8 ton Halftrack Tractor
Krauss-Maffei Half-Track (8 ton)
With six different types the equipment of the German Wehrmacht with half-tracks was unnecessarily complex, resulting in serious problems in the supply of spare parts. Most common were the types with one, three and eight tons towing load. The five and twelve ton half-tracks were rather uncommon, and the big 18 ton half-track lost its importance with the advent of the heavy tanks (especially the “Panther“ and “Tiger“, but partly also the tank IV). These heavy armoured vehicles with weights of up to 68 tons could no longer be salvaged by half-tracks or other tractors, but required special recovery tanks for their rescue. The 8 ton half-track shown here was the most important tractor for the heavy artillery and the legendary 8.8 cm antiaircraft gun.
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World War II half-track use
Utility and tractor half-tracks
The Germans used a small 2 seater 1/2-ton class Sd.Kfz. 2 half-track (sometimes incorrectly referred to as a "half-track motorcycle") to pull small artillery guns, for ammunition haulage, general transport and as a ground towing vehicle for the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter. Built by NSU Motorenwerke AG Neckarsulm and Stoewer Werke Stettin, a total of 8,345 vehicles were produced between 1940 and 1944.
Other Wehrmacht models were:
1-ton class, Sd.Kfz. 10 produced by Demag, Berlin; Adler, Frankfurt am Main; Büssing-NAG, Brunswick; Phänomen, Cottbus and Saurer, Vienna, a total of 25,000 vehicles
3-ton class, Sd.Kfz. 11
produced by Hannomag, Adler, Auto-Union and Skoda from 1938 to 1944, a total of 25,000 vehicles
5-ton class. Sd.Kfz. 6, manufactured by Büssing-NAG, Berlin-Oberschönweide; Daimler-Benz and Praga (Czechoslovakia), about 3,500 vehicles in total
8-ton class. Sd.Kfz. 7, production was of about 12,000 vehicles
12-ton class. Sd.Kfz. 8, some 4,000 vehicles were produced by five manufacturers
18-ton class. Sd.Kfz. 9, a production of only 2,000 vehicles
Larger German half-track tractors were used to tow anti-tank and field artillery pieces. The largest of these were also used by mechanical engineers to retrieve bogged down vehicles or perform repairs such as engine maintenance.