SdKfz 250/9 (2cm) (Neu)
The rough terrain of the vast Russian steppes proved challenging for the four-wheeled Sd Kfz 222 Armoured Car, so in March 1942 it was suggested that the small Sd Kfz 250 half-track might be a better choice for the reconnaissance role.
Three prototype vehicles of the Sd Kfz 250/9 design were sent to Russia and immediately proved far more capable of coping with the extensive cross-country distances encountered than wheeled vehicles.
In May 1943 production of the Sd Kfz 250/9 “Armoured Car” on the Alte version began. The turret, complete with 2cm KwK38 and MG34, from the Sd Kfz 222 armoured car was transplanted onto a new armoured roof.
When production of the Alte version of the Sd Kfz 250 was replaced by the simplified Neu (New) version the /9 version was continued. However, the turret was changed to the later type as found on the Sd Kfz 234/1 Puma 8-wheeled armoured car.
This had the newer, more versatile, Hangelafette (swinging mount) for the 2cm KwK38 gun and the MG42 was now fitted.
In Flames Of War
In Flames of War you can take the Sd Kfz 250/9 instead of the Sd Kfz 222 armoured cars in Armoured Car Patrols. They can also be used with a Panzer Lehr Armoured Car Patrol instead of the Sd Kfz 234/2 Puma.
The 2cm cannon has self-defence anti-aircraft capability and is great for shooting up infantry, soft transport or even light armoured vehicles. A must if you’re considering building an Aufklärungsschwadron that will include an armoured car patrol.
The Sd Kfz 250/9 has Half-tracked mobility, Front Armour 1, Side 0 and Top 0, and it is armed with a co-ax MG and a 2cm KwK38 gun.
The 2cm KwK38 gun has a Range of 16”/40cm, ROF 3, AT 5 and FP 5+. It is also a Self-defence anti-aircraft gun giving it the ability to fire at aircraft attacking its own platoon.