|Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma"|
|General Historical Information|
|Place of origin||Germany|
|Main armament|| 5 cm KwK 39 L/60|
|Coaxial weapon|| 7.92 mm MG 42|
17 x 150 rounds
|General Ingame Information|
The Sd.Kfz. 234 was an eight-wheeled armored car used by the German Army in the Second World War.
The combat experience of the existing 8-wheeled armored cars during the German invasions of Poland and France indicated some deficiencies in the current design. Therefore, in August 1940, an improvement program was started based upon a new set of requirements learned from combat experience. The result was the Sd.Kfz. 234. Protracted engine development meant the desert campaign was over before the Sd.Kfz. 234 arrived, but it nevertheless proved useful on the Eastern and Western Fronts.
The success lead to four variants. The Sd.Kfz. 234/1, Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma", Sd.Kfz. 234/3 and the Sd.Kfz. 234/4 "Pakwagen"
In FHSW, we have the Sd.Kfz. 234/2 nickname "Puma". They weighed nearly 12 tons and came equipped with the 5 cm Kwk 39/1 L/60 gun, the same as in the Pzkpfw Ausf. J¹, but with a muzzle brake attached. Even then, it was still capable of reaching speeds as high as 85 km/h, which is only 5 km/h slower than the American M8 Greyhound. Despite these qualities, the production of the Puma stopped in mid 1944 in favor of the other turret-less Sd.Kfz. 234's. At this time, only 101 Pumas were made and non have survive the war.
Ingame it's a very fast and maneuverable armored car. The speed makes it a fast killer, but the gun makes it a weak killer when it saw action on the Eastern Front against the Russian medium and heavy tanks. However, it's a very good vehicle to break through the lines and capture the flags. It's a perfect vehicle in Capture the Flag matches.