|Primary Role||Tank Destroyer|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe Jagdpanzer 38(t) tank destroyers of the German Army had the designation number of SdKfz. 138/2). They were built based upon a modified pre-WW2 Czechoslovakian tank chassis. They were later unofficially nicknamed "Hetzer", which was the name of a related prototype, applied to this model by mistake, but it became common for German troops to refer to these tank destroyers as Hetzer.
ww2dbaseJagdpanzer 38(t) tank destroyers were well-armored and carried guns with ample power, but the most valuable attribute was the relative inexpensive price tag. They succeeded the Marder III design from Apr 1944. They were generally well-liked by their crews largely due to their mechanical reliability, but since they guns were loaded from the right side, and they were mounted on the right side of the vehicle, loading became difficult, leading to a slower rate of fire.
ww2dbaseProduction lasted until the end of the war. A total of about 2,584 examples were built. After the war, Czechoslovakia continued to build the type and exported 158 vehicles to Switzerland, increasing total production number since 1944 by about 250.
Last Major Revision: Oct 2009
|Machinery||One 7.8-liter gasoline engine rated at 160hp|
|Armament||1x7.5cm PaK 39 L/48 gun (41 rounds), 1x7.92mm MG34 machine gun|
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