Panzerstahl PS88017 German Sd. Kfz. 234/4 Pakwagen 8-Wheeled Armored Car - 4.Panzer Division, Prague, Czechoslovakia, May 1945 (1:72 Scale)
"We must do everything we can to promote anti-tank defense, and work just as hard to guarantee successful counter-attacks through the instrument of powerful tank forces of our own."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
On August 5th, 1940, an order was given to design an eight-wheeled armored car similar in design to the Sd. Kfz. 231. Unlike the previous design, where the armored body was bolted to the chassis, the Sd. Kfz. 234 armored hull was to serve as the chassis, thereby strengthening the overall integrity of the vehicle. Furthermore, the armored car was to have heavier armor and a 12-cylinder air-cooled diesel engine that would enable it to operate in the hot climate of North Africa as well as the cold steppes of western Russia. Two trial versions were built and an initial order was made for 500 vehicles, which was later increased to 1,500. The initial requirement was for a vehicle equipped with the 5cm KwK 39/1 gun (Sd. Kfz. 234/2). In January 1944, the order was cut to limit the Puma production to 100 vehicles so that two new variants could be created, one mounting a 2cm KwK gun and the other a more powerful 7.5cm KwK gun.
The 234/4 "Pakwagen" sported 1 x 7.5 cm PaK 40 L/48 in an open-topped superstructure replacing the turret. Eighty=nine were built between December 1944 and March 1945.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Sd. Kfz. 234/4 Pakwagen 8-wheeled armored car that was attached to the 4.Panzer Division, then defending Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1945. Now in stock!
Length: 3-1/4 inches
Width: 1-1/4 inches
Release Date: April 2011
Historical Account: "Last Stand" - The Prague Offensive was the last major Soviet operation of World War II in Europe. The offensive, and the battle for Prague, was fought on the Eastern Front from May 6th to the 11th, 1945. This battle for the city is particularly noteworthy in that it ended after the Third Reich capitulated on May 7th, 1945. This battle is also noteworthy in that it was fought concurrently with the Prague Uprising.
The city of Prague was ultimately captured by the USSR during the Prague Offensive. All of the German troops of Army Group Centre (Heeresgruppe Mitte) were killed or captured. The capitulation of Army Group Centre was nine days after the fall of Berlin and three days after Victory in Europe Day.