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Germany's Krupp Kfz 81, Boxer truck

Design

The Krupp Kfz 81 was a six wheeled truck that was often used as an artillery tractor, with the 2 cm antiaircraft gun being the one it mostly towed.1,2 It replaced the Kfz 69 artillery tractor.1,2

Suspension

The Kfz 81 had an all around independent suspension that gave it fair cross country capability.2

Spares

There were stubs for the placement of spare tires.2

Specifications

  Krupp Kfz 81 truck
Crew 12
Passengers  
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 5,720 lb2, 5,732 lb1
2,600 kg1,2
Length 16' 2.9"1,2
4.95 m1,2
Height 7' 6.6"1,2
2.3 m1,2
Width 6' 4.8"1,2
1.95 m1,2
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) 1: Krupp M3041,2
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 41,2
Capacity  
Net HP 521,2
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Speed - Road 43.75 mph2
70 kph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 187 miles2
300 km2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Fording depth 1' 4"2
0.4 m2
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Independent1
Wheels each side 31

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