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German Hanomag in Berlin.

The Sd.Kfz.251 "Hanomag" (German: Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251; English: Special purpose vehicle 251) was a German half-track armored personnel carrier designed by Hanomag in 1939. It was the most widely used half-track by the German army in World War II, and inspired many other designs such as the American M3 Half-track and the Japanese Type 1 Ho-Ha. The Hanomag was armored enough to defeat most regular small arms fire, and was usually armed with a heavy machine gun such as an MG34 or MG42.

Battlefield 1942[]

In Battlefield 1942, the Hanomag is issued to the Wehrmacht, Afrika Korps, German Elite Forces and Royal Italian Army as their half-track (The Imperial Japanese Navy was issued the Hanomag prior to patch 1.5 until being replaced with the Ho-Ha). It has space for six players: one driver, one gunner who mans an MG42, and four passengers. All players within the vehicle have access to a medical cabinet and an Ammunition Box, as well as players directly outside of it. As such, the gunner will never run out of ammo. The Hanomag is more of a mobile troop support vehicle, as it can do relatively nothing to defend itself from tanks. It has similar characteristics to its allied counterpart, the M3A1, though it is much more stable and is less likely to topple over due to a sharp turn or a sudden explosive force.


Battlefield V[]

"The Sd.Kfz 251 was the most widely produced half-track during the war. The Germans designed it to carry and support soldiers in battle, and it was armored against machine gun fire. It proved highly adaptable and could be configured for many roles."

— In-game description

The Sd. Kfz 251 Halftrack is featured in Battlefield V, first appearing briefly during the Battlefield 5 Official Reveal Trailer.


The Sd. Kfz 251 Halftrack appears in most singleplayer war stories, usually as a static map object or when dropping off enemy German reinforcements, although friendly controlled halftracks appear at times during The Last Tiger.

A rocket launching artillery variant, the Wurfrahmen 40, also appears in singleplayer, notably during the final sections of Under No Flag and Tirailleur.

Combined Arms[]

An Sd. Kfz 251 appears in the Combined Arms missions Market Sweep and Bridgehead Blockade. The Wurfrahmen 40 variant appears in Hit List and Desert Declarations.


In multiplayer, the Sd. Kfz 251 is the German counterpart to the United Kingdom and United States' M3. It is capable of carrying four players, including a driver and front, back and top gunners - the latter of which operate two fixed traverse MG 34s from exposed positions atop the hull. Unlike the M3, the front gunner position has a small gunshield for protection from infantry weapons. The half-track may spawn next to a PAK 40 or Flak 38 emplacement which it can tow. The vehicle is impervious to small arms and has approximately the same health and armor as the Panzer 38(t).

A variant armed with a PAK 40, the Sd. Kfz 251 Pakwagen, can be used by Germany as a Squad Reinforcement.


The Sd. Kfz 251 appears in Firestorm as either randomly spawned on the map Halvøy or able to be airdropped in using a looted Flare Gun - Vehicle. It is largely unchanged from its multiplayer rendition, with the Firestorm-specific limitations of fuel, inability to be repaired, and finite ammunition for the on board machine guns at 150 rounds each.


Battlefield 2042[]

"The German Special Purpose Vehicle similar to the Allied M3, carried six troops and like the M3, is quite vulnerable to tank fire. Passengers are healed and resupplied over time."

— In-game description

The Sd. Kfz 251 Halftrack is an Armored Transport vehicle featured in Battlefield 2042. Available exclusive in the Battlefield 1942 part of Battlefield Portal, it functions in a similar manner to past installnents.

Unfortunately, transport vehicles are currently the only means of resupply in the 1942 Portal, apart from picking up dropped ammunition from fallen soldiers.

The Sd. Kfz 251 is the armored transport vehicle for German Forces in the 1942 Portal. Compared to Allied M3 Halftrack, Sd. Kfz 251 is smaller in size and provides more protection for its driver and gunner. In the contrast, Sd. Kfz 251 has a limited field of fire (approximately front 120°) for its MG, and passengers may somehow more easily be attacked as the compartment is lower.

Different from M3, the armor plates near the driver's seat (observation hole) of Sd. Kfz 251 only unfold when manned, and there are "invisible walls" blocking bullets on the left and right observation holes. The driver may still be hit by frontal fire, and as his model passes through the seat, enemies standing on top can also shoot at him.

Like many other ground transport vehicles in 2042, Both Sd. Kfz 251 and M3 have Boost and Radio functions.


  • Due to an oversight, the Wurfrahmen 40 version of the halftrack can be driven in the second act of Tirailleur. The vehicle has a driver and two gunner seats, with the driver controlling the rocket launches - however when used by the player the rockets cannot be aimed and shoot straight forward.[1]