Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mtl. SPW. Sd.Kfz. 251/9 ausf. D 
Kanonenwagen mit 7.5cm KwK 37 L/24

   The Sd.Kfz. (Sonderkraftfahrzeug) 251 Hanomag was used from 1939 until 1945 by Nazi Germany. Several manufactures built 10,602 Ausf D's from April 1943 until the end of the war.

   The Mtl. SPW. Ausf D half track had been changed slightly, for easier fabrication, from the previous models. As the war progressed these vehicles were required to take on tasks they were never designed to accomplish initially. The Sd. Kfz. 251/9 nick named the "Stummel" a SPG variant (AKA the "Kanonenwagen") using a short barrel 7.5cm (2.95") howitzer with the same mounting as the StuG III, was one of these vehicles.
"7.5cm Stummel" in the Munster Tank Museum
Brutal broken down winter repair

 The first Stummels were used with the SS-Panzerregiment 4 "Der Furhrer" and the 2nd SS Armored Division. Later the Paratrooper division "Herman Goring" used them as armored reconnaissance.

I built the Tamiya model # 35147 of the Kanonenwagen in the late 90's. The results are below.

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