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Volume 34: Sd.Kfz.7 - 8 ton Zugkraftwagen Krauss-Maffei and variants

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  • by Vinnie Branigan, Dr. Nicolaus Hettler

  • published on May 31, 2015

  • soft cover

  • german & english texts

  • 184 pages

  • 334 photos (169 historic, 32 model, 133 modern)

  • 80 blueprints

  • 20 camouflage schemes, tactical markings, table of organsisation (KStN)

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Volume 34: Sd.Kfz.7 - 8 ton Zugkraftwagen Krauss-Maffei and variants

Authors: Vinnie Branigan, Dr. Nicolaus Hettler

One of the most interesting military vehicle developments of the German Reichswehr and Wehrmacht was without doubt the halftrack tractors. Basing on experiences from the First World War the development started at the end of the 1920’s. From the six types of un-armoured halftrack vehicles (1 tonne / 3 tonne / 5 tonne / 8 tonne / 12 tonne/ 18 tonne) developed from the early years and beginning in 1930, the main vehicle was the 8 ton halftrack Sd.Kfz. 7. This vehicle, which served in many differing deployments, and which had the highest production numbers, was produced from 1935 – 1945. Dr. Nicolaus Hettler, who has already described the halftrack vehicles 18 tonne Sd.Kfz.9 (N&B 12) / 12 tonne Sd.Kfz.8 (N&B 16) und 3 tonne Sd.Kfz.11 (N&B 20), continues these series with the halftrack 8 tonne Sd.Kfz.7 (N&B 34).

Eine der technisch interessantesten Fahrzeugentwicklungen der ehemaligen Reichswehr und Deutschen Wehrmacht waren ohne Zweifel die Halbketten Zugkraftwagen. Basierend auf den Erfahrungen des 1. Weltkrieges wurden erste Versuche bereits Ende der 1920er Jahre durchgeführt. Aus den sechs Entwicklungsreihen der ungepanzerten Halbkettenfahrzeuge (1 ton / 3 ton / 5 ton / 8 ton / 12 ton / 18 ton) der 1930er Jahre ist besonders der 8 ton Zugkraftwagen Sd.Kfz. 7 hervorzuheben, der in den meisten Verwendungen anzutreffen war und von dem in den zehn Jahren von 1935 – 1945 die größte Stückzahl hergestellt wurde. Dr. Nicolaus Hettler, der bereits die Zugkraftwagen 18 ton Sd.Kfz.9 (N&B 12) / 12 ton Sd.Kfz.8 (N&B 16) und 3 ton Sd.Kfz.11 (N&B 20) beschrieben hat, führt diese Reihe nun fort mit dem Zugkraftwagen 8 ton Sd.Kfz.7 (N&B 34).

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9/14/16: Wrong identification by Heiner F. Duske

Our reader Mr. Ruben Martin Rodriguez has sent in two corrections of captions from historical photos: On page 34, center photo does not show a KM m8 but a Büssing-NAG BN l 4. On page 45, upper photo does not show a 15 cm sFH18 but a 15 cm K18 being towed. Thank you, Mr. Rodriguez! Unser... Note: Issue updates are only available to users who have purchases an issue. To unlock updates for an issue, you need to enter a word from that specific issue as per the following instructions. Please enter the 1st word on line 1 in paragraph 2 in the left (english) column on page 10 as the password in the field below this note.

8/7/16: Wrong type on page 37 center photo and page 30 top photo by Heiner F. Duske

Our reader Ruben Martin Rodriguez from Spain has informed us, that the halftrack on page 37, center photo is not a KM m8 from the 8-ton class, but a BN l4 from the 5-ton class. The latter vehicle was developed from Krauss-Maffai too in the light class (l) as KM l4, which was taken over and... Note: Issue updates are only available to users who have purchases an issue. To unlock updates for an issue, you need to enter a word from that specific issue as per the following instructions. Please enter the 1st word on line 1 in paragraph 2 in the left (english) column on page 10 as the password in the field below this note.

11/7/15: Misinterpretion on page 88 by Heiner F. Duske

Our reader M. Bergmann from New Zealand has sent in some corrections on page 88 of Vol. 34: Both photos show the 12 ton halftrack Sd.Kfz. 8 from Daimler-Benz. Thank you for the correction, Mr. Bergmann and sorry for our mistake. Unser Leser M. Bergmann aus Neuseeland hat uns auf zwei Fehler auf ... Note: Issue updates are only available to users who have purchases an issue. To unlock updates for an issue, you need to enter a word from that specific issue as per the following instructions. Please enter the 1st word on line 1 in paragraph 2 in the left (english) column on page 10 as the password in the field below this note.

8/15/15: Strange machine gun on page 87 bottom photo by Heiner F. Duske

Our reader Werner Sünkel from Museum für Historische Wehrtechnik, Röthenbach/Pegnitz has identified the weapon on the rear deck of the Sd.Kfz.7 as polish Colt-MG Model 1930. Unser Leser Werner Sünkel vom Museum für Historische Wehrtechnik, Röthenbach/Pegnitz hat die... Note: Issue updates are only available to users who have purchases an issue. To unlock updates for an issue, you need to enter a word from that specific issue as per the following instructions. Please enter the 1st word on line 1 in paragraph 2 in the left (english) column on page 10 as the password in the field below this note.

5/26/15: Errata p.82 bottom / S. 82 unten by Heiner F. Duske

Thank you very much for the very interesting documentation Nuts & Bolts Vol. 34 – Sd.Kfz. 7. I must correct your caption on page 82 bottom photo: The Feuerleitfahrzeug for the A4/V2 was solely assembled in „Lager Rebstock“, the underground production facility of the company... Note: Issue updates are only available to users who have purchases an issue. To unlock updates for an issue, you need to enter a word from that specific issue as per the following instructions. Please enter the 1st word on line 1 in paragraph 2 in the left (english) column on page 10 as the password in the field below this note.

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