Sd.Kfz.251/21 variations

Sd.Kfz.251/21 variations

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March 14th, 2015, 11:20 am #1

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March 15th, 2015, 1:57 pm #2

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March 20th, 2015, 8:56 am #3

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March 20th, 2015, 8:57 am #4



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Examples of the fourth and final version of Sd.Kfz.251/21, which have not been confirmed in any pre-1945 photos to date. The Drilling is approximately 375mm lower, has no raised hull armour and usually mounts 2,cm MG151/20. The three photos above left show “451” of 4./Pz.Gr.Rgt.60 of 116. Panzer Division “Windhund”. It was one of four reportedly KO’ed on 25 March 1945 just west of Kirchhellen, by a spearhead of the 120th Inf. Rgt of the 30th Inf. Div “Old Hickory”.

The other photos mostly show vehicles which saw service on the eastern front, clockwise from middle top: 1.SS Pz. Div. in Hungary; “2” of an unidentified unit captured by the Red Army and filmed in Torgau; wreck from an unidentified unit/location; and centre “444” of 8. Pz. Div. in Czechoslovakia.

Note not all late version Sd.Kfz.251/21 had late engine bonnets, while some vehicles like “451” and “444” had the late-type 3-piece angular tarp securing rail on the cab roof which (see inset inset top left, close ups are details are from photos of Sd.Kfz.251 mounting infra red MG42 and Sd.Kfz.251/17 respectively).
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August 10th, 2017, 6:54 am #5



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The large outline Balkenkreuz style on the upper hull is indicative of SS-Pz.A.A.2. Czech researcher David Šolc confirms SPW missing its heavy weapon correlates with an agreement between the Germans and Czechs for heavy weapons to be left behind near Prague before heading to the US Army liberation zone - terms which were not uniformly adhered to.

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August 10th, 2017, 7:09 am #6



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Soviet aerial photo, originally posted on www.sammler.ru by Moskvich64.2. No specific details were mentioned, although it’s a scene typical of a number of pockets formed in March 1945 along the Baltic coast in the Gulf of Danzig, where 4., 5., 7. and 24. Pz. Div., GD, HG2, 18. Pz. Gren.Div., 4. SS Polizei Gren. Div. and many other units were cornered. The most likely location is by the Oxhöfter Kämpe, north of Gedingen where 7. Pz Div were located. In early April 1945 some elements managed to evacuate by sea to Hel and then on to Swinemünde and Sassnitz. Four of the five m.SPW seen here are later production Ausf. D, with the example at extreme right identifiable by its late factory paint scheme.

Photo source with several other striking aerial photos:
www.sammler.ru/index.php?showtopic=161398
Thanks to Laszlo Gaal for the lead
scmc-2007.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Laszlo%20Gaal

Oxhöfter Kämpe Sd.Kfz.251/22:
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