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Sd.Kfz. 251 / 1 Ausf. D

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  • # Built 10,602 Ausf. D / 15,252 all variants
  • Weight 8.6 tons
  • Engine Mayback HL42, 6 cly, 99 hp.
  • Crew 2 plus 10 passengers
  • Range 186 miles
  • Speed 32 mph
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The Sd.Kfz. 1/1 Ausf. D or Hanomags was a German half-tracked armored personnel carrier designed to allow infantry to be transported into battle under armor protection. Its half-tracked design allowed the vehicle to keep up with tanks in terrain that trucks could not traverse.

At least 23 different variants of the Sd.Kfz. 251 were produced during the war, including ambulances, self-propelled guns, and mortar carriers. The Sd.Kfz. 251 series saw action with the German military on all fronts beginning with the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and continued in service until the end of the war. The Sd.Kfz 251 was the most produced German armored vehicle of WWII, but the one  at the AHM is one of just two on display in the United States.

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Museum Closed Saturday, February 11th for Private Vietnam POW Event

The American Heritage Museum will be closed to the public on Saturday, February 11th for a private Vietnam POW Event. The museum will re-open Sunday, February 12th from 10:00am to 5:00pm and the new Hanoi Hilton POW Exhibit will be open that day for visitors.