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kleiner Panzerfunkwagen (Sd. Kfz. 260 & 261) Ausf. A & B

 

 

SdKfz_260_in_Wisoki_Juni_1943

 

 

Although orders for the production of the kleine Panzerfunkwagen (Sd. Kfz. 260) and kleine Panzerfunkwagen (Sd. Kfz. 261) were placed in 1937, only two trial vehicles based on the Ausf. A were available in September 1940. Serial production of the kleine Panzerfunkwagen (Sd. Kfz. 260 & 261) - small armoured radio cars - started first in April 1941 and was dropped in April 1943. The Sd. Kfz. 260 had only a rod antenna. The photo of this Ausf. B was made in Wisoki in June 1943.

 

 

 

 

 

SdKfz_261_mit_Zivilisten_PzAA10_10_PzGrenDiv

 

 

Contrary to the Sd. Kfz. 260 the Sd. Kfz. 261 had a foldable frame antenna. Typical feature of the Sd. Kfz. 260/261 series was a wire mesh cover over the open crew compartment which opened to the middle of the vehicle.

 

 

 

 

 

SdKfz_261_2_PD

 

 

This kleine Panzerfunkwagen (Sd. Kfz. 261) Ausf. A belonged to 2. Panzer Division. Note the widely closed roof of the vehicle. The foldable frame antenna and the wire mesh cover is clearly visible. Theses vehicles had a crew of four men but had no main armament.

 

 

 

 

 

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