Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Sdkfz 251 armoured halftracks were originally created for carrying a platoon of infantry into battle along with the spearheading panzers.

As the war progressed, a wide range of more specialized vehicles were build using the halftrack as platform since these were cheaper to produce than tanks, and a lot of the tasks needed on the battlefield didn't require a fully tracked and heavily armoured platform.

One development was the sdkfz 251/9 "Stummel" (stump) seen here in the summer of 1944 during troop training in France (before the Normandy invasion)
The stummel mounted a short-barreled 75 mm gun and could provide some heavy fire support if the motorized infantry ran into strong enemy forces.

Babe - Nice bra.

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