German Sd.Kfz. 251/5 Pionierpanzerwagen Information

Apr 2017
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#1
The ww2 German Halftrack, the Sd.Kfz. 251/5 Pionierpanzerwagen, was an assault Engineer vehicle with inflatable boats stored in the side storage lockers, and light dismantleable assault bridges stored inside. Early command vehicles for Pioneer platoons (Pionierzug) were equipped with a 37 mm Pak 36 anti-tank gun mount.
My questions being, when was this vehicle (in this configuration) introduced?
Was the anti-tank gun usable on the vehicle?
How much preparation would it take to deploy the bridges?
I've looked several places but mostly find copies of the above information.
 

Nemowork

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Jan 2011
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#2
Most 251s that had a 37mm equipped as opposed to towing it removed the forward machinegun mount and mounted the 37mm swivel directly onto it but as far as i was aware that was the specialist 251/10 version. If its mounted on the forward pintle its fireable.

As far as i know the 251/5 had the option of the 2.8cm 2.8cm sPzB41 anti-tank gun instead of the forward MG, didnt know you could use the 37mm.

AS for deploying the bridges theres nothing technical to it. There a screw fitting that goes down through the bridge section into the carrying rails. Unscrew those, kick it off onto the ground then a couple of brawny guys pick it up and run where you want to use it. Repeat on the other side.


 
Apr 2017
988
U.S.A.
#3
Most 251s that had a 37mm equipped as opposed to towing it removed the forward machinegun mount and mounted the 37mm swivel directly onto it but as far as i was aware that was the specialist 251/10 version. If its mounted on the forward pintle its fireable.

As far as i know the 251/5 had the option of the 2.8cm 2.8cm sPzB41 anti-tank gun instead of the forward MG, didnt know you could use the 37mm.

AS for deploying the bridges theres nothing technical to it. There a screw fitting that goes down through the bridge section into the carrying rails. Unscrew those, kick it off onto the ground then a couple of brawny guys pick it up and run where you want to use it. Repeat on the other side.
Excellent, thank you.
Do you know when it was introduced?
 

Nemowork

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Jan 2011
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#4
Sorry my mistake, your talking about the earlier version, the 251/5, the one i've posted is the later 251/7.

Guess thats what i get for going by memory and being too quick to dig out photos. Ignore everything i said about bridging.

I couldnt be more specific, i've seen the 251/7 style external bridge carrier on C and D models which would make them late 1942 or 1943 vintage so the 251/5 has to be introduced some time after 1939 when they were first fielded and 42 when the improved 251/7 was introduced but i couldnt be more specific.
 
Apr 2017
988
U.S.A.
#5
Sorry my mistake, your talking about the earlier version, the 251/5, the one i've posted is the later 251/7.

Guess thats what i get for going by memory and being too quick to dig out photos. Ignore everything i said about bridging.

I couldnt be more specific, i've seen the 251/7 style external bridge carrier on C and D models which would make them late 1942 or 1943 vintage so the 251/5 has to be introduced some time after 1939 when they were first fielded and 42 when the improved 251/7 was introduced but i couldnt be more specific.
Okay, so the 251/5 saw action after 1939 and the 251/7 in 42?