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Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 25. Chapters: Half-tracks of World War II, Sd.Kfz. 10, M3 Half-track, Sd.Kfz. 11, Sd.Kfz. 251, Sd.Kfz. 250, Sd.Kfz. 8, M2 Half Track Car, Sd.Kfz. 9, M3 GMC, Schwerer Wehrmachtschlepper, Sd.Kfz. 7, SdKfz 2, Linn tractor, SdKfz 4, SdKfz 254, Sd.Kfz. 252, P107, Kégresse track, SdKfz 6, SdKfz 253, BA-30. Excerpt: The Sd.Kfz. 10 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug - special motorized vehicle) was a German half-track that saw very widespread use in World War II. Its main role was as a prime mover for small towed guns such as the 2 cm FlaK 30, the 7.5 cm leIG, or the 3.7 cm PaK 36 anti-tank gun. It could carry eight troops in addition to towing a gun or trailer. The basic engineering for all the German half-tracks was developed during the Weimar-era by the Reichswehr's Military Automotive Department, but final design and testing was farmed out to commercial firms with the understanding that production would be shared with multiple companies. Demag was chosen to develop the smallest of the German half-tracks and spent the years between 1934 and 1938 perfecting the design through a series of prototypes. The chassis formed the basis for the Sd.Kfz. 250 light armored personnel carrier. Approximately 14,000 were produced between 1938 and 1945, making it one of the most widely produced German tactical vehicles of the war. It participated in the Invasion of Poland, the Battle of France, the Balkans Campaign and fought on both the Western Front and the Eastern Front, in North Africa and in Italy. A Sd.Kfz 10/1 gas detection vehicle towing a 28/32 cm Nebelwerfer 41 rocket launcherThe Sd.Kfz. 10 was unique among German half-track designs as it used a hull rather than a frame. Power was provided by a Maybach 6-cylinder, water-cooled, 3.791 litres (231.3 cu in) NL 38 TRKM gasoline engine of 90 horsepower (91 PS). It had a semi-automatic Maybach Variorex-transmission SRG 102128H (Schaltreglergetriebe 102128H) with seven forward and three reverse gears. The driver selected the desired gear and initiated the shift by depressing the clutch. It could attain 75 km/h (47 mph), but the driver was cautioned not to exceed 65 km/h (40 mph). In 1942 the Luftwaffe limited its vehicles to a non-tactical speed of only 30 km/h (19 mph) to extend the life of the rubber track pads (Gummipolster). Both tracks and wheels we
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