Monthly Archive for April, 2010

l. Scheinw. Kw. II (Kfz. 83): Light Searchlight Truck II

l. Scheinw. Kw. II (Kfz. 83): Light Searchlight Truck IIGerman nomenclature: leichter Scheinwerferkraftwagen II (Kfz. 83) mit Fahrgestell des leichter gelände­gängiger Pkw. (o).

English designation: Light searchlight truck II with special chassis for light cross-country armored car (standard commercial vehicle).

SPECIFICATIONS

Net weight         2,600 kg         5,732 lb.
Pay load 1,180 kg 2 601 lb.
Gross weight 3,780 kg 8,333 lb.
Weight: Front axle 1,060 kg 2,336 lb.
Weight: Rear axle 1,360 kg 2,998 lb.
Length (overall) 4,950 mm 16 ft., 3 ins.
Width (overall) 1,950 mm 6 ft., 5 ins.
Height (overall) 2,300 mm 7 ft., 6 ins.
Ground clearance 200 mm 7 7/8 ins.
Tread centers 1,580 mm 5 ft., 2 ins.
  1,565 mm 5 ft., 1 in.
  1,565 mm 5 ft., 1 in.
Wheelbase 2,445/900 mm 96/35 ins.
Wheel width 190 mm 7 1/2 ins.
Angle of approach 60°
Angle of departure 40°
Seating capacity 5
Fording depth 600 mm 23 5/8 ins.
Climbing ability 20°
Overturn gradient (lengthwise) 50°
Overturn gradient (crosswise) 30°
Turning radius 16 meters 52 ft., 6 ins.
Trailer load
Engine horsepower 65 c—v 64.1 hp
Piston displacement 3,500 cu cm 210 cu. ins.
Fuel tank capacity 110 liters 29 gal.
Highway fuel consumption 7.8 m.p.g.
Average terrain fuel consumption 4.7 m.p.g.

German: p. 74.19

l. Scheinw. Kw. I (Kfz. 83): Light Searchlight Truck I

leichter Scheinwerferkraftwagen I (Kfz. 83) mit Einheitsfahrgestell II für schwerer Pkw.
German nomenclature: leichter Scheinwerferkraftwagen I (Kfz. 83) mit Einheitsfahrgestell II für schwerer Pkw.

English designation: Light searchlight truck I with standard chassis II for heavy armored car.

SPECIFICATIONS

Net weight         3,150 kg         6,945 lb.
Pay load 1,180 kg 2,601 lb.
Gross weight 4,330 kg 9,546 lb.
Weight: Front axle 2,100 kg 4,630 lb.
Weight: Rear axle 2,230 kg 4,916 lb.
Length (overall) 4,850 mm 15 ft., 11 ins.
Width (overall) 2,000 mm 6 ft., 7 ins.
Height (overall) 2,040 mm 6 ft., 8 ins.
Ground clearance 230 mm 9 ins.
Tread centers 1,640 mm 5 ft., 4 ins.
Wheelbase 3,000 mm 118 ins.
Wheel width 215 mm 8 1/2 ins.
Angle of approach 55°
Angle of departure 45°
Seating capacity 5
Fording depth 500 mm 19 7/8 ins.
Climbing ability 25°
Overturn gradient (lengthwise) 45°
Overturn gradient (crosswise) 30°
Turning radius 16.5 meters 54 ft., 1 in.
Trailer load 1,000 kg 2,205 lb.
Engine horsepower 90 c-v 88.8 hp
Piston displacement 4,000 cu cm 240 cu. ins.
Fuel tank capacity 120 liters 31.7 gal.
Highway fuel consumption 5.2 m.p.g.

Average terrain fuel consumption 6.7 m.p.g.

German: p. 74.19

l. gl. Pkw. (Kfz. 1): Light Cross-Country Personnel Carrier

l. gl. Pkw. (Kfz. 1): Light Cross-Country Personnel CarrierGerman nomenclature: leichter geländegängiger Personenkraftwagen (Kfz. 1) mit Fahrgestell des leichter Pkw. (o).

English designation: Light cross-country personnel carrier with special chassis for light armored car (standard commercial vehicle).

SPECIFICATIONS

Net weight         1,000 kg         2,204 lb.
Pay load 300 kg 661 lb.
Gross weight 1,300 kg 2,865 lb.
Weight: Front axle 560 kg 1,234 lb.
Weight: Rear axle 740 kg 1,631 lb.
Length (overall) 4,100 mm 13 ft., 5 ins.
Width (overall) 1,500 mm 4 ft., 11 ins.
Height (overall) 1,600 mm 5 ft., 3 ins.
Ground clearance 180 mm 7 ins.
Tread centers 1,200 mm 47 ins.
Wheelbase 2,600 mm 102 ins.
Wheel width 125 mm 4 7/8 ins.
Angle of approach   60°
Angle of departure 30°
Seating capacity 3
Fording depth 500 mm 19 3/4 ins.
Climbing ability 14°-16°
Overturn gradient (lengthwise) 50°
Overturn gradient (crosswise) 40°
Turning radius 11 meters 36 ft., 1 in.
Trailer load
Engine horsepower 40 c-v 39.44 hp
Piston displacement 1,500 cu cm 90 cu. ins.
Fuel tank capacity 40 liters 10.6 gal.
Highway fuel consumption 23.5 m.p.g.
Average terrain fuel consumption 15.7 m.p.g.

German: p. 74.1

l. Pkw. (o): Light Passenger Car

l. Pkw. (o): Light Passenger CarGerman nomenclature: leichter Per­so­nen­kraft­wagen (o).

English designation: Light passenger car (standard commercial vehicle).

SPECIFICATIONS

Net weight         1,100 kg         2,425 lb.
Pay load 400 kg 882 lb.
Gross weight 1,500 kg 3,307 lb.
Weight: Front axle 625 kg 1,378 lb.
Weight: Rear axle 875 kg 1,929 lb.
Length (overall) 4,100 mm 13 ft., 5 ins.
Width (overall) 1,500 mm 4 ft., 11 ins.
Height (overall) 1,600 mm 5 ft., 3 ins.
Ground clearance 180 mm 7 ins.
Tread centers 1,200 mm 47 ins.
Wheelbase 2,600 mm 102 ins.
Wheel width 125 mm 4 7/8 ins.
Angle of approach   50°
Angle of departure   20°
Seating capacity   1-3
Fording depth 400 mm 15 3/4 ins.
Climbing ability   17°
Overturn gradient (lengthwise)   60°
Overturn gradient (crosswise)   20°
Turning radius 11 meters 36 ft., 1 in.
Trailer load
Engine horsepower 37 c—v 36.5 hp
Piston displacement 1,500 cu cm 90 cu. ins.
Fuel tank capacity 35 liters 9 1/4 gal.
Highway fuel consumption   23.5 m.p.g.

German: p. 74.1

10.5 cm L.G. 40: Recoilless Gun

10.5 cm L.G. 40: Recoilless Gun

There are two known types of 10.5 cm recoilless guns in use by the German Army. The L.G. 40, formerly known as the L.G. 2 Kp., appears to be the type most frequently used. To prevent casualties, special precaution must be taken by the gun crew when firing the recoilless gun.

The barrel is screwed into the breech ring. This ring, with attachments, is composed of three parts : the breech ring proper, cylindrical in shape and approximately 43.5 cm in length; the rear portion which is hinged to the breech ring proper and swings to the right to permit loading; and the cone, approximately 41.2 cm in length, which is in one piece with the swiveling rear portion of the breech ring. At the right side of the breech ring is a boring which houses the striker mechanism. The upper surface of the breech ring is prepared for a clinometer.

The carriage consists of a crosshead and axle bar with torsion springs. Two spades under the crosshead, and a rectangular girder trail fitted with a spade, serve to give the carriage proper balance for firing. A tool box is located in the center portion of the trail. The shield, which is mounted on brackets just below the trunnion bearings, is in two parts and is fitted with sliding securing bars at top and bottom.

Both elevating and traversing mechanisms are situated on the lower left-hand side of the carriage. Two boxes, apparently for sighting gear, are also attached to the left of the carriage, but no sights were captured with the gun.

The 10.5 cm L.G. 42, previously known as the L.G. 2 Rh., is probably a later model of the L.G. 40, but none has been captured as yet.

SPECIFICATIONS

L.G. 40
Caliber       10.5 cm
Weight in action854 lb.
Length of piece (including cone)1,902 mm
Muzzle velocity1,105 f/s—H.E. rd.
1,224 f/s—hollow charge rd.
Range (max.)6,600 yds.
Range, effective (max.)1,660 yds.—hollow charge rd.
Elevation-15° to 40°
Traverse40° either way
L.G. 42
Muzzle velocity1,099 f/s—H.E. rd.
 1,236 f/s—hollow charge rd.
Range (max.)8,695 yds.
AmmunitionH.E. — F.H. Gr. 41 fuzed with either A.Z. 23 v (0.15) or Dopp. Z. s/60
  Hollow charge — 10 cm Gr. 39 fuzed with A.Z. 38 and using the same charge as for the F.H. Gr. 41

German: p. 110

l. Schn. Pfl. Thp. E: Light Snow Plow

l. Schn. Pfl. Thp. E: Light Snow Plow: leichter Schneepflug Thp. E.German nomenclature: leichter Schnee­pflug Thp. E.

English designation: Light snow plow.

SPECIFICATIONS

Net weight         580 kg         1,279 lb.
Length (overall) 3,100 mm 10 ft., 2 ins.
Width (overall) 2,600 mm 8 ft., 6 ins.
Height (overall)
Ground clearance
Angle of approach
Angle of departure
SNOW PLOW
Clearing width 2.60 m 8 ft., 6 ins.
Clearing height 1.00 m 3 ft., 3 ins.

German: p. 74.101

l. Schn. Pfl. Thp. K: Snow Plow

l. Schn. Pfl. Thp. K: Snow Plow: leichter Schneepflug Thp. K.German nomenclature: leichter Schnee­pflug Thp. K.

English designation: Light snow plow.

SPECIFICATIONS

Net weight         400 kg         882 lb.
Length (overall) 3,100 mm 10 ft., 2 ins.
Width (overall) 2,600 mm 8 ft., 6 ins.
Height (overall)
Ground clearance
Angle of approach
Angle of departure
SNOW PLOW
Clearing width 2.6 m 8 ft., 6 ins.
Clearing height 1.00 m 3 ft., 3 ins.

German: p. 74.101

Backanh. (Sd. Ah. 105): Field Oven

Backanh. (Sd. Ah. 105): Field OvenGerman nomenclature: Backanhänger (Sd. Ah. 105).

English designation: Field oven.

SPECIFICATIONS

Net weight         1,900 kg         4,188 lb.
Gross weight 1,900 kg 4,188 lb.
Weight: Front axle 750 kg 1,653 lb.
Weight: Rear axle 1,150 kg 2,535 lb.
Length (overall) 3,760 mm 12 ft., 4 ins.
Width (overall) 1,900 mm 6 ft., 3 ins.
Height (overall) 2,100 mm 6 ft., 11 ins.
Ground clearance 320 mm 125 ins.
Tread centers 1,530 mm 5 ft.
Wheelbase 1,950 mm 77 ins.
Wheel width 190 mm 7 1/2 ins.
Angle of approach   55°
Angle of departure   40°
Seating capacity   35°
Fording depth
Overturn gradient (lengthwise)
Overturn gradient (crosswise)
Turning radius

German: p. 74.85

Fb. K. Anh. (Ah. 454): Airplane Fuel Tank Trailer

Fb. K. Anh. (Ah. 454): Airplane Fuel Tank Trailer: Flugbetriebsstoff-KesselwagenGerman nomenclature: Flugbetriebsstoff-Kesselwagen als Anhänger (Ah. 454).

English designation: Airplane fuel tank trailer.

SPECIFICATIONS

Net weight         4,200 kg         9,258 lb.
Pay load 2,625 kg 5,787 lb.
Gross weight 6,825 kg 15,045 lb.
Weight: Front axle 3,000 kg 6,614 lb.
Weight: Rear axle 3,825 kg 8,432 lb.
Length (overall) 6,750 mm 22 ft., 2 ins.
Width (overall) 2,500 mm 8 ft., 2 ins.
Height (overall) 2,070 mm 6 ft., 9 ins.
Ground clearance 230 mm 9 ins.
Tread centers 2,000 mm 6 ft., 7 ins.
Wheelbase 2,850 mm 112 ins.
Wheel width 230 mm 9 ins.
Angle of approach
Angle of departure
Seating capacity
Fording depth
Overturn gradient (lengthwise)
Overturn gradient (crosswise)
Turning radius

German: p. 74.85

Pont. Wg. (Pf. 11): Pontoon Carrier

Pont. Wg. (Pf. 11): Pontoon Carrier - Pontonwagen (Pf. 11)German nomenclature: Pontonwagen (Pf. 11).

English designation: Pontoon carrier (trailer).

SPECIFICATIONS

Net weight       1,900 kg       4,188 lb.
Pay load3,200 kg7,055 lb.
Gross weight5,100 kg11,243 lb.
Weight: Front axle2,260 kg4,982 lb.
Weight: Rear axle2,840 kg6,261 lb.
Length (overall)9,250 mm30 ft., 4 ins.
Width (overall)2,150 mm7 ft.
Height (overall)2,120 mm6 ft., 11 ins.
Ground clearance350 mm13 3/4 ins.
Tread centers1,610 mm5 ft., 3 ins.
Wheelbase3,615 mm142 ins.
Wheel width370 mm14 1/2 ins.
Angle of approach 30°
Angle of departure 25°
Fording depth
Overturn gradient (lengthwise)
Overturn gradient (crosswise)
Turning radius

German: p. 74.97