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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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