Krupp Kfz.70 Protze

This common 6 x 4 medium duty truck served the Wehrmacht throughout the War years.

Let’s take a brief look.

Krupp was well known as the pre-eminent German arms supplier through both World Wars. In 1934 they won a contract for their new Model 43 truck. It was a general purpose truck and artillery tractor, the “Kfz.70” designation here indicates the troop configuration. The “Protze” name was from a horse drawn artillery carriage.
Prior to the War it was upgraded to a Model 143, which looks exactly the same but the engine went from 53 horsepower to 60. In either case, the engine was flat four “boxer” that allowed for the low hood with good forward visibility. Production was discontinued in 1942 after 7000 examples had been built, in part because its fuel consumption was considered excessive. But it remained in service to the end of the War.

This particular vehicle could be either a Model 43 or 143. It was used by the 4th Sniper Regiment of the 6th Panzer Division during the summer of 1941, Operation Barbarossa.

This is the Tamiya kit.

The Protze and Opel Blitz are similar sized vehicles. I think the Protze is a little more versatile and rugged. As configured here the Protze is for troop transport while the Blitz is pure cargo.

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I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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4 Responses to Krupp Kfz.70 Protze

  1. Pierre Lagacé says:

    1/48 scale?

  2. Jeff Groves says:

    I’m happy that Tamiya has given 1/48 scale modelers such a great range of armor, in common scale with aircraft. Being a 1/72 scale devotee, I’d love to see them scale their kits down (both aircraft and armor) as well. Seems like they’re leaving money on the table.

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah it sure does! A lot of these would be pretty tiny in 1/72, although perhaps you’re used to that?

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