Sd.Kfz. 4

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Maultier

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4 Gleisketten-Lastkraftwagen' ("chain-track truck"), was a 4.5-tonne military truck of Maultier ("mule") half-track family developed during World War II by Germany.
From 1943 some Maultier trucks were fitted with armored bodies, designated Sd.Kfz. 4.

Panzerwerfer

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3. In 1943 Opel was ordered to build armored vehicles outfitted with 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 rocket launchers.
The two self-propelled artillery vehicles are the 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Selbstfahrlafette Sd.Kfz.4/1 (based on the Opel Maultier, or "mule", half-track) and 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Schwerer Wehrmachtsschlepper (or Panzerwerfer auf SWS).

Mercedes-Benz L 4500

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It was modified Standard Mercedes-Benz L4500S (4x2) with Horstmann suspension instead of back axle.
Also, the L 4500 chassis was used for the Sonderkraftfahrzeug 4.

8 cm Raketen-Vielfachwerfer

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Another multiple rocket launching system the 8 cm Raketen-Vielfachwerfer was also fitted to the Sd.Kfz.
Two of the most common mounts were an armored SOMUA MCG German designation S307(f) half-track modified by Alfred Becker for use by the Wehrmacht or a German Sd.Kfz. 4 half-track.

Mule

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4 Gleisketten-Lastkraftwagen' ("chain-track truck"), was a 4.5-tonne military truck of Maultier ("mule") half-track family developed during World War II by Germany.

Half-track

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4 Gleisketten-Lastkraftwagen' ("chain-track truck"), was a 4.5-tonne military truck of Maultier ("mule") half-track family developed during World War II by Germany.

World War II

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4 Gleisketten-Lastkraftwagen' ("chain-track truck"), was a 4.5-tonne military truck of Maultier ("mule") half-track family developed during World War II by Germany.

Nazi Germany

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4 Gleisketten-Lastkraftwagen' ("chain-track truck"), was a 4.5-tonne military truck of Maultier ("mule") half-track family developed during World War II by Germany.

Operation Barbarossa

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4 was developed after the 1941 invasion of the USSR to deal with the ice and mud, which bogged down the wheels-only road-bound commercial vehicles that were used to supply German forces.

Horstmann suspension

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It was modified Standard Mercedes-Benz L4500S (4x2) with Horstmann suspension instead of back axle.

Büssing

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Another manufacturer of 4.5-t truck, Büssing, planned a similar conversion of its Büssing-NAG L4500S, but did not proceed.

Opel

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3. In 1943 Opel was ordered to build armored vehicles outfitted with 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 rocket launchers.

Carden Loyd tankette

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The vast majority of Maultiers operated using British-pattern Carden-Loyd running gear, with the exception of the Type L4500R, which used PzKpfw. II running gear.

Panzer II

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The vast majority of Maultiers operated using British-pattern Carden-Loyd running gear, with the exception of the Type L4500R, which used PzKpfw. II running gear.

Machine gun

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4 was armed only with a light 7.92 mm MG 34 or MG 42 machine gun with a traverse of 270° and elevation limits of -12° to +80°.

MG 34

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4 was armed only with a light 7.92 mm MG 34 or MG 42 machine gun with a traverse of 270° and elevation limits of -12° to +80°.

MG 42

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4 was armed only with a light 7.92 mm MG 34 or MG 42 machine gun with a traverse of 270° and elevation limits of -12° to +80°.

List of Sd.Kfz. designations

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List of military vehicles of World War II

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Nebelwerfer

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Production quantities are unknown, but photographic evidence shows the launcher mounted on lightly armored versions of the Sd.Kfz. 4 "Maultier" and captured French SOMUA MCG half-track.

List of German combat vehicles of World War II

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List of German military equipment of World War II

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