The Sd Kfz 234/3 was one of a family of reconnaissance vehicles produced by Germany towards the end of World War II.
The Sd Kfz 234 family was made up of four vehicles, each with different armament. The Sd Kfz 234/1 had the 20mm KwK 38, the Sd Kfz 234/2 a 50mm Kwk 39 gun in an enclosed turret, the Sd Kfz 234/3 the short barreled 75mm KwK 51 and the Sd Kfz 234/4 a long barreled 75mm PaK 40 anti-tank gun.
They were built late in the war and had better armour and mobility than previous armoured cars, however, only 478 were built in total. Almost unique for WW2 German combat vehicles, they were powered by a diesel engine.
The Tank Museum’s Sd Kfz 234/3
The Tank Museum’s Sd Kfz 234/3 variant was equipped with a powerful 75mm howitzer. It was used to give fire support to more lightly armed members of the Sd Kfz 234 family. It was captured by the British at the end of the war in full working order and later used in mobility tests against more modern vehicles.