List of Sd.Kfz. designations

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Sonderkraftfahrzeug (abbreviated Sd.Kfz.,[1] German for "special purpose vehicle") was the ordnance inventory designation used by Nazi Germany during World War II for military vehicles; for example Sd.Kfz. 101 for the Panzer I.

Sd.Kfz. 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 were 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: Unarmoured 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, armoured cars, armored personnel carriers, and command tanks
  • Sd.Kfz. 300 and above: Mine-clearing and demolition charge laying vehicles

Designations[edit]

Sd.Kfz. 1 to 99[edit]

Kettenkrad Sd.Kfz. 2 in Russia
  • Sd.Kfz. 2 (Kettenkrad light half-track "tracked motorcycle")
    • 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) unloaded from a Messerschmitt Me 323 "Gigant" transport aircraft
    • 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 Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz trucks)
  • Sd.Kfz. 4 (Maultier based on 4.5-ton trucks)
  • Sd.Kfz. 6 (5-ton medium halftrack for engineers)
    Sd.Kfz. 6
  • Sd.Kfz. 7 (8-ton medium half-track)
    • Sd.Kfz. 7/1 (self-propelled 20 mm quadruple anti-aircraft gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 7/2 (self-propelled 37 mm antiaircraft gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 7/6 (variant for anti-aircraft range finding)
  • Sd.Kfz. 8 (12-ton heavy half-track)
    Sd.Kfz. 8 half-track towing Gotha Go 242 glider
  • Sd.Kfz. 9 (18-ton heavy half-track)
    • 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 - carrier for 10 cm Nebelwerfer 35 and 10 cm Nebelwerfer 40 mortars
      • Sd.Kfz. 11/1 - designation re-issued in 1944: self-propelled 20 mm FlaK 38 antiaircraft gun
    • 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 and 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 (Flamm) flamethrower tank
  • Sd.Kfz. 123 Panzer II Ausf. L "Luchs" reconnaissance tank
  • Sd.Kfz. 124 Wespe self-propelled 10.5 cm leFH 18 howitzer on Panzer II chassis
  • Sd.Kfz. 131 Marder II self-propelled 7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun on Panzer II chassis
  • Sd.Kfz. 132 Marder II self-propelled Soviet 76.2 mm antitank gun
  • Sd.Kfz. 135 - Marder I Panzerjäger tank destroyer on captured French Lorraine 37L tracked carrier
    • Sd.Kfz. 135/1 (self-propelled 150 mm howitzer)
  • Sd.Kfz. 138 (Marder III self-propelled 75 mm anti-tank gun)
    Marder III (Sd.Kfz. 138) had either a Soviet 76.2 mm F-22 field gun, or German 7.5 cm PaK 40 on a Panzer 38(t) chassis
  • Sd.Kfz. 139 - Marder III self-propelled 76.2 mm anti-tank gun
  • Sd.Kfz. 140 - Flakpanzer 38(t) (Flakpanzer 38(t) auf Selbstfahrlafette 38(t) Ausf M) 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
    Panzer III (Sd.Kfz. 141) Ausf H with short 5cm KwK 38 gun
    • Sd.Kfz. 141/1 - Panzer III medium tank with 50 mm L/60 main gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 141/2 - Panzer III medium tank with short-barrelled 75 mm KwK 37 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
    Panzer IV Sd.Kfz. 161 with Schurzen side skirts
    • 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 - Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer with 75 mm L/48 main gun on Panzer IV chassis
  • Sd.Kfz. 164 - Nashorn (until 1944 known as Hornisse) panzerjäger tank destroyer with 88 mm Pak 43 main gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 165 - Hummel self-propelled 150 mm artillery
    • Sd.Kfz. 165/1 - Heuschrecke 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
    Panther Sd.Kfz. 171
  • Sd.Kfz. 172 -proposed assault gun variant of Panther tank
  • Sd.Kfz. 173 - Jagdpanther (Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf. B) tank destroyer
  • Sd.Kfz. 179 - Bergepanther recovery variant
  • Sd.Kfz. 181 - Tiger I heavy tank
  • Sd.Kfz. 182 - Tiger II ("Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B") heavy tank
  • Sd.Kfz. 184 - Ferdinand/Elefant "Panzerjäger Tiger (P)" tank destroyer
  • Sd.Kfz. 185 - Jagdtiger tank destroyer with 88 mm L/71 main gun due to lack of supply of 128mm gun
  • Sd.Kfz. 186 - Jagdtiger tank destroyer with 12.8 cm Pak 44 main gun

Sd.Kfz. 200 to 299[edit]

  • Sd.Kfz. 221 (Leichter Panzerspähwagen with 7.92 mm machinegun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 222 (Leichter Panzerspähwagen with 2 cm KwK 30 gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 223 (Leichter Panzerspähwagen with radio gear)
  • Sd.Kfz. 231 6-rad (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (6 wheel) with 2 cm KwK 30 gun)
    Sd.Kfz. 231
  • Sd.Kfz. 231 8-rad (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (8 wheel) with 2 cm KwK 30 gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 232 6-rad (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (6 wheel) with medium range and short range radios)
  • Sd.Kfz. 232 8-rad (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (8 wheel) with radio gear)
  • Sd.Kfz. 233 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen with 7.5 cm KwK 37 gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 234 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen)
    • Sd.Kfz. 234/1 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen with 20 mm gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 234/2 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen with 50 mm gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 234/3 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen with 75 mm gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 234/4 (Schwerer Panzerspähwagen with 7.5 cm Pak 40 gun)
  • Sd.Kfz. 247 (armored staff car)
  • Sd.Kfz. 250 (armored light halftrack)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/1 (with communications gear)
      Sd.Kfz. 250
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/2 leichter Fernsprechpanzerwagen light armored halftrack with cable-laying gear
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/3 (with radio gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/4 ( with twin antiaircraft machineguns)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/5 leichter Beobachtungspanzerwagen observation post)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/6 (reconnaissance vehicle)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/7 leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (schwerer Granatwerfer) (mortar carrier)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/8 leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (7.5 cm) with 7.5cm KwK 37 gun
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/9 ( with 20 mm L/55 gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/10 (with 37 mm antitank gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/11 (with 2.8 cm sPzB 41 anti-tank "rifle")
    • Sd.Kfz. 250/12 (for survey crews)
  • Sd.Kfz. 251 (medium armored halftrack)
    Sd.Kfz. 251 carrying troops in southern Russia in 1942
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/1 (with communications gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/2 (mortar carrier)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/3 (with radio gear)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/4 Schützenpanzerwagen für Munition und Zubehör des leIG18 - artillery tractor
    • 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 Schützenpanzerwagen (Drilling MG151s). with triple 15mm or 20mm MG151 autocannon)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/22 (with 75 mm L/46 Pak-40 gun)
    • Sd.Kfz. 251/23 (reconnaissance vehicle - possibly never produced. Was to have a 20mm gun in turret similar to Sd.Kfz. 234/1)
  • Sd.Kfz. 252 (light halftrack ammunition carrier)
  • Sd.Kfz. 253 leichter Gepanzerter Beobachtungskraftwagen (artillery observation post)
  • Sd.Kfz. 254 (medium track or wheel observation post)
  • Sd.Kfz. 260 (light armored radio car)
  • Sd.Kfz. 261 Kleiner Panzerfunkwagen equipped with radios for army communication)
    The Sd.Kfz. 261 had a large frame aerial over the vehicle
  • Sd.Kfz. 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, and Tiger I command tanks with FuG 6 and FuG 7 radios)

Sd.Kfz. 300 and above[edit]

Sd.Kfz. 303 version of the Goliath used a petrol engine as a cost-saving measure
  • Sd.Kfz. 300 - Minenräumwagen remote-control mine destroyer
  • Sd.Kfz. 301 - Borgward B IV heavy remote-control demolition layer
  • Sd.Kfz. 302 - Goliath tracked mine (Leichter Ladungsträger Goliath) light remote-control demolition vehicle with electric motor
  • Sd.Kfz. 303 - Goliath tracked mine light remote-control demolition vehicle with petrol engine
  • Sd.Kfz. 304 - Springer medium remote-control demolition vehicle
  • Sd.Kfz. 305 - Opel Blitz 3-ton 4x2 Truck

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chamberlain, Peter; Doyle, Hilary (1978). Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two: A complete illustrated directory of German battle tanks, armoured cars, self-propelled guns and semi-tracked vehicles, 1933-1945. Arco Pub. Co. p. 17. ISBN 978-0668045650.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

External links[edit]

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