Enzyklopädie
Merkbl.geh. 28/1 Zusammenstellungen der Explosivgewichte für deutsche Munition

Would be interesting. Could see it used to test player used indirect weapons. Maybe for an event vehicle or limited premium