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Leichter Schützenpanzerwagen

  Sd.Kfz.250/3 Ausf. B

In Detail

This very complete Sd.Kfz.250 B hull was discovered, by contractors in Eastern Europe, buried in an old shell hole. The vehicle retained all its thin metal internal and external fittings in addition to its armour. There was no trace of the vehicle’s original markings save for a white shield with what appeared to be an arrow on the rear access door. After some research this was confirmed to be the unit insignia of the 6tth Panzer Division, which was engaged in fierce combat in Hungary in the winter of 1944-5.   We do not know yet where exactly it was unearthed. The location is important as it could provide us with more clues as to when it was destroyed which in turn will assist in identifying the exact deployment within the 6th Panzer Division’s strength - company, section or even the people who served in this particular vehicle.

The external characteristics of the vehicle provide us with further insight. The upper rear left hand side panel where the antenna base is located shows a panel about 20cm in length protruding into the vehicle interior. This plate is specific to the body of the Sd.Kfz.250/3 Ausf.B or Sd.Kfz.250/5 and provides protection for the antenna cable at the point of entry into the antenna base area.

Due to a number of missing equipment fixing points, it was concluded that this vehicle was not an Sd.Kfz.250/5.

The 6th Panzer Division shield was faithfully recorded and the artwork is a faithful rendition of the original. The original photos of the time of 6th Panzer show various iterations of the symbol. We have replicated exactly what remained on the rear door to produce the unit symbol once more.

However due to the lack of additional tactical symbols, or markings. The establishment of where the vehicle was specifically deployed and to what section, or company will require in-depth research. This research involves both documentary and actual detail incorporated in, or on the vehicle.

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