BG Part15: RSO Kaetchen & SdKfz 11(A)

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97a RSO:
Raupenschlepper Ost "Caterpillar Tractor East" was a fully tracked, lightweight vehicle. It was conceived in response to the poor performance of wheeled and half-tracked vehicles in the mud and snow during the Wehrmacht's first autumn and winter on the East Front.
Amoung the variants of this vehicle built were the basic cargo carrier, and a self-propelled antitank vehicle armed with a PaK 40 gun (German Vehicle Note 44b), and one mounting the FlaK 38 gun (German Vehicle Note 93a). All shared the same chassis. Some 23,000 of these were built during the course of the war.
See also German Vehicle Note N, BG.
 

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98b Kaetchen:
The Gepanzerter Mannschaftstransportwagen Kätzchen (Gep. MTW Kätzchen) ("kitten") was a armoured personnel carrier. Auto-Union delivered two prototypes during 1944-45. The hull's shape was similar to the hull of the Panzerkampfwagen Tiger II, but much smaller. The vehicle had front wheel drive with five or six overlapping steel road wheels.
Auto-Union was ordered to stop work on their design and instead, BMW was given the task of adapting the Hetzer tank destroyer chassis for the role. This was referred to as the Vollkettenaufklärer 38(t) Kätzchen.
See also German Vehicle Note BG.
 

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8381838299a SdKfz 11(A):
This is a varient of the standard SdKfz 11 (German Vehicle Note 99. It represents vehicles that were produced to transport ammunition The "artillery" body had an ammunition compartment separating the driver's compartment from the crew compartment. The ammunition compartment had doors that opened on each side of the vehicle and could be configured for different sizes of ammunition. The crew entered from the rear of the vehicle.
† The vehicle is treated as unarmoured through the front hull VCA as indicated by "HullVCA AF=★" on the counter.
† Despite being armoured, the passengers may never be buttoned up and need not share the same status as the crew.
See also German Vehicle Note N, BG.
 

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97a: Should that be "...Eastern Front" vs East Front. Para 2 strike "built" this is already understood by the use of the word "variant" earlier in the sentence.

99a You are missing ")" after 99. Replaces "sizes" with "calibers".
 

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98b Kätschen:
The Vollkettenaufklärer 38(t) Kätschen ("kitten") was an armoured personnel carrier. BMW was given the task of adapting the Hetzer tank destroyer chassis for the role. Two prototypes were produced and sent to the Western Front for testing in 1945, where they were captured by American forces.
See also German Vehicle Note BG.
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Edited as per Justiciar below.

Edited entry name - the file name is incorrect, but I learned that later.
 
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"an armoured" need the an before the a of armored. Western Front. It is a recognized proper name like Eastern Front (the latter I have seen you and Vinnie use in that form).
 

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I have a KStN for the 65th Infantry Division in Italy, and just to emphasize the Raupenschlepper Ost was not just used in Russia. The 65th had a large number on its establishment, I presume for use as gun tractors.
 
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