This light armored half-track saw service from early 1941 to the end of the War.
Join me for a brief look at this German fighting vehicle.
Half-tracks date back to 1911 and were first designed to make a truck with greatly improved off road capability. They were meant to be faster and cheaper than pure tracked vehicles. But only the US and Germany ever mass produced them (Russia, France, Britain, Japan; possibly others I don’t know, built them in much more limited numbers).
Before the War, the large Sd.Kfz. 251 entered service, mostly as a personnel transport. It was used much as an APC today to provide infantry support to fast moving Panzer divisions. But the Sd.Kfz. 251 was expensive and slow to build, so the smaller Sd.Kfz. 250 was ordered to supplement the bigger type. It would especially see service with recon units and as a radio equipped command vehicle.
The vehicle shown here is perhaps the most famous such command half-track. It was used by Erwin Rommel during the summer of 1942 for his drive across North Africa. It is from the Tamiya kit.