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Germany's SdKfz 6 Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen 5T half tracks

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76.2 mm FK36(r) auf Panzerjäger Selbstfahrlafette Zugkraftwagen 5t (SdKfz 6):
Germany's 76.2 mm FK36(r) auf Panzerjäger Selbstfahrlafette Zugkraftwagen 5t (SdKfz 6)
(Bundesarchiv, Koblenz)

Design

Developed by Büssing-NAG in Berlin, the SdKfz 6 was to be a medium tractor for the 105 mm leFH 18 and to be used by engineer units.

Praga Model

Praga build the SdKfz 6 with longer track bogies and a Maybach HL54 engine.

Too Expensive

It was expensive to produce so production was phased out in 1941 in favor of the sWS.

Production

  • SdKfz 6: 737
    • Production: ? - 1942, 1934 - 1942
      • 1940: 348
      • 1941: 360
      • 1942: 564
      • 1943: 563
      • 1944: 729
    • Manufacturer:
      • Büssing-NAG: 1934 - 1944: 2,057
      • Daimler Benz: 1935 - 1938: 272
      • Böhmisch- Mährischen Maschinenfabrik: 1939 - 1944
      • Praga
  • SdKfz 6, 37 mm FlaK36: 339
    • Production: ? - 1943, 1937 - ?
  • SdKfz 6, 76.2 mm FK36(r): 9 converted
    • Production: Late 1941
  • 7.5 cm Slf L/40.8: 3 prototypes
    • Production: 1934 - 1935

Variants

  • SdKfz 6:
  • 76.2 mm FK36(r) auf Panzerjäger Selbstfahrlafette Zugkraftwagen 5t (SdKfz 6); 7.62 cm Pak 36(r) auf Panzerjäger Selbstfahrlafette Zugkraftwagen 5T, Diana: Mounted captured Soviet 76.2 mm Model 1936 guns. Served with 605th Panzerjägerabteilung in North Africa.
  • 37 mm FlaK36 auf Fahrgestell Zugkraftwagen 5t (SdKfz 6/2): Mounted a 37 mm Flak 36 AA gun on a platform that had sides that folded down. These were produced during 1937 and most went to the Luftwaffe. The ammunition was carried in a trailer.
  • 7.5 cm Slf L/40.8: Prototype that mounted 7.5 cm anti-tank gun.

Usage

North Africa

One 7.5 cm Slf L/40.8 and one 7.62 cm Pak 36(r) were captured in North Africa.

Specifications

  SdKfz 6
Crew 3 crew + (9: Artillery, 12: Pioneer)
11
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 19,180 lb
8,700 kg
1935, 36: 8,800 kg
1938: 8,500 kg
1939: 9,000 kg
Weight - empty 7,300 kg
Weight - loaded 8,800 kg
Length 19' 8.6"
6.01 m, 6.02 m
1935, 1936: 6.02 m
1938: 6.115 m
1939: 6.325 m
Height 8' 1.6"
2.48 m, 2.5 m
1938: 2.27 m
Width 7' 2.6"
2.2 m
1935, 36: 2.2 m
1938, 39: 2.26 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length 1935, 36: 1.27 m
1938: 2.025 m
1939: 2.02 m
Ground pressure (psi)  
Armament  
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  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach NL 38
1935: Maybach NL 35 TU
1936: Maybach NL 38 TUK
1938: Maybach NL 38 TUK/ NL 38 TUKRM
1939: Maybach HL 54 TUKRM
Praga: Maybach HL54 TUKRM
Cylinders 6
Net HP

90, 100
1935: 90
1936, 1938: 100
1939: 115
Praga: 115

Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline
Octane 74
Capacity (gallons)  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 31 mph
50 kph
Speed- Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius 1936, 38: 13 m
1939: 15 m
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth 1935-38: 0.6 m
1939: 0.5 m
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type) 1935, 1936: Leaf spring
1938, 1939: Torsion bar
Wheels: Trans leaf spring
Tracks: Longed ditto
Wheels each side 1935, 1936: 4
1938, 1939: 6
Return rollers each side  
Track length 1935, 1936: 7.2 m
1938: 8.8 m
1939: 9.2 m
Tires  
Track width 320 mm
Track centers/tread  
  SdKfz 6, 37 mm FlaK36
Crew 7
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 10.4 tons
Weight - empty  
Weight - loaded  
Length 6.32 m
Height 2.5 m
Width 2.26 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure (psi)  
Armament  
Main 37 mm FlaK36 L/98
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  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL54TUKRM
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Transmission 4x2 forward, 1x2 reverse.
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity (gallons)  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand.
Speed - Road 50 kph
Speed- Cross Country  
Range - Road 317 km
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -8° to +85°
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  
  SdKfz 6, 76.2 mm FK36(r)
Crew 5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 10.5 tons
Weight - empty  
Weight - loaded  
Length 6.33 m
Height 2.98 m
Width 2.26 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure (psi)  
Armament  
Main 76.2 mm FK36(r) L/51.5
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main Pzgr 39, Pzgr 40, Spgr 39
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  
Turret Front 10@0°
Gunshield: 10
Turret Sides 10@0°
Turret Rear 10@0°
Turret Top Open°
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL54TUKRM
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Transmission 4x2 forward, 1x2 reverse.
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity (gallons)  
Performance  
Traverse 30° left, 30° right, hand.
Speed - Road 50 kph
Speed- Cross Country  
Range - Road 317 km
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
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. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  3. Halbkettenfahrzeuge, German Half-Track Vehicles 1939-1945, J. Williamson, 1972
  4. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
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