Selbstfahrlafette (Sd. Kfz. 7/1)
Fahrgestell des m. Zgkw. 8t mit 2cm Flakvierling






The Selbstfahrlafette (Sd. Kfz. 7/1) für 2cm Flakvierling 38 was used as self-propelled anti aircraft gun. The 2cm Flakvierling 38 had a considerable firepower. The protection of the crew against enemy fire as well as wind and weather was insufficient. The high of the vehicle was a large disadvantage.









This photo of a Sd. Kfz. 7/1 was made in 1943 or in 1944. Note the camouflage finish. Four 2cm gun-barrels are lying on a table ready to be cleaned. The crew was inserting the spare barrels to be ready to fire, if it was necessary. In the meantime, the 2cm Flakvierling 38 had received an armour shield.









All self propelled A. A. guns had the same problem. They were too vulnerable against enemy fire. Beginning around late 1943, the Sd. Kfz. 7/1 got an armoured drivers’ cab and an armour shield in front of the radiator. Actually, the 2cm Flak-Vierling 38 had a gun-shield as series. The gun-shield on this vehicle was demounted to prevent damage during training.









In total, 750 to 800 exemplars of the Sd. Kfz. 7/1 were made. This vehicle of a Waffen-SS unit towed a Sd. Ah. 52. This trailer was used for transportation of Flak guns and equipment and ammunition boxes for these guns. The box on this trailer seems to be a self-build. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)






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