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7.5 cm PaK 40/3 auf Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf. H


I present to you the nemesis of all overconfident heavy tank drivers.

It is a Marder 38T with 75mm PaK 40 cannon. A sneaky little tank destroyer with a very VERY dangerous gun. This was a very fearsome opponent because of its armament and small profile. Only some divisions got to operate this tank destroyer. It was made in mid-late 1942. Some don*t want to play high profile tank destroyers and prefer Marders and Hetzers (both have the same chassis).




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[spoiler]The Panzerjager 38(t) fur 7.5cm PAK 40 ausf H (SdKfz 138) was the second version of the Marder III tank hunter and the first to be armed with a German gun. The first Marder III, the Panzerjager 38(t) fur 7.62cm PAK 36(t), mounted a captured Soviet gun on the chassis of the Panzer 38(t) tank, and a total of 344 were built between April and October 1942.

In May 1942 the German 7.5cm PAK 40 anti-tank gun became available. Work began on mounting this new gun on the Pz.38(t) ausf H chassis. As with the earlier version this was done by removing the turret and the top plate of the superstructure and welding the cross-shaped gun mount to the sides, front and back of the superstructure.

As with the earlier version the new gun position was in the centre of the tank, with the engine at the rear. The two man gun-crew were protected by a sloped gun shield which was rather better designed than that on the SdKfz 139 and that gave the new vehicle a lower profile. The SdKfz 138 ausf H carried a crew of four - driver and radio operator/ hull gunner in the chassis and commander/ gunner and loader in the open gun compartment.

The first 33 Marder III SdKfz 138 ausf Hs were produced in November 1942. A total of 242 were produced between November 1942 and September 1943 (275 in some sources). A further 116 or 175 were produced by converting existing tanks during 1943, for a total of between 358 and 417 vehicles.

The ausf H was followed by the final and most numerous version of the Marder III, the Panzerjager 38(t) fur 7.5cm PAK 40 ausf M.

The SdKfz 138 ausf H served in Tunisia and Italy in 1943, and on the Eastern Front where it was used by the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler and the 1st SS Panzer Division, as well as Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht units.[/spoiler]


Production: 242 as new, 116 or 175 conversions
Hull Length: 5.77m/ 18.9ft
Hull Width: 2.16m/ 7.08ft
Height: 2.51m/ 8.23
Crew: 4
Weight: 10.8 tons 
Engine: Praga EPA/2
Max Speed: 35km/hr/ 21.7mph
Max Range: 240km/ 149 miles
Armament: One 7.5cm PaK 40/3 L/46 and one 7.92mm MG37(t)






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Source: http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_panzerjager_38_sdkfz_138_ausf_H.html


Here is info about the gun (Wikipedia, i know, but it gives you an idea):

  • Caliber: 75 mm
  • Barrel length: L/46
  • Rifling: 32 Grooves, right-hand increasing twist, 1/24 to 1/18.
  • Length with the carriage: 6.2 metres (20.3 ft)
  • Length: 3.45 metres (11.3 ft)
  • Width: 2 metres (6.6 ft)
  • Height: 1.25 metres (4.1 ft)
  • Weight (combat ready): 1,425 kilograms (3,142 lb)
  • Traverse: 65°
  • Elevation: -5° to + 22°
  • Rate of fire: 14 rounds per minute
  • Engagement range: 1,800 metres (5,906 ft)
  • Indirect range: 7,678 metres (25,190 ft) m (HE shell)
  • Projectile weight: 3.18 kilograms (7.0 lb) to 6.8 kilograms (15.0 lb)

Performance Round Muzzle velocity Penetration of armour
90 degrees incidence at 500 metres (1,640 ft) Armour piercing 792 m/s (2,598 ft/s) 132 millimetres (5.2 in) APCR 933 m/s (3,061 ft/s) 154 millimetres (6.1 in) HE 550 m/s (1,804 ft/s) n/a


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I want. give now. What Is this about? The Marder II? (sorry if this is a stupid question to you) If so, I though some where mounted with 76.2mm F-22 Model 1936 guns


EDIT: The captured F-22 cannons were re-chambered to accept German 7.5cm PaK 40 ammunition

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Marder III Ausf. H had the Pak 40, Captain_G_.

Earlier versions indeed had the Russian 76.2mm, renamed 7.62cm PaK 36(r).


The Marder line would be a nice addition to the tech tree! Marder I (7.5cm PaK40 on a French "Lorraine" chassis, Marder II (7.5cm PaK40 on a Pz II chassis), Marder III (on the 38(t) chassis).


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