Sd.Kfz 222

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Sd.Kfz 222

Joined: March 6th, 2011, 10:36 am

May 20th, 2012, 4:20 am #1

Can anyone tell me how common these armoured cars were around July-December 1944 and what units had them?

I'm thinking of the Tristar kit #35043 being depicted after D Day in a Western Front unit (one option in the kit is a Bulgarian Army vehicle in 1945 but I'd prefer a German marked vehicle)

Thanks in advance

Tom
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Joined: April 20th, 2005, 9:07 pm

May 21st, 2012, 12:04 am #2

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Joined: May 4th, 2011, 3:24 pm

May 21st, 2012, 1:03 am #3

There are some pics floating around of 222s supposedly with 19Pz Div.They are dated late summer 44 and spring 45(in the snow).I'll check my references. Murray McLennan
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Joined: March 21st, 2011, 9:27 pm

May 21st, 2012, 4:40 pm #4

Can anyone tell me how common these armoured cars were around July-December 1944 and what units had them?

I'm thinking of the Tristar kit #35043 being depicted after D Day in a Western Front unit (one option in the kit is a Bulgarian Army vehicle in 1945 but I'd prefer a German marked vehicle)

Thanks in advance

Tom
were around until the end of the war. They were in production until mid-1943 when they started to be replaced by the SdKfz 250 series of halftracks. Many Pz, Pz Gren and even infantry divisions used these vehicles. By natire of the tactics used in recon units of the Whermacht, these vehicles tended to survive longer than other combat vehicles. I would imagine that any of the "older" Panzer divisions that were (re)fitted out prior to mid-1943 might still have a few (or more) of these vehicles left in service in late 44 through the end of the war. HTH
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Joined: May 4th, 2011, 3:24 pm

May 22nd, 2012, 12:59 am #5

Marek Solar's(et al) book speculates that 222s were present with both PZ.A.A.17(17PzDiv.) and a Pz Spah Zug attatched to the Division Headquarters of 6th PzDiv.as late as March 45. Murray McLennan
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Joined: August 19th, 2004, 10:31 am

May 22nd, 2012, 7:24 am #6

Can anyone tell me how common these armoured cars were around July-December 1944 and what units had them?

I'm thinking of the Tristar kit #35043 being depicted after D Day in a Western Front unit (one option in the kit is a Bulgarian Army vehicle in 1945 but I'd prefer a German marked vehicle)

Thanks in advance

Tom
According to an overview prepared by the quartermaster general at the OKH, at the end of December 1944 Sd.Kfz. 222 were still present in many of the Panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions EXCEPT:
2. Pz.Div.
8. Pz.Div.
9. Pz.Div.
20. Pz.Div.
116. Pz.Div.
Pz.Lehr-Div.
1. SS-Pz.Div.
2. SS-Pz.Div.
15. Pz.Gren.Div.
18. Pz.Gren.Div.
90. Pz.Gren.Div.
Pz.Gren.Div. BR
Pz.Gren.Div. FHH
Fallsch.Pz.Gren.Div. 2 HG
4. SS-Pol.Pz.Gren.Div.
11. SS-Pz.Gren.Div.
16. SS-Pz.Gren.Div.

Martin Block
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Joined: August 12th, 2006, 5:43 pm

May 22nd, 2012, 6:44 pm #7

Can anyone tell me how common these armoured cars were around July-December 1944 and what units had them?

I'm thinking of the Tristar kit #35043 being depicted after D Day in a Western Front unit (one option in the kit is a Bulgarian Army vehicle in 1945 but I'd prefer a German marked vehicle)

Thanks in advance

Tom
Hi,

Several seen in Normandy, here is one in the St Lambert/Trun collection dump in Normandy, its on the far left in front of the Panther,and is missing all its wheels.

Have no idea who its unit was.

cheers leonard paul
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