Artilleritraktor m/43

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The Artilleritraktor m/43, or Volvo HBT (HalvBandTraktor) as it is also known, was used by the artillery as a tractor to pull Haubits m/39 or m/40.

In 1942 Volvo was tasked with designing a slightly larger and heavier version of the Arttrak m/40 (a.k.a Sd. Kfz 10, made by Demag). As the name implies it was delivered in 1944-1943. Despite its close resemblance to its german cousin, the only parts they had in common were the track links.

108 Arttrak m/43 was made and they were used until 1955-1956. The remaining HBT´s were sold of to scrap dealers, some elded up in Bolivia and some were rebuilt as tow tractors for the air force by cutting the vehicle aft of the drivers cabin and replacing the tracks with a large wheel instead.

This example was photographed at the swedish military vehicles museum Arsenalen. The sign “A6” implies that this vehicle once belonged to the artillery regiment at Jönköping. I don´t know if this is the correct markings for this vehicle, but it was a part of the A6 museum before that museum was closed.

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2 Responses to Artilleritraktor m/43

  1. Mats Nielsen says:

    Hej sverige köpte ju in demag ,innan volvo gjorde dom om jag inte har fel , skall bygga om en till svensk där jag tar bort kanonen på flaket men vet inte hur den skall se ut , finns det några sidor där man kan se den ??

    • Erik Gustavsson says:

      Ja, det stämmer. Demag Sdkfz 10 köptes in i 24 exemplar och fick benämningen Artilleritraktor m/40. De användes i Boden för att dra 10,5cm haubits och tjänstgjorde in på 60-talet. Tyvärr har jag inget material på Demagen, och det finns väl inte direkt ett överskott av bilder på Arttraktor m/40 på nätet heller.
      Testa att fråga på IPMS Stockholms forum. Där huserar några som är experter på svenskt beredskapspansar mm, de kanske kan peka dig i rätt riktning.

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