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Sd. Kfz. 9 schwerer Zugkraftwagen 18t (heavy 18 ton half-track vehicle)

 

 

 

 

 

Development of the s. Zgkw. 18t was started by the Fahrzeug- und Motorenbau GmbH (FAMO) in Breslau in 1935. In 1936, the first model FM gr was finished which largely corresponded to the later series. There is no footage of this type. Most probably only prototypes were made. In 1938, the improved first production model F2 was introduced. It is identifiable by the missing hub caps of the front wheels. It seems that the early models FM gr and F2 had exclusively an artillery superstructure. The conclusion model F3 was introduced in 1939. This model was delivered as tank recovery vehicle with rear platform. It was manufactured until 1944 with several improvements introduced during the serial production.
Originally, the s. Zgkw. 18t should be used as towing vehicle for the 24cm Kanone 3, the 35.5cm Haubitze M1 and the 12.8cm Flak 40 – therefore the artillery superstructure of the early versions. Rapidly, one realized the excellent characteristics of the s. Zgkw. 18t. So, it was later used as recovery vehicle for armoured vehicles and as towing vehicle of the Sd. Ah. 116. The heavy artillery units received s. Zgkw. 18t with the steel platform, too. To increase the pulling force of the cable winch, different ground spades were tested beginning in 1943. But photos of vehicles with ground spades are very rare. The Sd. Kfz. 9/1 had a 6 tons crane and the Sd. Kfz. 9/2 had a 10 tons crane. Altogether 14 partly-armoured s. Zgkw. 18t were manufactured and were used as self-propelled AA guns. They were armed with an 8.8cm Flak 37. Besides these, there were individual test vehicles for different purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

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FM gr

1936-1937

HL 98 TUK

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F2

1938

HL 98 TUK

few

 

 

F3

1939-1944

HL 108 TUKRM

ca. 2.650

 

 

 

 

 

Total production: 2,691

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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schwerer Zugkraftwagen 18t (Sd. Kfz. 9)

s. Zgkw. 18t (Sd. Kfz. 9)

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Drehkrankraftwagen (Hebekraft 6t) (Sd. Kfz. 9/1)

Drehkrankw. (6t) (Sd. Kfz. 9/1)

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Drehkrankraftwagen (Hebekraft 10t) (Sd. Kfz. 9/2)

Drehkrankw. (10t) (Sd. Kfz. 9/2)

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schwerer Zugkraftwagen 18t mit 40t Winde (Sd. Kfz. 9/6)

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Prototypes

 

 

8,8cm Flak 37 (Sf.) auf s. Zugkraftwagen 18t

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12 - 14

 

 

 

 

 

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