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Sd.Kfz.233 Stummel - Plastic
During the initial stages of WWII (1939 - 1941) heavy eight-wheeled
armored cars of the Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad), Sd.Kfz. 232 (8-Rad) and Sd.Kfz.263
(8-Rad) types were widely used in all the major theaters of war with
considerable success. Reconnaissance and support of the front line
were still their primary missions, however quite often when fulfilling
these missions (especially on the Eastern Front), reconnaissance units
met with strong opposition from the enemy, often including artillery.
This problem could be resolved only by the introduction of a special
support vehicle with a higher caliber armament, teamed up with the
reconnaissance units, already equipped with standard Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad),
Sd.Kfz.232 (8-Rad), and Sd.Kfz.263 (8-Rad) cars.
As part of the experimentation,
in 1942 at the Bussing-NAG plant, the 75mm KwK L/24 gun was mounted
on one of the regular Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad). Due to the short length
of the barrel, this gun was nicknamed 'Stumpy'. Though the dimensions
of this gun were insignificant, it was still too big for the armored
body of the Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad), therefore its design had to be modified.
The turret was completely demounted, and most of the equipment unrelated
to artillery support was removed. In spite of all these measures, the
crew decreased from four to three persons due to the lack of free space
inside the armored body.
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