leichter gepanzerter Beobachtungskraftwagen (Sd. Kfz. 253)






285 exemplars of the le. gp. Beobachtungskraftwagen (Sd. Kfz. 253) – an armoured observation vehicle - were manufactured from March 1940 to June 1941. These vehicles were used by assault gun units and motorized artillery units.






Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-162-0283-14A,_Bulgarien,_Schützenpanzer_im_GeländeThe closed roof is clearly visible from this perspective. The round, flat cupola was rotatable. An additional rectangular hatch was arranged behind it.
(Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)









The crane on this Sd. Kfz. 253 is interesting. There was a wide range of such conversions due to a permanent shortage of special crane vehicles. On the other hand, the usage of an armoured vehicle as base vehicle was rather unusual.






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