German Half-tracks of World War II Identification Guide Part 21: 2cm Flakvierling 38 auf Fahrgestell Zugkraftwagen 8t and 3.7cm Flakvierling 36 auf Fahrgestell Zugkraftwagen 8t aka Sd Kfz 7/1 and 7/2
The need for a vehicle mounting the FlaK 38 was realized soon after its creation, and thus the Sd Kfz 7/1 was to begin production in 1940. The vehicle used the Zgkw 8t as its basis, and yet again offered a rear bed to mount the wrapon, with folding sides to allow greater range of movement for the gun without obstructing any lines of fire. Like its cousins of the Sd Kfz 10/4 and 6/2 lines it would also eventually receive an armored cabin for the driver and passenger. The vehicle is of a taller construction than the 10/4 or 6/2and its cabin is angled unlike the latter's. The cabin uses four vision ports in total, with two on the front, and one per side. Of course the weapon mounted for the 7/1 is the four barreled 2cm FlaK 38 which is easily seperated in identification from the single barreled version. The 7/2 only differs in its armament, with this being a 3.7cm FlaK 36. The FlaK 36 version could also utilize the hollow charge Steilgranate 41. The folding sides of early versions of a wire mesh material, but later mosels would switch to a wooden construction. Like most German Half-tracks it uses a system of overlapping road wheels, which cause a more even distribution of weight, for its suspension. Finally the later versions appear to have added an extra armor plate on the front of the vehicle.