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Germany's Munitionskraftwagen für Nebelwerfer (SdKfz 4), 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf "Maultier" (Opel) SdKfz 4/1 half tracks

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15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf "Maultier" (Opel) SdKfz 4/1:
Germany's 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf "Maultier" (Opel) SdKfz 4/1
Imperial War Museum-STT7963

Design

In 1943 Opel was ordered to build an armored vehicle for the 15cm Nebelwerfer. Some were converted to carry Nebelwerfer rocket launchers. The 2-ton Opel 3.6.36 Type S/SSM truck was altered to have a fully armored cab. On the hull roof a 150 mm Panzerwerfer 42 was placed.

Productions

  • 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf "Maultier" (Opel) SdKfz 4/1: 300
    • Production: April 1943 - March 1944
    • Manufacturer: Opel
    • Conversion from Munitionskraftwagen: June 1944: 19
  • Munitionskraftwagen für Nebelwerfer (SdKfz 4): 289

Variants

  • 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf "Maultier" (Opel) SdKfz 4/1; 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Sf (SdKfz 4/1): Some models carried the 24 rail 8cm R-Vielfachwerfer of the Waffen SS.
  • Munitionskraftwagen für Nebelwerfer (SdKfz 4): Ammunition carrier for 15cm Panzerwerfer.

Usage

They were first used in 1943.

Specifications

  15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf "Maultier" (Opel) SdKfz 4/1
Crew 3
Radio FuG Spr G f
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 7.1 tons
Length 6 m
Height 2.5 m
Width 2.2 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 150 mm Nebelwerfer 42
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG34
OR 7.92 mm MG42
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 20
Secondary  
MG 2,000
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 8@35°
Hull Front, Lower 8@6°
Hull Sides, Upper 8@35°
Hull Sides, Lower 8@0°
Hull Rear 8@30°
Hull Top 6@90°
Hull Bottom 6@90°
Turret Front 10@45°
Turret Sides 10@40°
Turret Rear 10@40°
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Opel 3.6 liter
Cylinders 6
Net HP 68 @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission 5 forward, 1 reverse.
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 270°, hand
Max Speed 40 kph
Cross Country  
Road radius 130 km
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -12° to +80°
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site