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Germany's Munitionsschlepper, SdKfz 111; Munitions-Schlepper; PzKpfw I(A) Munitions-Schlepper, SdKfz 111

Design

The turret and superstructure were removed from PzKpfw I Ausf As. What remained was an open hull that carried the ammunition.

PzKpfw I Ausf As were converted to be ammunition carriers that would resupply the panzers under enemy fire. Armor in front was 15mm and the sides and rear was 13 mm.

Production

  • Munitionsschlepper, SdKfz 111: 51
    • Converted: September 1939, November 1939

Usage

Served in Poland and France.

Specifications

  Munitionsschlepper auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf A
Crew 2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 5 tons
Length 4.02 m
Height 1.4 m
Width 2.06 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 13@22°
Hull Front, Lower 13@27°
Hull Sides, Upper 13@22°
Hull Sides, Lower 13@0°
Hull Rear 13@17° & 13&15°
Hull Top 6@82-90° & 6@90°
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Krupp M305
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse
Steering  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 37 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 95 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. Tanks - Over 250 of the World's Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles, Chris Chant, 2004
  3. Airfix Magazine Guide #8 German Tanks of World War 2, Terry Gande and Peter Chamberlain, 1975
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