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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. The engine hood was hinged in the middle with clips on each side to hold it closed.

Chassis

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

Production

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

Variants

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

Specifications

  Kraftfahrzeug 2, Stöwer 40, Kfz 2
Crew 1
Passengers  
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 3,993 lb, 4,001 lb
1,815 kg
Length 11' 9"
3.58 m
Height 5' 10"
1.78 m
Width 5' 2"
1.57 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) 1: Stöwer AW2
OR 1: Stöwer R180W
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water
Cylinders 4
Capacity  
Net HP 50
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 62.5 mph
100 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 311 miles
500 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Fording depth 1' 11"
0.6 m
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Tires 5.5 x 18
Wheelbase 7' 4"
2.24 m

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