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Germany's Kraftfahrzeug 15 mittlerer Geländegängiger Personenkraftwagen, Kfz 15 car

Design

The Kraftfahrzeug 15 was another commercial vehicle adapted for military use. It could carry four people and there was a trunk for storage.

The long wheelbase hampered its cross country performance.

Chassis

The Kfz 15 was based on the Mercedes-Benz 340 commercial chassis.

Production

  • Kraftfahrzeug 15:
    • Commercial Vehicles used:
      • 1933 - 1938: Horch 830, Horch 830B1
      • 1937 - 1939: Wanderer W23S
      • 1938 - 1940: Mercedes Benz 340

Variants

  • Kraftfahrzeug 15: Cross country personnel carrier.
  • Kraftfahrzeug 15 Fernspech: Communications.
  • Kraftfahrzeug 15 Funk: Radio car.

Usage

The Kraftfahrzeug 15 was used mostly as radio and staff cars.

Specifications

  Kraftfahrzeug 15
Crew 1
Passengers 3
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 5,291 lb, 5,302 lb
2,405 kg
Length 14' 7"
4.44 m
Height 5' 8"
1.73 m
Width 5' 6"
1.68 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) 1: Mercedes-Benz
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 6
Capacity 3.5 l
Net HP 90
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 4 forward, 1 reverse
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 55 mph
88 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 250 miles
400 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Fording depth 1' 11"
0.6 m
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Tires 6.5x20
Wheelbase 10' 3"
3.12 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