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SDKFZ 260/261 Small Armored Radio Command Car


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: Germany
First Produced/Service Dates: 1941
Manufactured by: Chassis: Auto Union AG, Werk Horch; Assembly: Eisenwerk Weserhuette
Crew: 4
Armament: None Fitted.
Engine: 8 Cylinder Gasoline (Horch 3.8L)
Miscellaneous Info: The Sdfkz 260 and 261 Small Armored Radio Command Cars (kleiner Panzerfunkwagen) was closely related to the the Sdkfz 221, Sdkfz 222, and Sdkfz 223 as they were based on the same chassis and had similar armored hulls. Both the Sdkfz 260 and 261 were used at higher command levels and they were almost identical except for the radios and antennas fitted.  The Sdkfz 260 was fitted with the Fu 7 and Fu.Spr.Ger."a" radios, which used a rod antenna for operating on the same frequency band as aircraft. On the other hand, the Sdkfz 261 was fitted with a Fu 12 and  Fu.Spr.Ger."a" radios using a large frame antenna for longer range communications. 
Data Sheet Available:   None Available.

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
    Sdkfz 260 Small Armored Radio Command Car Photos The German Bundesarchiv
  Sdkfz 260 Small Armored Radio Command Car Photo (Identified as a 260 by author Alan Ranger, despite the unusual frame antenna) U.S. Library of Congress
  Sdkfz 261 Small Armored Radio Command Car Photo Australian War Memorial
      Sdkfz 261 Small Armored Radio Command Car Photos The German Bundesarchiv

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Sdkfz 221, 222, 223, 260 & 261 Information & Photos Sdkfz222.com

Printed

Reference Author
4-Wheeled Armoured Cars in Germany WW2 (MMP Books)

Book Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Alan Ranger
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Die Gepanzerten Radfahrzeuge: Des Deutschen Heeres 1905-1945 Walter Spielberger
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two (Revised) Peter Chamberlain & Hilary Doyle
German Armored Cars 1905-1945 Mariusz Skotnicki
German Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #33 Major General N.W. Duncan

German Armoured Cars 1921-1945 Part 1 (Pegaz # 5)

Pegaz Publishing
German Armoured Cars of World War Two John Milsom & Peter Chamberlain
  "German Armoured Reconnaissance" (July 2015 Issue of Classic Miltiary Vehicle Magazine) John Blackman
German Light Reconnaissance Vehicles Horst Scheibert
Leichter Panzerspaehwagen (Sd.Kfz.221, 222, and 223) and Kleiner Panzerfunkwagen (Sd.Kfz.260 and 261) (Panzer Tracts No. 13-1) Thomas Jentz & Hilary Doyle
Panzerspahwagen Uwe Feist & Robert Johnson (Ryton Publications)
Panzerspahwagen: Armored Cars Sdkfz 3 to Sdkfz 263 (Panzer Tracts No. 13) Thomas Jentz

Panzerspähwagen Sdkfz. 221/222/223: Wehrmacht Light 4-wheeled Armoured Cars and their Derivatives" (4014)

Tankograd Publishing

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Sdkfz 260 klein Panzerfunkwagen Model Kit (7446) Dragon Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
Sdkfz 260 Radio Communication Vehicle Model Kit (48193) ICM 1/48 Injection Molded Plastic.
Sdkfz 260 Radio Communication Vehicle Model Kit (72431) ICM 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
Sdkfz 261 klein Panzerfunkwagen Model Kit (7447) Dragon Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
Sdkfz 261 Radio Communication Vehicle Model Kit (48194) ICM 1/48 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

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