The SdKfz 7 was based on designs made by Krauss-Maffei in the late 1920s. Then in 1934 the Wehrmacht put out a requirement for an eight ton half track.
From 1934 to 1938 several prototypes were built and the SdKfz 7 was selected.
The SdKfz 7 could tow up to 17,600 lb / 17,637 lb / 8,000 kg.
It was used to pull the following:
Vehicles were fitted with a winch that could pull 7,606 lb / 3,450 kg.