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"SdKfz 2 Kleines Kettenkraftrad".

Operating a Kettenkrad.

   (Ver 2)

 



Cold Weather.

The Kettenkrad designers were well aware of the extreme conditions the vehicle would face in service. Surprisingly, there was very little difference between the European version and the Desert version.
As such, there was no real "version" for cold weather use, more a case of additional parts and equipment.
This consisted of:

1) There was a seperate starting fluid (Anlasskraftstoff) reservoir, piping and a tap to supply a controlled amount of starter fluid that was plumbed into the petrol supply.

2) A large petrol lamp (blow torch) was provided along with some ducting, the lamp was lit and placed so that the heat was directed into the ducting and around the engine.

3) 2 x Wick lamps (like a hurricane lamp but with a perforated metal cover instead of glass), these were lit and placed in mounts alongside the battery. Their sole function was to keep the battery warm enough that it would still produce electricity. They also made excellent hand warmers....

For more detailed information about the petrol and wick lamps refer to the page in this article titled "Owning/Operating/Accessorising".

4) A cover that went over the top of the vehicle and served to retain the heat.

5) Ice cleats (in place of track pads).




 
I am yet to be convinced that what is pictured here is genuine.
It is effectively nothing more than a piece of bar welded to the carrier
plate of a track pad.


6) Ice chains.




 
Ice chains with tool attached.





Ice chains with tool dettached.


7) Snow track (which appears to have been a very uncommon accessory).





 
Snow track.




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