Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope! Today's update is a very special one for us here on the FH2 team for several reasons, and we hope you enjoy it. Today we have a vehicle that has long been missing since the days of Forgotten Hope 1. Today we have the Sd.Kfz 7 half-track!
The Sd.Kfz. 7 was a large half-track that saw use with many branches of the German military, included the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, and the Waffen-SS. Its primary purpose was as a troop transport and artillery tractor, but because of its versatility and power, the Sd.Kfz. 7 also saw use as a recovery vehicle and an anti-aircraft platform. The vehicle had enough room for up to 12 men, along with their equipment and ammunition and with the help of a winch, could tow up to 17,600 lb (8,000 kg). Despite the mechanical problems associated with half-track based artillery tractors, the Sd.Kfz 7 had superior off-road capabilities for moving various gun platforms like the 8.8cm Flak gun yet even with large production numbers, the artillery and mechanized units of the panzer elements that received them, still used horses to move their heavy artillery.
The beginning of this month marked a year since developer Jim 'Rad' Rogers passed away. Yet, his high-quality models serve as examples of how much he loved what he did. It is not only this, but also his relaxed and humorous attitude are what he'll be remembered for, and he will be dearly missed. The Sd.Kfz. 7 model, and the wheels and tracks were done by Rad. The final skin and finishing touches were done by Agus.
You can read the original announcement about his passing here.