The development of the Schutzenpanzer (armored maneuvering transport on crawler wheels) began in the 1930s. The German Sdkfz 251 was developed to be able to run on normal streets as well as in heavy terrain, with a maximum speed of 52.5 km p / h. The car weighs approximately 7.4 tonnes, which could transport 12 troops and is equipped with two heavy machine guns for defense purposes. The 251 was built in more than 10 different versions for various tasks in the German army, including exploration, pioneering work and the red cross.
This version is a so-called 'late war' version and features stripes camouflage and mustard yellow paint like most German armored vehicles drove around in 1944 at the time of the D-DAY invasion in Normandy France. Thus the vehicles were well hidden in the landscape for the enemy and better protected against the constant air attacks of Allied fighter-bombers.
This specimen has been reconstructed very accurately on the basis of a Czech TATRA OT810. During the German occupation in World War II, the company TATRA had to produce military vehicles for the German army that fully complied with the concept and model of already developed German armored vehicles. And that's how the OT810 came into being, which was actually a licensed 251.
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