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Mun. Trsp. Kw. Auf. Lr. S.: Ammunition Carrier (on French Lorraine Chassis)

Mun. Trsp. Kw. Auf. Lr. S.: Ammunition Carrier  (on French Lorraine Chassis)

The chassis of this vehicle is divided into the driving compartment at the front, the engine compartment in the center and an open-welled tray at the rear. The driving and engine compartments are armored on the sides and top; the rear compartment is armored on the sides only. The superstructure plates over the driving and engine compartments are bolted, whereas the sides of the rear superstructure are of riveted construction. With the exception of the cast nose plate and pressed steel cover, all the plates are flat and are riveted or bolted together over angle sections. There are no formed plates or welded joints. The armor thickness of the original carrier is as follows: Nose of hull 12 mm; front sloping plate 9.5 mm; sides 9 mm; back 9 mm.

The chassis is suspended from three semi-elliptical leaf springs on each side. The load is transmitted from the central point of each spring through supporting members to each of three pairs of bogies on each side. The bogie wheels are of the single, rubber-tired type 17.5 inches in diameter. Adjustment of the outside center guide track is provided by a movable rear idler. The driving sprocket is at the front and the track is returned on four return rollers positioned at the extremities of the semi-elliptical springs.

The power unit is the Delahaye, straight 6-cylinder, water-cooled, gasoline engine rated at 80 h.p. It has a bore of 84 mm and a stroke of 107 mm. The transmission is mounted centrally to the right of the driver. It provides five forward speeds and one reverse, the fifth speed being direct. The steering unit is housed in a large steel casting which forms the front plate of the vehicle. The brakes of external contracting type are mounted on the differential unit and therefore operate in oil.


Length         12 ft., 6 ins. (approx.)
Width 5 ft., 10 ins.
Ground clearance 7 ins.
Tread centers 4 ft., 4.6 ins.
Ground contact 9 ft.
Width of track 8.5 ins.
Pitch of track 3.18 ins.
Track links 109
Fording depth
Theoretical radius of action
     Roads 21 m.p.h.
     Front plate 12 mm
     Sides 9 mm
Ammunition (rds.)
Engine Delahaye, 6-cyl., water-cooled, gasoline, 80 h.p.
Transmission 5 speeds forward, 1 reverse
Steering Controlled differential

German: p. 17

l. gp. Man. Trsp. Kw. (Sd. Kfz. 252): Light Armored Ammunition Carrier

l. gp. Man. Trsp. Kw. (Sd. Kfz. 252): Light Armored Ammunition Carrier

This is the light armored ammunition carrier with the chassis of a light semitrack prime mover. Except for its sloping rear superstructure and small personnel compartment it is similar in appearance to the Sd. Kfz. 250 and 253, all of which are armored counterparts of the Sd. Kfz. 10. Unlike the Sd. Kfz. 10, however, the suspension of this armored version has only four straddle-mounted bogie wheels on each side instead of five.

The power plant and power train in this vehicle are the same as those of the Sd. Kfz. 10 and, although the Sd. Kfz. 252 is heavier, the road performance of the two is similar.

The maximum highway range of this vehicle is 198 miles on a fuel tank capacity of 35 gallons. Its maximum speed is 35 m.p.h. and is operated by a crew of two.

The net weight of the vehicle ready to drive is 10,406 pounds. The combat weight is 12,606 pounds. Weight distribution on the front axle is 2,618 pounds and on the track 9,988 pounds. A power cable winch having a lifting power of 5,500 pounds is fitted as standard equipment. Outside measurement of the turning radius is 35 feet.


Weight         5.2 tons
Length 15 ft., 5 ins.
Width 6 ft., 5 ins.
Height 5 ft., 4 ins.
Ground clearance 11 ins.
Tread centers 5 ft., 5 ins.
Ground contact 3 ft., 11 ins.
Width of track 9 1/2 ins. (wheel 7.5 ins.)
Pitch of track 6 5/16 ins.
Track links 40
Weight on front axle 2,618 lb.
Fording depth 27 ins.
Theoretical radius of action
     Roads 198 miles
     Cross-country 130 miles
     Roads 35 m.p.h.
     Cross-country 25 m.p.h.
     Front plate 15 mm (est.)
     Sides 8 mm (est.)
Engine Maybach, 6-cyl., 100 hp., HL 42 TRKM
Transmission Preselective—7 speeds forward, 3 reverse
Steering 15° and over, epicyclic controlled differential
Crew 2

German: p. 46