- For the Steel Division II unit see SD2:Sd.Kfz. 251/7
Sd.Kfz. 251/7 is a German Transport unit. It is a transport halftrack used by the 116. Panzer.
The most widely produced German half-track, Sd. Kfz. 251 was introduced in 1939 and remained in production throughout the war, with at least 15,252 units produced. The popular Hanomag, as it was called by both Allied and Axis soldiers, was distinguished by its heavily angled armored hull and a very large track area with no return rollers, providing good traction and performance. The use of Schachtellaufwerk, overlapping and interleaved road wheels, contributed to it, at the cost of increased maintenance and severe vulnerability to Soviet winters and mud seasons, where they could be frozen solid.
251/7 was an assault engineer vehicle, with fittings for bridge ramps and other equipment on the sides. This variant additionally carries an anti-tank gun on the front weapon mount.
- The transport is an effective addition to any infantry force, providing much needed fire support at medium ranges and the ability to counter enemy light and even medium armored units. Coupled with the high speed, it can be an effective fireman, though requires officer support to give it the much needed one extra veterancy star.