l. gp. Beob. Kw. (Sd. Kfz. 253): Light Armored Reconnaissance Car

l. gp. Beob. Kw. (Sd. Kfz. 253): Light Armored Reconnaissance Car -- SdKfz 253 leichter Gepanzerter Beobachtungskraftwagen

This vehicle is an armored version of the l. Zg. Kw. 1 ton (Sd. Kfz. 10) used for reconnaissance purposes. In appearance it closely resembles the light armored personnel carrier (Sd. Kfz. 250). There are a number of minor differences in the suspension of the armored versions as compared with the Sd. Kfz. 10, the principal one being one less bogie wheel.

The mechanical components of the chassis are the same as those utilized in the Sd. Kfz. 10, therefore the road performance of the two vehicles is similar.

The net weight of the vehicle ready to drive is 11,022 pounds; the combat weight 12,540 pounds. The weight on the front axle is 2,552 pounds; the weight on the tracks 9,988 pounds.

Its maximum highway range is 198 miles on a fuel tank capacity of 35 gallons. The crew consists of four, including the driver.

This vehicle, like all semitracks, is equipped with a power cable winch having a lifting power of 5,500 pounds. The turning radius measures 35 feet.


Weight         5.5 tons
Length 15 ft., 5 ins.
Width 6 ft., 4 ins.
Height 5 ft., 11 ins.
Ground clearance 11 ins.
Tread centers (Wheel, 64 ins.), (Track, 62 ins.)
Ground contact 3 ft., 11 ins.
Width of track 9.4 ins. (Wheel, 7.5 ins.)
Track links 38
Pitch of track 6 5/16 ins.
Fording depth 27.5 ins.
Theoretical radius of action
     Roads 198 miles
     Cross-country 130 miles
     Roads 40 m.p.h.
     Cross-country 25 m.p.h.
     Front plate
Engine Maybach 6-cyl. NL 42 TRKM—100 hp.
Steering Under 15°—normal; over 15° epicyclic
Crew         4

German: p. 47

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