You could call this a fan-site. But only of the vehicle and the people that build it, not the nazi regime. Let that be clear.
I don't believe in owning information, only in sharing it. From the day I suffered an almost fatal injury in 1997 I've put together all info I have and have found on it. I can assure you, that is a lot of work. I can only estimate, but it's in the 3 to 4 000 hours by now. I think it's worth it. While going through these pictures, puzzling things together, you find all kind of structures. Building models is the ultimate goal. Building something from a few pictures only is dangerous. I have to assume several things. They have to be as logical as possible. Comparing everything is the only way. The outcome of all that I gladly share with the rest of the world.
There's only one catch. On some pictures and drawings I don't have the source. I'm a modeler by origin. I started out in 1975 photocopying everything I could get my hands on. Information was hard to get, and 2nd hand at best. With the Internet that changed. But in the early days websites vanished as easy as they where found. Good information often not to be found again. I often saved copies of things I knew I was going to need one day. But where did it come from?
This is not an attempt to simple copy other people's work or violate rights, I gladly quote and link to the owners of the material, or will remove material if the owner insists.
I always asked myself why. Why has this ugly, coffin shaped box grabbed me. The immense conflict of the 2nd world war, with its high price in human dead and sacrifice is in itself so ugly, that with it all wars should be put in a museum. Why then are we spending time and effort on a war machine?
War is part of our daily life and has always been part of our history. The technique and machines that we use today are almost always direct decedents of products developed for military purposes in history.
Is that an exaggeration?
The first ancestor of all present day road transportation, the 18th century Cugnot tractor, was developed as an alternative for the horses to move artillery. The list of examples is endless. On all products and all techniques military needs have made their impression. I feel that facing that instead of hiding for it helps "keeping the peace" and remembers the sacrifices that were made.
The German army is a controversial subject. It started as a healthy and proud institution. Just as in all nations, a way to keep the neighbors out of your backyard, and defend your homeland. It ended up as somewhat of a thing to be ashamed for.
It took one madman only a decade to transform a cheerful helpfully friendly people, into a looting mob led by gangsters and hangmen.
As a technician I am fascinated by the superb engineering achievements of the "Hun armorers" But I always keep in mind what happened with their products and machines. The SdKfz 251 is an archetype. Like the Jeep, Dakota, German (wartime) helmet and others, it stirs the imagination and is instantly recognized. It is an icon.