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You are bidding on a FANTASTIC and EXTRAORDINARILY RARE example of a WW2 German Wehrmacht Sd.Kfz. 251 Handbook!  “D660-4 – Sd.Kfz. 251 Geraetbeschreibung Fahrgestelle 05.43″, this is the appendix section of the full manual.


The Sd.Kfz. 251 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251) half-track was a World War II German armored personnel carrier designed by the Hanomag company, based on its earlier, unarmored Sd.Kfz. 11 vehicle.  The Sd.Kfz. 251 was designed to transport the Panzergrenadier (German mechanized infantry) into battle.  Sd.Kfz. 251s were the most widely produced German half-tracks of the war, with at least 15,252 vehicles and variants produced by seven manufacturers. Some sources state that the Sd.Kfz. 251 was commonly referred to simply as “Hanomags” by both German and Allied soldiers after the manufacturer of the vehicle; this has been questioned, and may have been only a postwar label.  German officers referred to them as SPW (Schützenpanzerwagen, or armored infantry vehicle) in their daily orders and memoirs.  

These vehicles were meant to enable Panzergrenadiere to accompany panzers and provide infantry support as required. In practice, there were never enough of them to go around, and most Panzergrenadier units had to make do with trucks for transport.

In August 1943, Romania acquired a total of 27 armored half-tracks, of both the 251 and 250 types followed in 1944 by 251 type and other types of armored cars to convert two cavalry divisions into armored or mechanized divisions.  Sd.Kfz. 251s were known as SPW mijlociu (“medium SPW”) in Romanian service, while Sd.Kfz. 250s were referred to as SPW ușor (“light SPW”).


This is an AMAZING and EXTRAORDINARILY RARE reference.  Though it is missing the outer cover page (which would have also had the final page of the handbook), it is in EXCELLENT used condition!  This was originally published in May of 1943.  A total of approx. 50 pages, it features various notations, instructions, descriptions, and diagrams.  Some marks, wear, and folds due to the age, but nothing that detracts.  A VERY RARE set, it would make a SUPERB addition to any collection or display!


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