Tamiya TAM26536 German Sd. Kfz. 250/3 Light Command Half-Track - 'Grief', Deutsches Afrika Korps, 1941 (1:48 Scale)
"Rommel, you magnificent bastard. I read your book."
- George C. Scott playing the part of General George S. Patton, Jr. from the feature film "Patton"
The Sd. Kfz. 250 was a light armored halftrack, very similar in appearance to the larger Hanomag-designed Sdkfz 251, and built by the DEMAG firm, for use by Nazi Germany in World War II. The 250 had 4 roadwheels and a cargo capacity of one ton.
Compared to U.S. halftracks, the Sd. Kfz. 250 series was less mobile, with unpowered front wheels. However, its tracks made it far more mobile than the armoured cars it replaced, and it was a popular vehicle. Most variants were open-topped and had a single access door in the rear.
Adopted in 1939 to supplement the standard halftrack, it was based on the 1938 Sd.Kfz. 10 prime mover and intended to carry an infantry section in company with an armoured car. Production delays meant the first 250 did not appear until mid 1941.
The Sd. Kfz. 250/3 leichter Funkpanzerwagen was designed as a command variant, equipped with radio equipment and the "bedstead" aerial frame.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a German Sd. Kfz. 250/3 light command half-track that is emblazoned with the word 'Grief' on its side and used by General Erwin Rommel of the Deutsches Afrika Korps as a command vehicle during 1941. Rommel figurine included. Sold Out!
Length: 4 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: April 2009
Historical Account: "Panzer greift an" - During WWII, the German Army utilized a large number of half-tracks for various purposes. The Sd. Kfz. 250 series of half-tracks in particular featured armored personnel carrier, command, reconnaissance, munitions carrier, and many other variants, which served on every combat front during the war. In North Africa, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was well-known to ride into battle on his personal Sd.Kfz.250/3, which had the word "Greif" written prominently on its sides. This vehicle that was named after a mythical creature will forever be associated with the famous legendary "Desert Fox."
"Infantry Attacks" (in German: Infanterie greift an) is a classic book on military tactics written by German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel about his experiences in World War I. In it were his Stoßtruppen (shock troops) tactics. It was published in 1937 and helped to persuade Adolf Hitler to give Rommel high command, although he was not from an old military family or the Prussian aristocracy which had traditionally dominated the German officer corps. It is still reprinted from time to time.
Rommel planned to write a successor called "The Tank In Attack" (Panzer greift an) about tank warfare, and gathered much material during the North Africa campaign. However he died before completing this work.
Rommel's book, written as a day to day journal of his WWI exploits, was used throughout the west as a resource for infantry tactical movements. General George Patton was among the many influential military leaders reported to have read "Infantry Attacks". The book was referred to in the 1970 film Patton, when George C. Scott yells, "Rommel, you magnificent bastard. I read your book." However, in the scene where Patton is woken by his aides with news that Rommel's attack is in progress, the camera focuses on a book on Patton's bedside table which is entitled "The Tank in Attack", a book which Rommel had planned to write but never completed.
In 1943, an abridged version titled, more simply, "ATTACKS!" was released by the US military for officers tactical study.