Selbstfahrlafette (Sd. Kfz. 7/2)
Fahrgestell des m. Zgkw. 8t mit 3,7 cm Flak 36/37/43






The Selbstfahrlafette - self propelled gun - (Sd. Kfz. 7/2) for the 3,7 cm Flak 36 resp. 37, which was made commencing in 1942, was based on the nearly unchanged Sd. Kfz. 7/1 of the second production model. At first, the vehicles had no armour protection except the armoured shield of the gun which was at first not present on all vehicles. Lindner manufactured 261 self propelled anti-aircraft guns of the types Sd. Kfz. 7/1 and 7/2 in 1942. Probably, only a small part of these vehicles were Sd. Kfz. 7/2. In 1943, altogether 348 Sd. Kfz. 7/2 were manufactured of which a part was already armoured.









Commencing in late 1943, the Sd. Kfz. 7/2 received an armoured driver’s cab and a shield in front of the radiator. The firewall to the engine compartment was armoured, too. The illustrated photo was made in front of the Engelsburg in Rom. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)









The dropsides were made of wood towards the end of war. There were also variants made of perforated metal plates. This Sd. Kfz. 7/2 towed the typical Sd. Ah. 57. Additional equipment and ammunition was transported with this trailer. In the year 1944, altogether 563 Sd. Kfz. 7/2 were manufactured. Further 143 vehicles should be delivered from February to May 1945 but only a part  of these vehicles were finished. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)









So about 1,000 to 1,100 exemplars of the Sd. Kfz. 7/2 were made from 1942 to 1945. Towards the end of war, the 3.7 cm Flak 43 was used in place of the 3.7 cm Flak 36/37. The illustrated vehicle was captured by US forces. (Photo: NARA)






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