SDKFZ 251 – 251/9 and 251/22 Kanonenwagen

German Army and Waffen-SS Western and Eastern Fronts, 1944–1945

Dennis Oliver

The Sdkfz 251 halftrack was one of the most versatile armored vehicles produced by either side in the Second World War.
Date Published :
January 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Illustration :
200 color & black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526791146
Pages : 64
Dimensions : 11.5 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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12 pages of full color illustrations depicting over 20 different vehicles and their markings, detailing the histories of the formation that operated the Sdkfz 251/ and Sdkfz 251/22 in the last months of the war on the Western and Eastern Fronts.

The Sdkfz 251 halftrack was one of the most versatile armored vehicles produced by either side in the Second World War. Designed by the firm of Hannoversche Maschinenbau AG, or Hanomag, production ran to over 15,000 vehicles and it was eventually built as twenty-three separate variants serving as not only a personnel carrier, but also a command vehicle, mobile rocket launcher, armored ambulance and bridge-layer.

In his first book in the LandCraft series Dennis Oliver examines the Sdkfz 251 variants armed with the 7.5cm gun, initially used as an infantry support and reconnaissance halftrack and later as a tank killer as the result of Hitler's desperation to arm as many vehicles as possible with antitank weapons. Drawing on official documentation and unit histories Dennis investigates the formations that operated these deservedly famous vehicles and uses archive photos and extensively researched color illustrations to examine the markings, camouflage and technical aspects of the Sdkfz 251/9 and 251/22 halftracks that served on the Western and Eastern Fronts in the last months of the war.

A key section of his book displays available model kits and aftermarket products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales. Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also examined, providing everything the modeler needs to recreate an accurate representation of these historic tanks.

About The Author

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armored vehicles.


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