It's no secret that Germany lacks light armored vehicles. With the addition of Italy, Gaijin introduced several armored cars to that tech tree, proving that they have no issue with the vehicle class itself. So, why not add some more wheeled vehicles? I'll start here with Germany. The post will be broken up into 2 main sections (Liechter Panzerspahwagen and Schwerer Panzerspahwagen) for ease of reading.
The Sd.Kfz 222 was a follow up to the 221 we already have in game. Planned in 1937, it is essentially a more heavily armored Sd.Kfz 221 with a turret containing a KwK 30 L/55 cannon as mounted in the Pz. II, and a coaxial MG34. The crew layout is essentially the same, with a driver, gunner, and an additional commander. The front armor was 8mm RHA, with 5mm sides, top, and rear. Weighing in at 4000 kg, it was heavier than its predecessor. The
Horch 3.8 V8 petrol engine was capable of propelling it to speeds of 80 km/h on road and 40 km/h cross country. This vehicle could probably be foldered in with the 221, and sit around 1.7-2.0 BR.
The initial version of the Puma series, this vehicle was armed with the same turret and gun configuration of the Sd.Kfz 222. It had the same armor layout and engine capabilities as the regular pumas. For BR, this one could probably sit at 1.7-2.0 as well, in a separate heavy armored car line.
Sd. Kfz 231 6-rad
The Sd.Kfz 231 family was a family of 6 or 8 wheeled armored cars built on Daimler truck chassis. The 6 wheeled 6-rad variants were a precursor to the later 8-rad variants and were phased out of production in 1937 due to poor cross-country performance. Protection was 15mm frontally and 8mm on the sides, top, and rear. Following the pattern, the 6-rad was armed with a KwK 30 in a turret affixed to the top of the vehicle. The crew consisted of 2 drivers, a gunner, and a commander. The vehicle was capable of hitting 84 km/h on road. BR-wise, this could be a vehicle to start off the heavy armored car line at 1.3 or reserve.
Sd.Kfz 232/231 8-rad
The 8-rads were an upgrade to the previous 6-rads with an additional 2 wheels, bringing it to an 8×8 chassis. The 232 was Germany's main heavy armored car after its introduction in 1938, with several variants being produced. The main 232 variant (the 231 was a 232 sans radio equipment) was armed with the same turret configuration as the 6-rad, with the main difference of having a MG34 instead of a MG13. Crew layout was the same as the 6-rads. Armor protection was also the same as the 6-rads. The 232 could follow the 6-rad in the line at 1.3-1.7. Note that some variants had an additional stand-off plates mounted in front of the vehicle.
Sd.Kfz 233 8-rad
The Sd.Kfz was a variant of the 232 that had the turret and roof of the tank removed and replaced with a 7.5cm KwK 37 L/24 cannon as mounted in the pre-F2 Pz. IV series. With the same crew configuration, armor, and engine system, the gun and turret (or lack thereof) was the only major difference with the 232. This vehicle is somewhat comparable to the Sd.Kfz 234/3 'stummel' already in game. The 233 could sit at BR 1.7-2.3.
Technically not German but used by German police, the Steyr ADGZ was an Austrian-designed armored car. With an interesting wheelbase (per side, 3 rear wheels and 1 front) and and acceptable on-road top speed (70 km/h) the only reason this vehicle was likely not used by the Wehrmacht was the low production numbers (52 total.) Armor protection was 11mm all around protecting 6 crew members. The armament was (surprise, surprise) a KwK 30 autocannon. Interestingly, instances of this vehicle captured by the USSR were retrofitted with T-26 md. 1933 turrets carrying the 45mm 19-K cannon. Potential premium material right there. This one could sit in a folder with the 231 6-rads at 1.7.
Note that the BRs are flexible here. If you don't agree, have a correction to my info, or simply want to discuss the prospect of armored cars in WT, feel free to leave a comment below!
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