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Historical treasure find of three Sd.Kfz. vehicles at one place!

Unbelievable find, two Sd.Kfz. 250 ausf.B  recoinassance vehicles from SS Division Wiking, 5. SS. Pz. A.A. and one Sd.Kfz. 251 ausf D found under 8 meters of postwar scrap found in town Graz, eastern Austria, near place where division surrended to US Troops  at Fürstenfeld

In a hole in the ground, in scrapyard under 8 meters of rusty metal and dust there left 3 real vehicles from world war two! Historical enthusiasts from Vienna were trying to locate place where after the war numerous of vehicles were scrapped, and after long research got a real luck. region Graz, Austria, went brought a treasure.

1) Sd.Kfz. 251 ausf D, Hanomag Hkl6.  mostly complete with rest of original tactical emblem of Wiking division.

2) Sd.Kfz 250 ausf B. Demag D7p in version sd.kfz. 250/1 – light armored recoinassance vehicle MG

leichte schutzenpanzerwagen

3) Sd.Kfz 250 ausf B. Demag D7p in version sd.kfz. 250/5 light armored observation vehicle (radio comand vehicle)
leichte beobachtungspanzer wagen

 

Sd.kfz. 251 ausf D on the left side of picture under 251 we can see sd.kfz. 250 B nose amor visible

Sd.kfz. 251 ausf D on the left side of pictures under 251 we can see sd.kfz. 250 B

sd.kfz 251 ausf D cabin and front nose

badly visible emblem of Wiking SS division on a right side of front part of cabin 251 ausf D

sd.kfz 251 front fender with mount for Bosch tank lamp

SS-division tactical sign of Wiking 5th SS div, on a side of sd.kfz 251D

SS-division tactical sign of Wiking 5th SS div, on a side of sd.kfz 251D emblem is crossed on a photo

SS-division tactical sign of Wiking 5th SS div, on a side of sd.kfz 251D emblem is crossed on a photo

 

sd.kfz 251 ausf D late surrended in 1945 have standart track with big pad, not a late war ones

radio frame sd.kfz 251D not a fusprech frame, standard fram for 10 Wsc or UKW E e, tank radios

rear armor of sdkfz 250 with Balkenkreuz in a middle of a first 250B, on a second one door is missing

two sd.kfz. 250 ausf B to be transported, vehicles are so small that 2 of them tightly fit in a trailer

Second sd.kfz. 250B with damaged front plate on nose and front armor of driver and radio operator

back door is missing, can see only rest of balkenkreuz, on rear armor plate

Very nice view on door radio frame(rests) through a back door of sd.kfz. 250 interior

Very nice view on door radio frame(rests) through a back door of sd.kfz. 250 interior

well known wartime photo 1944, with radios in a frame inside of Sdkfz.250

well known wartime photo 1944, with radios in a frame inside of Sdkfz.250

clearly visible side bracket for optics on left wall of vehicle sd.kfz. 250 interior

clearly visible side bracket for optics on left wall of vehicle sd.kfz. 250 interior

another view of sd.kfz 250 ausf B Wiking

another view of sd.kfz 250 ausf B Wiking

inner left side interior of sd.kfz. 250/5 leichter beobachtungspanzerwagen according to brackets for flags, optics and main optic tripod on upper left wall

inner left side interior of sd.kfz. 250/5 leichter beobachtungspanzerwagen according to brackets for flags, optics and main optic tripod on upper left wall

inner right side interior of sd.kfz. 250/5 leichter beobachtungspanzerwagen according to brackets for grenades, box for scisor binoculars(rabbit ears) brackert "Scherenfernrohr"

inner right side interior of sd.kfz. 250/5 leichter beobachtungspanzerwagen according to brackets for grenades, box for scisor binoculars(rabbit ears) brackert “Scherenfernrohr”

front piece of sd.kfz 250B demag D7p

front piece of sd.kfz 250B demag D7p

just after demag d7 p was found, still undter scrap. rests of tactical sign of SS division Wiking is still visible between storage bins, shield with emblem in it

just after demag d7 p was found, still undter scrap. rests of tactical sign of SS division Wiking is still visible between storage bins, shield with emblem in it

close up of tactical sign, SS divison wiking, under it symbol of recon abteilung with rests of sqare form and triangle flag above, undr it shortage SS.Pz.A.A.5

close up of tactical sign, SS divison wiking, under it symbol of recon abteilung with rests of sqare form and triangle flag above, undr it shortage SS.Pz.A.A.5

sd.kfz 250/ ausf B, sd.kfz 251D, sdkfz 250/1 ausf.B all 3 at once before restoration

early postwar photo of sd.kfz 250/5 before restoration

early postwar photo of sd.kfz 250/5 loading to long restoration

early postwar photo of sd.kfz 250/5 loading to long restoration

Division Wiking surrendet to US Troops near eastern Austria, near Graz at Fürstenfeld

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5th_SS_Panzer_Division_Wiking

This is rare case when fate of real items which are part of world cultural heritage, with horrible history, but real history is not lost.

 

Each vehicle was preserved and restored, their story will come in next posts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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