schwerer Zugkraftwagen 18t (Sd. Kfz. 9)






The schwerer Zugkraftwagen 18t (Sd. Kfz. 9) was used as recovery vehicle for Panzer III and Panzer IV and their variants. For the recovery of the heavier Panther and Tiger tanks, more than one s. Zgkw. 18t was needed.









Some of the s. Zgkw. 18t were used as towing vehicles for heavy and heaviest mortars and cannons and their partial loads. This one pulled a barrel trailer of the 21 cm Skoda Kanone.









The four-axle Sd. Ah. 116 flat bed trailer was used for the recovery of Panzer III and IV tanks. These trains had a considerable length which made manoeuvring in built-up areas difficult.









Beginning in early 1943, a solid tubular bumper was introduced. Later in the year, the front mudguards were shortened which is clearly visible in the illustrated photo.









Around the turn of the years 1943/44, the front mudguards and the steps between the mudguards were redesigned and simplified. The illustrated vehicles belonged to s. Pz. Abt. 508 and were photographed in Italy in 1944. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)









Note the simplified front mudguards and steps on this late Sd. Kfz. 9 of Panzergrenadier-Division Großdeutschland.









To improve the towing capacity on soft ground, several vehicles received a massive spade at the rear of the vehicle. Such vehicles were mainly issued to tank units which were equipped with the Panzerkampfwagen Panther. (Photo: NARA)






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