Battle Pass vehicles: Sd.Kfz.251/22

The Sd.Kfz.251/22 is a further tank destroyer variant of the widely used German Sd.Kfz.251 series of halftracks, already familiar to some tankers. Combining its small size with an everything but small high velocity anti-tank cannon, the unique Sd.Kfz. 251/22 will soon await tankers as one of the main prizes in the upcoming new season of War Thunder Battle Pass!

Sd.Kfz.251/22, tank destroyer, Germany, rank II, premium

Pros

  • Devastating cannon
  • Premium bonuses

Cons

  • Poor protection
  • Average mobility
History

In the final years of WWII, the Wehrmacht really began to feel the short supply of equipment due to the increasingly worsening war situation for Germany. Among all this, the Wehrmacht experienced a particular lack of self-propelled anti-tank vehicles as the Allies began pushing German troops back to their homeland. As a result, the order for the urgent conversion of the Sd.Kfz.251 half-tracks into tank destroyers armed with the 7,5 cm PaK 40 cannons was issued in late 1944.

After minor modifications were made, the first prototype of the Sd.kfz.251/22 was built in December 1944 while mass production began only a short while later. By March 1945 well over 200 units were produced. However, production was cut short due to the rapid advance of the Red Army in 1945. In service, the Sd.Kfz.251/22 although proving somewhat effective, suffered greatly from its excessive weight leading to frequent suspension breakdowns. Nonetheless, the Sd.Kfz 251/22 served on until the war’s end whilst captured versions continued theri service with Yugoslav forces well into the 1950s!

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The Sd.Kfz.251/22 will be one of the main prizes awaiting participants of the New season of Battle Pass “Fearless Voltigeur”, soon starting in War Thunder.

Based on the chassis of the familiar German half-track already known to some tankers in the game, the Sd.Kfz.251/22 offers its aspiring commanders much more substantial levels of firepower thanks to its larger high velocity cannon!

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Armed with the 7,5 cm PaK 40 cannon tankers may already be familiar with from other German tank destroyers such as the ‘Pakwagen’, the Sd.kfz.251/22 is ideally equipped to deal with most other hostile armor it may encounter on the battlefield! However, the vehicle’s relatively high combat mass combined with only light protection make it an easy target for both aircraft as well as commanders of lighter, and thus more mobile vehicles. As a result, the Sd.Kfz.251/22 is a true glass cannon - potentially highly effective in the hands of a skilled tanker, but also easily taken out by cunning opponents!

Be sure to add the unique Sd.Kfz.251/22 to your in-game collection by taking part in the upcoming new season of the War Thunder Battle Pass. Good hunting tankers!

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