schwerer Panzerspähwagen (Fu) (Sd. Kfz. 234)
as of August 1940:

schwerer Panzerspähwagen (Fu) (Sd. Kfz. 232) (8 Rad)






This schwere Panzerspähwagen (Fu) (Sd. Kfz. 234) - a heavy armoured radio car - of the first series was photographed in Prague in March 1939. Typical for the first series were the vision ports of the older type and a flag staff on the left forward mudguard.









In this perspective, the attachment of the Zusatzfrontplatte für s. Pz. Sp. Wg. (8-Rad), which was attached in a distance of 50 cm, is clearly visible. The illustrated Sd. Kfz. 232 of the second series, which was made beginning in June 1939, was made during a military exercise. The new Einheitssehklappen on the forward side plates of the turret are typical for the second series. The supporters of the Dachantenne - roof antenna - were made of wood due to isolation reasons.









This schwerer Panzerspähwagen (Fu) (Sd. Kfz. 232) (8-Rad) of the third series was photographed at the southern sector of the eastern front in summer 1942. It belonged to Kradschützen-Bataillon 59 of 9. Panzer Division. The vehicle was one of the new vehicles which were delivered to this division in early summer 1942. The features of the third series like the new turret and the new Einheitssehklappen are clearly visible. The radiator grille at the rear had received an armour cover.









This schwerer Panzerspähwagen (Fu) (Sd. Kfz. 232) (8-Rad) of the fourth or fifth series belonged to Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 13 of 13. Panzer Division. The armoured superstructure of the fourth and fifth series was simplified at the front and the rear and the frontal armour was increased to 30 mm. A tubular bumper was attached to the front. The mudguards were shortened at the front and the rear. Now, the more powerful 2 cm Kw.K. 38 was installed. The photo was made at the maintenance company in Braila, Rumania, on 10th June 1944.









The prominent Dachantenne was replaced by the unobtrusively Sternantenne D - star-antenna - on the fourth and fifth series of the schwerer Panzerspähwagen (Fu) (Sd. Kfz. 232) (8-Rad). An Sd. Kfz. 232 of the fourth and fifth series could easily be converted into an Sd. Kfz. 231 by dismounting the Fu 12 SE 80 and the Sternantenne D. Most probably, this was already done with Sd. Kfz. 232 of the third series. The Einheitssehklappen in the forward side plates of the turret were dropped early in 1943. The illustrated vehicle belonged to Pz.A.A. 14 of 14. Panzer Division and was photographed in Kischinowo early in 1944.






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