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German Sd. Kfz. 4 Maultier Tracked Light Truck - 4.Panzer Division, Kursk, Russia, 1943

Eaglemoss German Sd. Kfz. 4 Maultier Tracked Light Truck - 4.Panzer Division, Kursk, Russia, 1943




 
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Eaglemoss EM008 German Sd. Kfz. 4 Maultier Tracked Light Truck - 4.Panzer Division, Kursk, Russia, 1943 (1:43 Scale) "The victor will not be asked afterwards whether he told the truth or not."
- German Chancellor Adolf Hitler

The Sd. Kfz. 4 Gleissketten-Lastkraftwagen (track chain truck) or 'Maultier' was a family of half-tracks developed during the Second World War by Germany which, between 1933 and 1945, was the leader in production of these vehicles.

The Sd. Kfz. 4 was developed after the 1941 invasion of Russia as the ice and mud of Russia bogged down the commercial vehicles (primarily the 3-ton Opel-Blitz Type 3.6-36 S, the 3t Ford V8 Type G 398 TS/V 3000 S, the Magirus Type S 3000 and the 4.5t Mercedes-Benz Type L 4500 R) that were used to supply German forces.

A total of 22,500 Sd. Kfz. 4 halftracks were produced by 1944. Later in the war, Opel trucks were outfitted with 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 rocket launchers and designated Sd. Kfz. 4/1's, with around 300 being produced. With the extra weight, these variants could only manage a top speed of 25mph.

The vast majority of Sd. Kfz. 4's were operated using the British Carden-Lloyd running gear, with the exception of the Type L 4500 R, which used PzKpfw II running gear. The half-track's 6-cylinder engines used 5 forward gears and one reverse, and at 3000rpm could attain a maximum foward speed of 40km/h. Each halftrack was equipped with the FuG Spr G f radio.

Aside from the Sd. Kfz. 4/1, the Sd .Kfz.'s were armed only with a light 7.92 mm MG34 or MG42 machine gun with a traverse of 270 and elevation limits of -12 to +80. With thin armor plating, the Sd. Kfz's were not ideal for close quarter combat against anything greater than small arms fire.

Pictured here is a 1:43 scale replica of a German Sd. Kfz. 4 Maultier Tracked Light Truck that was attached to the 4.Panzer Division, then deployed to Kursk, Russia, during 1943. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 4-1/2 inches
Width: 2 inches

Release Date: April 2014

Historical Account: The 4.Panzer Division (English: 4th Tank Division) was an armoured division in the German Army, the Wehrmacht, during World War II, established in 1938.

It participated in the 1939 invasion of Poland, the 1940 invasion of France, and the 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union. It remained on the Eastern Front, mainly under Army Group Centre, until it was trapped on the coast at Courland in the summer of 1944. It was evacuated by sea and returned to the main front in West Prussia in January 1945. It surrendered to the Soviets there at the end of the war.

During the Polish campaign, the division engaged in a series of massacres against the civilian population and POW's.

Features
  • Diecast metal construction
  • Working wheels and tracks
  • Realistic markings and insignia
  • Etched base
  • Comes with acrylic display case

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