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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Land-Wasser-Shlepper amphibious tractor

Design

In 1936 the German Army asked Rheimetall build an amphibious tractor that could tow an amphibious cargo trailer.

Designed for the calm waterways of Europe the project was persuade with vigor once the invasion of England was thought likely. However, once Operation Sealion was cancelled the Land-Wasser-Shlepper was also cancelled.

Production

  • Land-Wasser-Shlepper: 7 Pre-Production

Usage

Soviet Union

Some of the pre-production models were used in the Soviet Union after 1941.

Specifications

  Land-Wasser-Shlepper amphibious tractor
Crew 3
Passengers 20
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 28,600 lb
13,000 kg
Length 28' 2.6"
8.6 m
Height 10' 3.3"
3.13 m
Width 10' 4.4"
3.16 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament None
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders V-12
Capacity  
Net HP 265
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 24.85 mph
40 kph
Speed - Water - Unloaded 7.8 mph
12.5 kph
Range - Road 149 miles
240 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth Amphibious
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
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Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site