Marder I file photo [14217]

SdKfz 135 Marder I

CountryGermany
Primary RoleTank Destroyer

Contributor:

ww2dbaseIn 1940, as German troops tallied up the spoils after the conquest of France, more than 300 French Tracteur Blindé 37L "Lorraine" armored artillery tractors were recorded to be captured. In 1942, Germany began marrying the 7.5-centimeter PaK 40 anti-tank guns with these tractors to bolster the anti-tank capabilities of the German Army. The resulting tank destroyers were designated SdKfz. 135 Marder I. The production period was short, lasting only between Jul and Aug 1942, during which 170 Marder I vehicles were built on the captured French "Lorraine" tractors; a small number of Marder I vehicles were also built using other captured Polish and French armored vehicles. They were sent to the front lines against the Soviet Union immediately, and were in use until Dec 1944.

ww2dbaseIn parallel, the Germans also developed Marder II tank destroyers using Panzer II tanks and Marder III tank destroyers using Panzer 38(t) tanks.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

SPECIFICATIONS

SdKfz 135
MachineryOne Delahaye 103TT engine rated at 69hp
Armament1x7.5cm PaK 40 gun
Crew4
Length5.38 m
Width1.88 m
Height2.00 m
Weight8.2 t
Speed18 km/h off-road; 38 km/h on-road
Range150 km

Photographs

German soldiers camouflaging a Marder I tank destroyer, southern France, 1942German troops loading the PaK 40 gun of a Marder I tank destroyer, southern France, 1942Marder I tank destroyer on the move in southern France, 1942Marder I tank destroyer in a Belgian or French town, 1943-1944, photo 1 of 2
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