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.
In Battlefield 1942, the Hanomag is issued to the Wehrmacht, Afrika Korps and the Imperial Japanese Navy as their half-track. 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 1942: The Road to RomeEdit
In Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome, the Hanomag is issued to the Royal Italian Army as their half-track.
Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWIIEdit
In Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII, the Hanomag issued to the Waffen-SS as their half-track.