Autoblinda Lancia Lince

Kingdom of Italy/German Reich/Italian Social Republic/Italian Partisans/Italian Republic (1944-1951) Scout Car – 128~250 Built When the Second World War broke out, the Italian Regio Esercito (English: Royal Army) was not equipped with a fast and lightly armored scout car. After the experience gained in the North African Campaign, in which the Italian Army captured some…

Panzerspähwagen AB41 201(i)

German Reich (1943-1945) Medium Armored Car – ~200 Operated After the 8th September 1943’s Armistice between the Kingdom of Italy and the Allied forces, the Wehrmacht launched Fall Achse (English: Operation Axis) to disarm their Italian former allies in Italy, France, and the Balkans. Around 200 AB41 armored cars were captured and almost immediately redeployed…

Landsverk 181

Kingdom of Sweden (1933-1945) Armored Car – 18 Built Lithuania (1933-1940) 6 Purchased Soviet Union (1940-1941) 6 Captured Kingdom of the Netherlands (1934-1940) 12 Purchased German Reich (1940-1945) 12 Captured The Swedish Landsverk series of armored cars from the Interwar period were a successful export venture, with sales predominantly being made to neutral countries. These…

Schwerer geländegängiger gepanzerter Personenkraftwagen, Sd.Kfz.247 Ausf.A (6 Rad) and B (4 Rad)

German Reich (1938-1945) Armored Staff Car – 10 Ausf.A and 58 Ausf.B Built The Sd.Kfz.247 Ausf.A and B were armored cross-country cars intended for transporting very senior German officers around safely, even on rough terrain. Due to the rising need for such an armored car that would be easy to build, a development already began…

Leichter Panzerspähwagen (M.G.) Sd.Kfz.221

German Reich (1935-1945) Armored Reconnaissance Car – 339 Built The German Kfz.13, although an initial success as the first serially produced armored car, lacked armor and any fighting capabilities and was never intended for combat use. This led to the need for a new armored car that would be built on a new standard chassis…

Panzerspahwagen 204(f) with 45 mm 20-K Canon

German Reich (1941~1943) Armored Car – Very Likely Unique Germany’s victories during the early phases of the Second World War gifted the Wehrmacht with a large fleet of captured armored fighting vehicles. The fall of France, in particular, saw Germany get its hands on most of the former vehicle fleet of the French Army, as…

Maschinengewehrkraftwagen (Kfz.13) and Funkkraftwagen (Kfz.14)

German Reich (1932-1941) Armored Reconnaissance Car/Radio Car – 116-147 Built (Kfz.13), 30-40 Built (Kfz.14) In the early thirties, the German army showed interest in the adoption of new types of armored cars. At that time, the German economic situation was dire, having entered a crisis due to the Great Depression, and for this reason, a…

Sd.Kfz.263 6-Rad

German Reich (1935-1937) Heavy Armored Car – 12-28 Built One of the essential elements of the German military doctrine of the Second World War (widely popularized as the ‘Blitzkrieg’) was the excellent and continuous communication between military units. To meet this requirement, the German army built a variety of specialized vehicles intended for maintaining communications,…

Sd.Kfz.231 8-Rad

German Reich (1937-1942) Heavy Armored Car – 1,235 Built A forerunner: The Sd.Kfz.231 (6-rad) The Schwere Panzerspähwagen (heavy reconnaissance armored car) concept was first developed into several road wheeled vehicles tested at the secret Kazan proving grounds, in the USSR, following an agreement between the two countries. The first model developed as a series, following…

Sd.Kfz.222/223

German Reich (1938-1941) Armored Scout Car – 2,380 Built Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 This modernized version of the 221 appeared when the needs of the army evolved and required a better design. First, the hull shape and internal structure was rearranged. There was a step down behind the turret – which was larger and 10 sided…