Afrika Korps SdKfz 231 Heavy Scout Troop
includes four resin and metal Sd Kfz 231 Heavy Scout Armoured Cars, one plastic Commander sprue and two Unit cards.
The Afrika Korps used a mix of light and heavy armoured cars for reconnaissance and to protect themselves from marauding British armoured cars. The more numerous light four-wheeled armoured cars were supported by giant 8-wheelers capable of moving cross-country faster than most tanks.
The SdKfz 231
As the cross-country performance of the 6-wheeled armoured cars was deemed insufficient, the Heer Ordnance departmant (WaPrw 6) signed a contract with Büssing-NAG to develop an eight-wheel armoured car with all-wheel-drive, all-wheel-steering and two driver positions at front and rear. Deutsche Werke in Kiel were contracted to design the armoured body.
During the replacement, the Sd.Kfz. (Sonderkraftfahrzeug, special vehicle) numbers were carried directly over; differentiation is made by the addition of 6-Rad or 8-Rad in the vehicle's name.
The armoured body looked somewhat similar to the 6-wheel predecessors. The turret in the 231/232 series was altered to a hexagonal shape for increased internal volume, it was equipped with a 2 cm KwK 30 L/55 autocannon and a coaxial 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun.
These vehicles were used throughout the war in various guises and first saw combat in the campaign against Poland and in the Battle of France. Later, they saw use in both the USSR and North Africa. Extreme climatic conditions in both these areas proved too severe for the vehicle. In the USSR, adverse ground conditions immobilized 150 Sd.Kfz 232s during the first wet season of the campaign. The speed of the eight-wheeled cars made them the best scouting vehicles that Rommel had for long range reconnaissance across the wide desert territory.
Plastic Commander Sprue (x1)
Sd Kfz 231 Heavy Scout Troop (x2)
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