Nuts & Bolts Vol.43 Sd. Kfz. 9 and variants

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The Sd.Kfz. 9 (also known as “Famo” ) was a German half-track that saw widespread use in World War II, and the heaviest half-track vehicle of any type built in quantity in Germany during the war years. Its main roles were as a prime mover for very heavy towed guns such as the 24 cm Kanone 3 and as a tank recovery vehicle. Approximately 2,500 were produced between 1938 and 1945.

From the publisher’s website:

Author: Dr. Nicolaus Hettler

232 pages A4, glue-bound, approx. 400 photos, of these 230 contemporary photos from manuals, combat and war fronts in b/w, a number of them previously unpublished; 135 colour photos of the surviving vehicles in public and private collections, 30 colour photos of 5 models from Tony Greenland, Vinnie Branigan and another three modellers English / German captions, 64 pages English / German text, 37 charts, 29 pages scale drawings of all versions and details in 1/35 scale from Lieven DeConinck, 16 camouflage schemes from Laurent Lecocq, and 4 tables of organization of units (Kriegstärke-Nachweisungen KStN) having these vehicles in their arsenal, first published November 20th, 2019

  • by Dr. Nicolaus Hettler
  • published on November 20th, 2019
  • soft cover
  • German & English texts
  • 232 pages
  • 390 photos (240 contemporary photos, 125 colour photos of the surviving vehicles in public and private collections, 30 colour photos of five models )
  • 16 camouflage schemes, tactical markings,
  • 4 tables of organsisation (KStN) 2D drawings of all known variants incl. Sd.Ah.116, some of them in 3D
  • Available from Nuts & Bolts for €29.90 (approx US$33.00)

The texts are in English and German with the English texts on the left of the page and the German on the right. All images and photographs have captions in both languages. The English translation is excellent. Now, let’s take a look at the book to see what we get.

The various sections of the book are:

  • Introduction page 3
  • Development of half-tracked vehicles page 3
  • Main tasks & general description page 6
  • Development page 7
  • Technical Description page 10
  • Variants page 18
  • Production Plans & Manufacturing page 30
  • Series Production page 34
  • COlouring & Tactical Signs page 41
  • Operation & Experience Reports page 43
  • Modeling page 59
  • Acknowledgments page 62
  • Contemporary Photos page 64
  • Drawings page 1481
  • Colour Profiles page 177
  • Preserved Vehicles & Components page 185
  • Modeling page 224

The book starts with a thorough introduction to the development of half-tracks in Germany and continues with the development of the Sd. Kfz. 9. It covers all the technical details of the vehicle including the engine and other parts. The different versions of the vehicle are covered as well as modifications to the vehicle as items were improved are modified on the production lines. There is a good description of what the vehicle was designed to be used for and what roles it ended up carrying out.

The main part of the book is taken up with the 240 contemporary photographs. The description under each image explains what is going on in the photograph and what particular things are of interest. There is all manner of diorama ideas here.

Next, there are 1/35 scale drawings of all the main versions of the vehicle with different views of each type. This is followed by 125 colour photos of the surviving vehicles in public and private collections.

There is a couple of areas in the book that cover modeling the Sd. Kfz. 9 with reviews of a few kits, a big list of what is currently available and several photographs of quality builds.

Conclusion
This is a definitive text on the Sd.Kfz.9. It covers all the variants and gives you all the detail and technical information you might ever need. If you’re building any version of the Sd.Kfz. 9 then this is the only reference you will need.

Many thanks to Nuts & Bolts for the review sample.

This book is available from the publisher for €29.90,

Paul Tosney – Editor
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