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Equipment of the 21.Infanterie-Division
The 21.Infanterie living history group has a number of vehicles and equipment on which we base our impression around.
We have a selection of both original and replica vehicles and equipment in our group.
Sd. Kfz. 223 (Light armoured reconnaissance car )
The Sd Kfz 223 was used as a command and communication vehicle. It was fitted with a powerful radio (and frame antenna) over the machine-gun turret. The vehicle was crewed by 3, a driver, machine gunner and a radio operator. It was produced up until early 1944, production ceasing in favour of half-tracked radio vehicles. Between 1935 and 1944, 550 Sd Kfz 223 were produced.
The U23, or Type 23, was a light (2-ton) truck introduced by Citroën in 1936.
The production lasted for a very long time, from the late 1930s to the early 1960s. One major customer was the French military, who ordered large quantities of Type 23s after the declaration of World War II. At the time of the German invasion, more than 12,000 Type 23 had been delivered in less than ten months. About 6000 Citroën U23 were pressed into German service after the French defeat of June 1940
Volkswagen (Porsche) Type 82 Kübelwagen
The Volkswagen Kübelwagen was a light military vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen during World War II for use by the German military (both Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS). Based heavily on the Volkswagen Beetle, it was prototyped as the Type 62, but eventually became known internally as the Type 82.
Motorcycle and Sidecar
The BMW R75 is a World War II-era motorcycle and sidecar combination produced by the German company BMW. All were fitted with a locking differential and selectable road and off-road gear ratios through which all four and reverse gears worked. This made the R75 highly manoeuvrable and capable of negotiating most surfaces.
The BMW R75 and its rival the Zündapp KS 750 were both widely used by the Wehrmacht in Russia and North Africa
The Pak 36 (Panzerabwehrkanone 36) was a German anti-tank gun that fired a 3.7 cm calibre shell.In 1943, the introduction of the Stielgranate 41 shaped charge meant that the Pak 36 could now penetrate any armour, although the low velocity of the projectile limited its range. The Pak 36s, together with the new shaped charges, were issued to Infantry units and other light troops. The gun's low weight meant that it could be easily moved by hand, and this mobility made it ideal for their purpose.
15cm Nebelwerfer 41
The 15 cm Nebelwerfer 41 (15 cm NbW 41) was a German multiple rocket launcher used in the Second World War. It served with units of the Nebeltruppen, the German equivalent of the U.S. Army's Chemical Corps. Just as the Chemical Corps had responsibility for poison gas and smoke weapons that were used instead to deliver high-explosives during the war, so did the Nebeltruppen. The name Nebelwerfer is best translated as "smoke thrower".
20mm Flak 38
Anti Aircraft gun
The Flak 30 (Flugabwehrkanone 30) and improved Flak 38 were 20 mm anti-aircraft guns used by various German forces throughout World War II. It was not only the primary German light anti-aircraft gun, but by far the most numerously produced German artillery piece throughout the war
(German field kitchen)
The German field kitchen (Gulaschkanone) was like everything associated with the Wehrmacht carfully stududied and thought out. The objective was to ensure that every German soldier got at least one hot meal every day. The German Gulaschkanone or field kitchen was an efficient means of providing large quantities of nourishing hot meals using the the minimum of resources.
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