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