Broken Ground Part 9: PSW ADGZ PSW221 sPzB & PSW 223

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PSW ADGZ:
The Steyr ADGZ was originally developed as a heavy armored car for the Austrian Army from 1934 and delivered from 1935-37.
The Austrian army was using the ADGZ armored car at the time of Anschluss. 12 were used by the army and 15 were used by the police. The Germans used them for police work and some were taken on by the Waffen-SS and used on the Eastern Front and in the Balkans. The SS ordered an additional 25 ADGZ which were delivered in 1942.
There was no "rear" either end was capable of driving the unit.
As part of the initial operations of the Invasion of Poland, the SS Heimwehr Danzig used three ADGZ armored cars during the attack on the Polish Post Office in Danzig, and lost one during the battle. Some ADGZ were also supplied to the Army of the Independent State of Croatia.
After the invasion of the USSR a few ADGZ armored cars were rearmed with turrets from the Soviet T-26 model 1933 light tank.
See also German Vehicle Note BG.
 

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PSW221 sPzB:
Some armored cars mounted the Mauser sPzB P.41 or Schwere Panzerbüsche 2.8cm (German Ordnance Note 5). Nearly 2800 were manufactured from 1939 to 1943 and it was mounted on many vehicles, like the Sd.Kfz.221. The gun, however, which had an effective caliber of 20 mm and only fired costly tungsten rounds, was efficient at short ranges. The gun also had a life expectancy of only 500 shots. An unknown number of vehicles were converted in 1942 under the German designation Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.221 mit 2.8cm Panzerbüchse 41. The crew was reduced to only two, a driver and gun operator, and the weight rose to 4.5 tons.
See also German Vehicle Note BG.
 

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PSW 223 :
See German Vehicle Note 70.
See also German Vehicle Note BG.



Some vehicles don't that much by way of notes!
 
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