- For the Steel Division II unit see SD2:Sd.Kfz. 250/9
Sd.Kfz. 250/9 is a German Support unit.
Leichter Gepanzerte Kraftswagen (Light Armored Truck) was developed by combining a Sd.Kfz. 10 chassis modified by Demag with an armored body produced by Bussing-NAG. The goal was to provide armored divisions with a multipurpose armored halftrack, capable of keeping pace with them and affording its occupants a degree of protection. The design was finalized in 1941, after two years of work, and the vehicle entered production. Over 4000 were produced before a modified version (designated as Neu, New) was introduced in 1943, with a simplified armored body and slightly reduced weight. 2000 were produced.
A modification designed between March and July 1942 by Gustav Appel, as a replacement for the unsatisfactory SPW 222. By combining its turret, mounting a 2 cm KwK 38 L/55, with the all-terrain chassis of the 250 with a Hangelafette 38 mount, the company created an all-terrain recon unit that could also provide fire support and engage light vehicles. About 1000 vehicles were produced until the end of the war.
The Sd.Kfz. 250/9 is best used as a supporting unit, as its light armor and open top make it vulnerable to infantry at close range. Though the 20mm autocannon is able to rip any opposing infantry to shreds, it will quickly run out of ammunition. They are quite capable of eliminating enemy AT guns at closer range, if they are not taken out first.