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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Kraftfahrzeug 2, Stöwer 40, Kfz 2 truck

Design

The Kraftfahrzeug 2 was based on a rectangular chassis.1 The engine hood was hinged in the middle with clips on each side to hold it closed.1

Chassis

The chassis was made stronger by adding bracing on the engine, suspension, and transmission.2

Production

  • Kraftfahrzeug 2, Stöwer 40, Kfz 2:
    • Production: 1936 - ?1,2
    • Manufacturer: Stöwer1

Variants

  • Kraftfahrzeug 2, Stöwer 40, Kfz 2: 4x4.1

Specifications

  Kraftfahrzeug 2, Stöwer 40, Kfz 2
Crew 12
Passengers  
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 3,993 lb2, 4,001 lb1
1,815 kg1,2
Length 11' 9"1,2
3.58 m1,2
Height 5' 10"1,2
1.78 m1,2
Width 5' 2"1,2
1.57 m1,2
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) 1: Stöwer AW21,2
OR 1: Stöwer R180W1,2
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water1
Cylinders 41,2
Capacity  
Net HP 501,2
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse1,2
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline1,2
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 62.5 mph2
100 kph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 311 miles2
500 km2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Fording depth 1' 11"2
0.6 m2
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Tires 5.5 x 181
Wheelbase 7' 4"1
2.24 m1

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  2. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site