SdKfz 253

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SdKfz 253
Sd.Kfz. 253 01.png
Type Armored Car
Place of origin Nazi Germany
Production history
Manufacturer Demag/Wegmann
Produced March 1940
No. built 285
Length 4.70 metres (15 ft 5 in)
Width 1.95 metres (6 ft 5 in)
Height 1.80 metres (5 ft 11 in)
Crew 4

Armor 8-18mm
7.92 MG34
Engine 6-cylinder Maybach HL42TRKM
Payload capacity 2010 rounds
Speed 65 km/h

SdKfz 253 leichter Gepanzerter Beobachtungskraftwagen was a German light observation vehicle that was used by artillery forward observers to accompany tank and mechanized infantry units. The vehicle belonged to the SdKfz 250 family. The appearance was similar to the SdKfz 250, but the SdKfz 253 variant was fully enclosed. Demag/Wegman manufactured 285 vehicles between 1940-1941.[1]

SdKfz.253 crossing a bridge in the Balkans


  1. ^ "Leichte Gepanzerte Beobachtungskraftwagen Sd.Kfz.253". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  1. "Leichte Gepanzerte Beobachtungskraftwagen Sd.Kfz.253" Retrieved 2016-10-12.