SdKfz 8 Halftrack w/8.8cm Flak 18 in the Desert?

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SdKfz 8 Halftrack w/8.8cm Flak 18 in the Desert?

Joined: January 7th, 2004, 5:17 pm

July 4th, 2012, 1:07 pm #1

Was the SdKfz 8 Halftrack w/8.8cm Flak 18 (as depicted in the new Trumpeter kit) used in the desert? From what I can gather reading Dreaded Threat by Tom Jentz, ten of them were used in Poland and six were used on the Western front (France, Belgium) and then in Russia. It's unclear how many were actually constructed (30 were initially ordered, but I think only 10 were ultimately delivered). In any case, what happened to the other 4 after Poland? There is no indication there were destroyed in Poland.




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Joined: November 25th, 2002, 11:02 am

July 4th, 2012, 1:24 pm #2

However three did survive into 1943 in Russia.
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Joined: May 2nd, 2005, 1:36 pm

July 4th, 2012, 2:44 pm #3

some survived until 1943 in Russia?
Any chance of a picture of a white-washed version? Would be a great vehicle for a whitewash...

Eric
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Joined: November 22nd, 2005, 7:07 pm

July 4th, 2012, 6:31 pm #4

While I know that I often become confused between the service of the 12 tonne and 18 tonne versions of the SP 88mm halftrack did the SdKfz 8 versions not end their days in Italy in 1943/44 ? Alan
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Joined: November 25th, 2002, 11:02 am

July 5th, 2012, 2:55 pm #5

The version mounted on the armored Sdkfz9 was used by 26th Pz in Italy. The other version served in Poland, France and Russia - all had disappeared by March 1943.

Roughly the same number was built of both versions. Curiously, while there are 40 to 50 pics of the sdkfz8 version, I've seen only about 20 of the later version on the Sdkfz9.
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Joined: July 7th, 2005, 2:21 pm

July 5th, 2012, 10:50 pm #6

Lack of photos of Sd.Kfz.8 version from 1942/43 is almost deafening!

Until recently I had never seen a photo which can be confirmed to be 1942! (if you see it with an Pz.Sfl.1c, you are looking at 1942). The only other photo I know from 1942 is the one completely burnt out shown in Nuts & Bolts book.

Akira Takiguchi -http://www.history.jp/wehrmacht/
Akira Takiguchi - http://www.history.jp/wehrmacht/
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