Forces of Valor 85079 German Sd. Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. D Half-Track with PaK40 75mm Anti-Tank Gun & 7 Soldiers - Unidentified Unit, Poland, 1944 (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!"
The Sonderkraftfahrzeug (Sd. Kfz.) 251 half-track had its origins in the same requirement as the smaller and lighter Sd. Kfz. 250. Intended as an armored personnel carrier, the Sd. Kfz. 251 entered service in 1939, and quickly became the standard means of transport for the panzergrenadiers. As it turned out, the Sd. Kfz. 251 was an especially useful vehicle, not only capable of keeping up with the newly formed panzer divisions but also providing invaluable support as well.
All told, there were 22 special-purpose variants built, including the menacing-looking
Stuka zu Fuss ("Stuka on foot"), which mounted a series of rocket launchers on the outer sides of the vehicle. Other variants included a flame-thrower, anti-tank, and communications vehicle, as well as an observation post, ambulance, and infra-red searchlight carrier. Despite suffering from early reliability problems, the Sd. Kfz. 251 was produced by the thousands, eventually becoming a trademark of the German panzertruppe on all fronts.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Sd. Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. D Half-Track that was deployed to Poland during 1944.
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Length: 3 inches
Width: 1 inch
Release Date: December 2012