|Sd Kfz 222 (GE301)|
The SdKfz 222 is the standard workhorse of the German reconnaissance forces. It first entered service in 1936 and production didn’t cease until mid 1943. A total of 989 were made, making it the most numerous German armoured car made during WWII.
|It was based on the earlier SdKfz 221 chassis, which had it’s origins in the standard Horch heavy car. The Sd Kfz 222 was fitted with a larger turret than the 221, fitting a 2cm KwK 30 automatic cannon initially, with later production switching to the 2cm KwK 38, which had a higher rate of fire. The gun had been fitted so it could be used in the anti-aircraft role, it could be raised to almost 90 degrees.|
|It was also armed with a MG34 machine-gun mount in the turret alongside the 2cm gun.|
On first entering service the Sd Kfz 222 had 8mm of armour all round, but from May 1942 this was increased to 30mm in the front.
Though production was stopped in 1943, they continued to be used right up until the end of the war.
|In Flames of War|
Two Sd Kfz 222 are accompanied by an Sd Kfz 223 radio armoured car in an Armoured Car Patrol. These are the eyes and ears of your Panzerkompanie. Use them to seek hidden enemies and reveal Gone to Ground platoons.
Remember with the recon rules your 222s can use a skill test in their Shooting step to reveal Gone to Ground troops. Enemy ambushes become harder with the presence of your own recon troops.
Designed by Evan
Painted by Richard