This tracked tractor was developed to serve in the
snow and mud conditions of the Eastern Front.
Developed by Steyr during 1942, it used the
transmission of the standard 1½ ton Truck. The
suspension was entirely tracked, although crude, and
this caused excessive vibration in service. The
suspension wheels were all steel, without rubber tires,
and springing was by leaf springs. Ground clearance
was 21½ inches which enabled the vehicle to perform
well in extreme conditions. RSO tractors were
to replace all light half-tracked tractors. The RSO was
mainly used to tow 50mm, 75mm Pak guns, and
light howitzers. It served a variety of other roles and served on both fronts. Over 28,000 vehicles were produced
between 1942 to 1945.This particular vehicle is outfitted with a 2cm Flak 38 anti-aircraft gun. The Flak 38 became the standard AA gun for the German army in 1939. The Flak 38 was the single barreled version. This gun had 360 degree rotation operation and could elevate to 90 degrees. The Flak 38 was very effective against aircraft, soft skinned vehicles and personnel.
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