Tiefladeanhänger für Panzerkampfwagen 20t (Vs. Ah. 642)
Tiefladeanhänger für Panzerkampfwagen 22/23t (
Sd. Ah. 116)






The Tiefladeanhänger für Panzerkampfwagen 22/23t (Sd. Ah. 116) - flat bed trailer for armoured vehicles - was officially introduced in December 1940. It succeeded the similar testing model which was designated Tiefladeanhänger für Panzerkampfwagen 20t (Vs. Ah. 642). Armoured vehicles up to a weight of 22 tons, later 23 tons, could be transported. On the rear carriage there was a cabin for a second driver. Usually, it was towed by a Sd. Kfz. 8 or a Sd. Kfz. 9.









For loading or unloading an armoured vehicle, the platform had to be lowered and the rear chassis had to be removed. Although the payload was specified as 22/23 tons, heavier loads up to 28 tons were sometimes transported with the Sd. Ah. 116. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)









The Sd. Ah. 116 had a total length of 14.4 meters and a with of about 3 meters. The whole train had a considerable length which demanded a high grade of expertise from the drivers.






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