SdKfz. 7 file photo [8100]

SdKfz 7

Primary RoleTransport


ww2dbaseThe SdKfz 7 half-track vehicles entered service in 1938 as a towing vehicle for 8.8 cm FlaK guns. They had the passenger capacity of 12, and each had a enclosed compartment in the rear for ammunition storage.

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Last Major Revision: Jul 2009


SdKfz. 7
MachineryMaybach HL 62 6-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 140hp
SuspensionTorsion bar
ArmamentCargo space for 12 passengers
Length6.85 m
Width2.35 m
Height2.62 m
Weight11.5 t
Speed50 km/h
Range120 km off-road; 250 km on-road


German SdKfz. 7 half-track vehicle on a rail car, Peenemünde, Germany, 1937German Army SdKfz. 7 half-track vehicle towing a 8.8 cm FlaK gun in North Africa, Apr 1941German SdKfz. 7 half-track vehicle towing 8.8 cm FlaK gun, North Africa, Feb 1942Camouflaged German 2 cm Flakvierling 38 anti-aircraft gun mounted atop a SdKfz. 7 half-track vehicle, immediately prior to Battle of Kursk, summer 1943, photo 1 of 2
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
12 Nov 2009 02:14:48 PM

The German Army used a family of Half-Tracked
vehicles called Sd.Kfz.6,7,8,9 They were designed to artillery and cargo.
Technically they were peacetime designs they
were too complex,and the variety of models
too great to withstand the tough demands of
mass production.

The Sd.Kfz 10,1 ton Demag pulled light anti-aircraft,anti-tank guns and light artillery.
Some models had weapons mounted on the beds.
Other models carried cargo and pulled light trailers. Also some vehicles were modified for other duties.

Sd.Kfz 11,3 ton Hanomag pulled medium and larger artillery and rocket launchers.

Sd.Kfz.6 ,5 ton Bussing-NAG, saw little service, and were used in duties the same as
the 3 ton model.

The very heavy half-tracked Sd.Kfz.7,8 ton
Krauss-Maffei,the Sd.Kfz.8 12 ton, and the Sd.Kfz.9, 18 ton Famo Fahrzeug und Motorenwerken pulled heavy artillery some were even modified to carry the 88mm gun, as
a self-propelled anti-aircraft and anti-tank

The Sd.Kfz.9 Famo 18 tons were used as heavy recovery vehicles for tanks, but when you
needed to recover a Tiger Tank, you needed
the pulling power of 3 Sd.Kfz 9's to do the
job!. These vehicles were later replaced by recovery tanks.

After World War II many of these vehicles
were salvaged, and used in the Post-War period.

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