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Leichter Beobachtungspanzerwagen   (Sd.Kfz.250/5) Ausf.B

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SdKfz 250/5 B
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This vehicle is no longer part of the collection but was restored in the Foundation’s workshops. Its body and chassis have since been used to further the restoration of two other vehicles. Introduced in mid-1941 this version was used as a forward observation vehicle for assault gun batteries and an armoured observation post of a Nachrichtenzug within organic Aufklärungs Abteilung. Equipped with primarily with FuG 4 and FuG 8 radios, and a special observation mount and “scissors” scope. . A typical example is the SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 1 LSSAH which in June 1944 would have included a Nachrichtenzug that contained 12 of these SdKfz 250/5. The Restoration. The chassis was found in northern France in the hands of a private collector. The original armour had long since been lost, replaced instead with a functional set of controls mounted on the original firewall for its post-war role as a timber yard tractor. What made this find all the more exciting was the discovery of the chassis plate giving the date of manufacture and the assembly plant. The Aufbaunummer (body number) and manufacturer's code reveals that the vehicle was manufactured as an early version of the 250/5 neue in 1943. Although it lost its original body ....