Panzer Tracts No. 15-4 – Schützenpanzer Sd.Kfz 251 to Vollketten M.S.P Kätzchen Book
The first part of this Panzer Tracts book covers the ongoing development of the Sd.Kfz 251 with the objective of turning it into a suitable combat vehicle. By November 1941 a specification was issued for a fully tracked M.S.P. (Mittlerer Schützen Panzerwagen) to replace the Sd.Kfz.251 and designated ‘Kätzchen’ (Kitten). The result was a highly efficient fully-tracked carrier but from the large number of original documents that we found we gain a unique insight not only into the design and development of the Kätzchen but the trials and tribulations of developing a new armoured vehicle in the rapidly deteriorating war situation.
With 16 pages of 1:35, 1:20 and 1:10 scale CAD drawings of the HKp 6.03, Munition-und Mannschaftsträger am Fahrgestell 38 M, Kätzchen K1, Kätzchen K2, Kätzchen 38t, Auto-Union Aufklärer, m.S.P.W.(2cm)(Sd.Kfz.251/17), m.S.P.W.(2cm)(Sd.Kfz.251/17) Ausf.B Schwebelafette, m.S.P.W. (Uhu) (Sd.Kfz.251/20), Artillerie Beobachtungs Wagen (Sd.Kfz.251) and m.S.P.W.(7,5cm)(Sd.Kfz.251) AK7B84.
Parallel with the Kätzchen development the war situation created a demand for solutions based on the readily available Sd.Kfz.251. Ongoing research led to the acquisition of new information that was not available when Panzer Tracts No.15-3 was published and allowed accurate large-scale drawing of the 2cm Schwebelafette 38 for the Sd.Kfz.251/17 and other final Sd.Kfz.251 projects. Following Panzer Tracts high standards, the text and data are based solely on primary sources. 60 large, clean photos illustrate this ‘must have’ 60-page book.