Borgward Wanze

30 Aug
Borgward Wanze

As I said in yesterday’s post… Virtually all the vehicles for the Battle of Berlin game were done ages ago. But one I defiantly wanted was a Borgward Wanze. The Wanze was a typical late war stop gap solution of the Third Reich. The vehicle itself is based on the Borgward B IV Ladungsträger (SdKfz. 301).




Germany had some stocks of these vehicles left. It was the heaviest of the Ladungsträger in use, but it had some drawbacks. The biggest was that the driver had to drive it close to the target and get of. From that point on it was radio controlled to the target. Due to its larger size, it provided a better target than lets say the Goliath. In 1942/43 it’s armour no longer was sufficient to protect it. The vehicle had already proven to be useless in its intended role as an ammo carrier and mine clearer, so they were pulled out of service.



When the Allies got ever closer to Germany, a tank was needed that was small and agile (to operate in the ruins of German cities), yet pack a lot of punch vs. enemy tanks. So the drivers compartment and gunners position got some extra armour and it was fitted with 6 Panzerschreck 88mm AT rocket launchers that were linked to fire a single volley. It would then have to withdraw quickly to reload. Hardly any reports exist on its effectiveness, but I felt it was a must have vehicle.

Borgward Wanze (front)

Borgward Wanze (front)

Borgward Wanze (left)

Borgward Wanze (left)

The model itself is from Warlord Games. It is actually a very nice kit (only the bolts on the rear deck seem somewhat sloppy) with virtually perfect casting and nice detail. The only real problem I had with the kit is the arrangement of the drivers and gunners position. On the model the gunner is to the right and the driver left. On all photos I found online, the arrangement was the other way round, but I can live with that.

Borgward Wanze (rear)

Borgward Wanze (rear)

Borgward Wanze (right)

Borgward Wanze (right)

For the paintjob I wanted a look that represented the history of the vehicle. So the body was done in a Sandgelb with green camo like one would find in 1942/43 in Russia. The new plates were done in a anti-rust paint colour. I also added some welders markings to the plates. I guess any welder worth his money would rather cut on the markings than besides them (= they would disappear while cutting), but I wanted them anyway. Weathering wise I just went with some panel highlighting with my airbrush and heavy use of filters. After some tests with filters on my Sci-Fi vehicles this winter, I felt comfortable enough to use them in my historical models so this was the first go.

Borgward Wanze (top view)

Borgward Wanze (top view)


Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Wehrmacht, WWII, WWII: Germans


17 responses to “Borgward Wanze

  1. dean

    August 30, 2015 at 07:27

    Very cool vehicle, Burkhard. One I’d never seen before. Interesting look with the anti – rust painted armor plates.

    • Burkhard

      August 30, 2015 at 10:58

      Thank you, Dean!

      Not surprised, you have not seen it before… only 56 were build and they were used in a lot of towns (apart of Berlin, there are also reports from East Prussia & Aachen and a couple of years one was unearthed a couple of kilometres from where I live).
      Not even sure how I came across it a couple of years ago, but I was happy when Warlord released theirs!

  2. aslfan

    August 30, 2015 at 08:30

    I never knew of this vehicle so great to learn something new and very well painted too


    • Burkhard

      August 30, 2015 at 12:19

      Thank you Ian! Glad the paintjob came out like this!

  3. von Peter himself

    August 30, 2015 at 09:10

    Certainly an unusual vehicle Burkhard. The drivers must’ve been very brave or very fatalistic!

    A fine job on the model and it has that very rushed or ersatz look to it as if it has just rolled off the production line into action.

    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      August 30, 2015 at 12:21

      Well I guess in those days the crews were either fanatics or fatalistic. But I honestly would not want to imagine driving it towards a monster like a Joseph Stalin tank!

      And I am glad the Ersatz look carries over!

    • stevethewargamer

      August 31, 2015 at 08:36

      Have to agree with von Peter – fatalistic or fanatic, still astonishingly brave!

      • Burkhard

        August 31, 2015 at 10:24

        To be honest, given the choice, I would rather not ride in it either.

  4. Francis Lee

    August 30, 2015 at 10:17

    Cracking job and history Burkhard.

  5. Stefan

    August 31, 2015 at 12:13

    Ein außergewöhnliches Modell neben den sonstigen Panzerkampfwagen.
    Gute Arbeit!

    • Burkhard

      September 5, 2015 at 15:33

      Danke Stefan!

      Es sollte auch eine interessante Mischung an Fahrzeugen auf dem Spielfeld bei der Crisis werden.

  6. Nysse

    August 31, 2015 at 12:42

    Nice work Burkhard! Definitely an interesting subject. There’s really a lot of interesting concepts and ad hoc vehicles in these late war stop gap measures that Germany took. Certainly something to spice up the battlefield.

    • Burkhard

      September 5, 2015 at 15:35

      Thanks Samuli!

      There are a lot of interesting designs. Especially when you take a look at what was cobbled together during the final weeks of the war. It is a shame, that most rulesets do not cover them… although I guess doing every one off would be beyond the scope of any ruleset.

  7. Jason

    September 5, 2015 at 20:12

    Interesting stuff! The vehicle turned out great too.

    • Burkhard

      September 12, 2015 at 07:05

      Thank you, Jason!

      And it is great to see you back!!!

  8. Monty

    September 18, 2015 at 21:46

    Fantastic! Here I’ve read about WW II for all these years and never come across this.


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