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mittlerer Schützenpanzerwagen (3,7cm Pak) (Sd. Kfz. 251/10)

 

 

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The mittlere Schützenpanzerwagen (3,7cm Pak) (Sd. Kfz. 251/10) was used as platoon leader’s vehicle. Light armoured vehicles and slightly fortified positions could effectively be fought with the 3,7cm Pak 35/36. The first testing vehicle was available in May 1941. Serial production started in July 1941. The gunsight and the hand wheels were fitted in a much lower position so a new much lower armour shield could be used which provided protection only to the gunner. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos of the Sd. Kfz. 251/10 Ausf. D are rare because this variant was discontinued late in 1943. Note that the low gun shield is only hard to differentiate from the MG shield of the standard version. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)

 

 

 

 

 

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After introduction of the m. SPW (3.7cm Pak) (Sd. Kfz. 251/10) in 1941, many older vehicles of the A, B and (very rarely) C were retrofitted with standard 3,7cm Pak 35/36 guns. Most often, the high standard armour shield of the 3,7cm Pak 35/36 was maintained but some units modified the gun shield to lower the silhouette of the vehicle. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)

 

 

 

 

 

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