List of Sd.Kfz. designations

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Sd.Kfz., short for Sonderkraftfahrzeug ("special-purpose vehicle"), numbers were assigned to armored, tracked, and half-tracked vehicles in military service with Nazi Germany prior to and during World War II.

Sd.Kfz. numbering system[edit]

There was no strict rules regarding number series. For example, the Pz Kpfw II Ausf. L was designed and named as a reconnaissance vehicle, yet was placed in the 100-series rather than the 200-series. Overall, the vehicles were placed in these categories:

  • Sd.Kfz. 1 to 99: Unarmored half-tracked vehicles
  • Sd.Kfz. 100 to 199: Tanks and tank variants, such as tank destroyers and self-propelled artillery
  • Sd.Kfz. 200 to 299: Reconnaissance vehicles, armored cars, armored personnel carriers, and command tanks
  • Sd.Kfz. 300 and above: Mine clearers and demolition charge laying vehicles

Designations[edit]

Sd.Kfz. 1 to 99[edit]

  • Sd.Kfz. 2 (Kettenkrad light halftrack "tracked motorcycle")
    Sd.Kfz. 2
    • Sd.Kfz. 2/1 (Field cable-laying variant for long distance field cable "Feldfernkabel")
    • Sd.Kfz. 2/2 (Field cable-laying variant for heavy field cable "Schweres Feldkabel")
  • Sd.Kfz. 3 (Maultier) half track cargo vehicle
    Sd.Kfz. 3 (Maultier)
    • Sd.Kfz. 3a (Maultier based on 2 ton Opel trucks)
    • Sd.Kfz. 3b (Maultier based on 2 ton Ford trucks)
    • Sd.Kfz. 3c (Maultier based on 2 ton KHD trucks)
  • Sd.Kfz. 4 (Maultier based on 4.5 ton trucks)
    • Sd.Kf.z 4/1 (Maultier with 15 cm Nebelwerfer 42 rocket launcher)
  • Sd.Kfz. 6 (5 ton medium halftrack for the engineers)
    Sd.Kfz. 6
    • Sd.Kfz. 6/1 (5 ton medium halftrack for the artillery)
    • Sd.Kfz. 6/2 (self-propelled 37 mm antiaircraft gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 7 (8 ton medium halftrack)
    • Sd.Kfz. 7/1 (self-propelled 20 mm quad antiaircraft gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 7/2 (self-propelled 37 mm antiaircraft gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 8 (12 ton heavy halftrack)
    Sd.Kfz. 8
  • Sd.Kfz. 9 (18 ton heavy halftrack)
    • Sd.Kfz. 9/1 (halftrack mounted 6 ton crane)
    • Sd.Kfz. 9/2 (halftrack mounted 10 ton crane)
  • Sd.Kfz. 10 (1 ton light halftrack)
    Sd.Kfz. 10
    • Sd.Kfz. 10/1 (light gas detection vehicle)
    • Sd.Kfz. 10/2 (light decontamination vehicle)
    • Sd.Kfz. 10/3 (light decontamination sprayer vehicle)
    • Sd.Kfz. 10/4 (self-propelled 20 mm Flak 30 antiaircraft gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 10/5 (self-propelled 20 mm Flak 38 antiaircraft gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 11 (3 ton light halftrack)
    Sd.Kfz. 11
    • Sd.Kfz. 11/1 (smoke-generation vehicle)
    • Sd.Kfz. 11/2 (medium decontamination vehicle)
    • Sd.Kfz. 11/3 (medium decontamination spraying vehicle)
    • Sd.Kfz. 11/4 (smoke-generation vehicle)
    • Sd.Kfz. 11/5 (medium gas detection vehicle)

Sd.Kfz. 100 to 199[edit]

  • Sd.Kfz. 101 (Panzer I Ausf. A/B light tank)
  • Sd.Kfz. 111 (Panzer I ammunition carrier variant)
  • Sd.Kfz. 121 (Panzer II Ausf. A to F light tank)
  • Sd.Kfz. 122 (Panzer II "Flammingo" flamethrower tank)
  • Sd.Kfz. 123 (Panzer II Ausf. L "Luchs" reconnaissance tank)
  • Sd.Kfz. 124 (Wespe self-propelled 105 mm artillery)
  • Sd.Kfz. 131 (Marder II self-propelled 75 mm antitank gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 132 (Marder II self-propelled 76.2 mm antitank gun )
  • Sd.Kfz. 138 (Marder III self-propelled 75 mm antitank gun)
    Sd.Kfz. 138
    • Sd.Kfz. 138/1 (Grille self-propelled 150 mm infantry gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 138/2 (Hetzer tank destroyer based on the Panzer 38(t) chassis)
  • Sd.Kfz. 139 (Marder III self-propelled 76.2 mm antitank gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 140 (Flakpanzer 38(t) self-propelled 20 mm anti-aircraft gun on a Panzer 38(t) chassis)
    • Sd.Kfz. 140/1 (armored reconnaissance vehicle based on the Panzer 38(t))
  • Sd.Kfz. 141 (Panzer III medium tank with 37 mm or 50 mm L/42 main gun)
    Sd.Kfz. 141
    • SdKfz 141/1 (Panzer III medium tank with 50 mm L/60 main gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 141/2 (Panzer III medium tank with 75 mm L/24 main gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 142 (StuG III assault gun with 75 mm L/24 main gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 142/1 (StuG III assault gun with 75 mm L/43 or L/48 main gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 142/2 (StuH 42 assault gun with 105 mm L/28 main gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 143 (Panzer III based artillery observation post)
  • Sd.Kfz. 161 (Panzer IV medium tank with 75 mm L/24 main gun)
    Sd.Kfz. 161
    • Sd.Kfz. 161/1 (Panzer IV medium tank with 75 mm L/43 main gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 161/2 (Panzer IV medium tank with 75 mm L/48 main gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 161/3 (Möbelwagen self-propelled 37 mm antiaircraft gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 161/4 (Wirbelwind self-propelled 20 mm x 4 antiaircraft gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 162 (Panzer IV based tank destroyer with 75 mm L/48 main gun) Jagdpanzer IV
  • Sd.Kfz. 164 (Nashorn tank destroyer with 88 mm L/71 main gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 165 (Hummel self-propelled 150 mm artillery)
    • Sd.Kfz. 165/1 (self-propelled 105 mm artillery)
  • Sd.Kfz. 166 (Brummbär self-propelled 150 mm infantry gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 167 (StuG IV assault gun with 75 mm L/48 main gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 171 (Panther tank main battle tank)
    Sd.Kfz. 171
  • Sd.Kfz. 172 (Panther tank proposed assault gun variant)
  • Sd.Kfz. 173 (Jagdpanther tank destroyer)
  • Sd.Kfz. 179 (Bergepanther recovery variant)
  • Sd.Kfz. 181 (Tiger I heavy tank)
  • Sd.Kfz. 182 (Tiger II heavy tank)
  • Sd.Kfz. 184 (Elefant tank destroyer)
  • Sd.Kfz. 185 (Jagdtiger tank destroyer with 88 mm L/71 main gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 186 (Jagdtiger tank destroyer with 128 mm L/55 main gun)

Sd.Kfz. 200 to 299[edit]

  • Sd.Kfz. 221 (Leichter Panzerspähwagen with 7.92 mm machinegun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 222 (Leichter Panzerspähwagen with 20 mm L/55 main gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 223 (Leichter Panzerspähwagen with radio gear)
  • Sd.Kfz. 231 6-rad (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (6 wheel) with 20 mm L/55 main gun)
    Sd.Kfz. 231
  • Sd.Kfz. 231 8-rad (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (8 wheel) with 20 mm L/55 main gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 232 6-rad (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (6 wheel) with radio gear)
  • Sd.Kfz. 232 8-rad (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (8 wheel) with radio gear)
  • Sd.Kfz. 233 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen with 75 mm L/24 gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 234 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen)
    • Sd.Kfz. 234/1 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen with 20 mm L/55 gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 234/2 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen with 50 mm L/60 gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 234/3 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen with 75 mm L/24 gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 234/4 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen with 75 mm L/46 gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 247 (armored staff car)
  • Sd.Kfz. 250 (armored light halftrack)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/1 (light armored halftrack with communications gear)
      Sd.Kfz. 250
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/2 (light armored halftrack with cable-laying gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/3 (light armored halftrack with radio gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/4 (light armored halftrack with twin antiaircraft machineguns)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/5 (light armored halftrack observation post)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/6 (light armored halftrack reconnaissance vehicle)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/7 (light armored halftrack mortar carrier)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/8 (light armored halftrack with 75 mm L/24 gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/9 (light armored halftrack with 20 mm L/55 gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/10 (light armored halftrack with 37 mm antitank gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/11 (light armored halftrack with 28 mm antitank gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/12 (light armored halftrack for survey crews)
  • Sd.Kfz. 251 (medium armored halftrack)
    Sd.Kfz. 251
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/1 (medium armored halftrack with communications gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/2 (medium armored halftrack mortar carrier)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/3 (medium armored halftrack with radio gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/4 (medium armored halftrack tractor for infantry guns)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/5 (medium armored halftrack for engineers)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/6 (medium armored halftrack command post)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/7 (medium armored halftrack for engineers)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/8 (medium armored halftrack ambulance)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/9 (medium armored halftrack with 75 mm L/24 gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/10 (medium armored halftrack with 37 mm antitank gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/11 (medium armored halftrack with telephone equipment)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/12 (medium armored halftrack with survey gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/13 (medium armored halftrack with artillery sound recording gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/14 (medium armored halftrack with artillery sound ranging gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/15 (medium armored halftrack with artillery flash spotting gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/16 (medium armored halftrack with flamethrower)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/17 (medium armored halftrack with 20 mm L/55 gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/18 (medium armored halftrack observation post)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/19 (medium armored halftrack with telephone exchange gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/20 (medium armored halftrack with infrared searchlight)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/21 (medium armored halftrack with triple MG151 15 mm or 20 mm guns)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/22 (medium armored halftrack with 75 mm L/46 Pak-40 gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/23 (medium armored halftrack reconnaissance vehicle - possibly never produced. Was to have a 20mm gun in turret similar to SdKfz 234/1)
  • Sd.Kfz. 252 (light halftrack ammunition carrier)
  • Sd.Kfz. 253 (light halftrack observation post)
  • Sd.Kfz. 254 (medium track or wheel observation post)
  • Sd.Kfz. 260 (light armored radio car)
  • Sd.Kfz. 261 (light armored radio car)
    Sd.Kfz. 261
  • SdKfz 263 6-rad (heavy armored radio car - 6 wheel)
  • Sd.Kfz. 263 8-rad (heavy armored radio car - 8 wheel)
  • Sd.Kfz. 265 (Panzer I command tank)
  • Sd.Kfz. 266 (Panzer III command tanks with FuG 6 and FuG 2 radios)
  • Sd.Kfz. 267 (Panzer III, Panther tank, and Tiger I command tanks with FuG 6 and FuG 8 radios)
  • Sd.Kfz. 268 (Panzer III, Panther tank, and Tiger I command tanks with FuG 6 and FuG 7 radios)

Sd.Kfz. 300 and above[edit]

  • Sd.Kfz. 300 (Minenräumwagen remote-control mine destroyer)
  • Sd.Kfz. 301 (Borgward B IV heavy remote-control demolition layer)
  • Sd.Kfz. 302 (Goliath vehicle light remote-control demolition vehicle)
  • Sd.Kfz. 303 (Goliath vehicle light remote-control demolition vehicle)
    Sd.Kfz. 303
  • Sd.Kfz. 304 (Springer vehicle medium remote-control demolition vehicle)
  • Sd.Kfz. 305 (Opel Blitz 3 ton 4x2 Truck)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to World War II armored fighting vehicles of Germany at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]