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"SdKfz 2 Kleines Kettenkraftrad".

Operating a Kettenkrad.

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Sabotage?

I have read that it is not uncommon to find evidence of sabotage in German WW2 vehicles due to the considerable slave and impressed labour used during the war.
However, 60 years after the war, I was surprised to read of a restoration of a German SdKfz 251 armoured half track (as they are called) where the restorer managed to locate a gearbox still in its crate. It was cleaned and installed only to promptly fail. Upon pulling it down they discovered clear evidence of sabotage.
What really surprised me is that it appears to have happened to me. If you right click on the picture below and look at the dark diagonal groove located between the labels "A" and "B" you can see for yourself. What you are looking at is the seal face of the final drive output flange. This should be bright and smooth. If you look a bit closer you can see the circumferential ring worn by the seal in the smooth surface, that is normal.
But the diagonal groove has been deliberately left there by the person who machined the seal face, this can be determined by the fact that had the groove occured later, there would be ragged or up turned edges - there are none. What ever made the groove tore rather than cut. The fact that it is a straight line suggests it occured in a lathe, quite probably done by the same person who meachined the seal face.
I have not been able to find out if NSU used slave or impressed labour during the war, so can not conclusively state this is sabotage. If it is not sabotage it is very un-German workmanship - or lack of.


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Sabotage or not? Decide for yourself.


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