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Sd.Kfz.263 (8-Rad) - Plastic
After adding to its armory the Sd.Kfz.231 (8-Rad) heavy armored car
in 1937, the military command ordered a special modification of this
car intended for service in advanced reconnaissance units. The primary
tasks for this car were stable radio communication with general headquarters,
and coordination of fighting units in action.
The distinctive features
of the new armored car were an armored body with a fixed turret, and
a long external radio aerial installed on the body. The bigger turret
was justified by an increase of the crew to 5 persons, 2 of them being
radio operators. The radio equipment consisted of the Funkgerat fur
msttleren Pz.-Funktrupp "b" radio station and Kurbelmast "P" adjustable
The installation of radio equipment significantly
decreased space inside the car. At the development stage it was decided
not to install the cannon, leaving only the machine gun available for
frontal defense; its ammunition was decreased from 1000 to 750 shells.
After the beginning of WWII, fighting experience proved that fast acting
motorized units require coordinated command, and cars with radio communication
equipment could provide the necessary liaison. At this time the Sd.Kfz.263
(8-Rad) cars started to be widely used in their new role as mobile
command units. One of the first commanders to appreciate the advantages
of the Sd.Kfz.263 was Major-General Erwin Rommel, the commander of
the 7th Tank Division at the start of the war.
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