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Sd.Kfz 232 (Fu) (8-Rad) - Plastic
n the mid-1930s, while the Sd.Kfz 231 (8-Rad) heavy eight-wheeled
armored vehicle was being introduced, the German command considered
the experience gained operating the similar Sd.Kfz 231 (6-Rad) and
Sd.Kfz 232 (6-Rad) armored vehicles. The '232' version differed from
its predecessor only in the specialized radio communication equipment
which allowed wireless radio communication between cars during reconnaissance
raids to be maintained.
The only external difference was the bow antenna
which was welded onto the armored body of the car. At the point where
the antenna was connected to the turret a special joint was installed
which allowed the turret to stay mobile and rotate 360 degrees. The
installation of radio communication equipment had no effect on either
performance or crew size. The Fu.Ger.11 SE 100 (for medium range wireless
communication) and Fu. Spr. Ger. "a" (for short range wireless
communication) radio communication stations were rather small and did
not impede the normal work of the crew. In 1944 the radio communication
equipment was upgraded, and a new smaller external umbrella antenna
was installed in all the Sd.Kfz 232 (Fu) (8-Rad) remaining in combat
units at that time.
The Sd.Kfz 232 (Fu) (8-Rad) was first used during
the annexation of Austria and Czechoslovakia, and its first combat
experience was obtained in the Polish campaign in autumn 1939 where
radio communication cars proved their ability in infantry support,
especially during intense street fighting.
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