The Sd.Kfz. 247 was an armored command car used by the German Armed Forces during World War II. Before the war, 10 six-wheeled models (Ausf. A) were built; this was followed during the war by 58 four-wheeled models (Ausf. B). The proper name was schwerer geländegängiger gepanzerter Personenkraftwagen ("Heavy All-Terrain Armoured Motor Vehicle").
Sd.Kfz 247 Ausf. B
|Place of origin||Nazi Germany|
|Wars||World War II|
|Designer||Krupp (Ausf. A), Daimler-Benz (Ausf. B)|
|Manufacturer||Krupp (Ausf. A), Daimler-Benz (Ausf. B)|
|Produced||1937 (Ausf. A), 1941–1943 (Ausf. B)|
|No. built||10 (Ausf. A), 58 (Ausf. B)|
|Specifications (Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf. B)|
|Mass||4.46 tonnes (4.39 long tons; 4.92 short tons)|
|Length||5 metres (16 ft 5 in)|
|Width||2 metres (6 ft 7 in)|
|Height||1.8 metres (5 ft 11 in)|
|Armor||6–8 millimetres (0.24–0.31 in)|
|Engine||Horch 8-cylinder, water-cooled 3.8 petrol|
81 metric horsepower (80 hp)
|Transmission||5 x 1|
|Ground clearance||23 centimetres (9.1 in)|
|Fuel capacity||160 litres (42 US gal)|
|400 km (250 mi) (road)|
270 km (170 mi) (cross-country)
|Maximum speed||80 kilometres per hour (50 mph)|
The Sd.Kfz. 247 had an open-topped, thinly armored body mounted on a wheeled chassis. It was unarmed as its six-man crew was not intended to fight; rather, it was intended for use by the commanders of motorcycle and motorized reconnaissance battalions, although neither version was fitted with any radios. Its armor was intended to stop 7.92-millimetre (0.312 in) armor-piercing bullets at ranges over 30 metres (33 yd). Photographic evidence shows some Ausf. B vehicles were retro-fitted with a star-shaped radio antenna mounted inside the crew compartment, and an additional armor plate bolted to the lower glacis of the hull.
Krupp built ten Ausf. A models on the chassis of its L 2 H 143 6 × 4 truck (Krupp Protze) in 1937. Its 4-cylinder air-cooled gasoline flat engine 3.5-litre (210 cu in) Krupp M 305 65 horsepower (66 PS), gave it a top speed of 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph) and a range of 350 kilometres (220 mi). Like all of the other vehicles that used this chassis, the Ausf. A had very limited cross-country mobility, drivers being advised to stay on roads and trails. It weighed 5.2 tonnes (5.1 long tons; 5.7 short tons), was 5.2 metres (17 ft 1 in) long, 1.96 metres (6 ft 5 in) wide and 1.7 metres (5 ft 7 in) tall.
Daimler-Benz built 58 of these in 1941—1942 on a 4 × 4 heavy-car chassis (s.Pkw. Typ 1c). The front-mounted engine was an 8-cylinder, 3.823-litre (233.3 cu in) Horch 3.5 petrol engine, giving it a road speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph). It had a maximum range of 400 kilometres (250 mi).
|Thickness/slope from the vertical||Front||Side||Rear||Top/Bottom|
|Superstructure||8 mm (0.31 in)/38°||8 mm (0.31 in)/35°||8 mm (0.31 in)/30°||open|
|Hull||8 mm (0.31 in)/35°||8 mm (0.31 in)/35°||8 mm (0.31 in)/36°||6 mm (0.24 in)|
- Chamberlain and Ellis, p. 205
- Jentz, pp. 50–53
- Jentz, pp. 49–50
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- Jentz, Thomas L. (2001). Panzerspaehwagen: Armored Cars Sd.Kfz.3 to Sd.Kfz.263. Panzer Tracts. No. 13. Boyds, Maryland: Panzer Tracts. ISBN 0-9708407-4-8.