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Jagdpanzer-38(t) Hetzer

Postby Whiterook » Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:42 pm

Nazi Germany (1944)
Tank Hunter – 2,827 built.

Skoda’s tank hunter
When Nazi Germany ruthlessly seized the industrial jewels of Czechoslovakia prior to the war, it also acquired a treasure of skills for tank manufacturing that was to provide the Nazi war machine with more than 5,000 extremely reliable tanks during the war. The whole family was derived from a single model: The Skoda/Praga Lt.Vz.38 or Panzer 38(t) in German service, a light tank which was used until 1943-44 but also gave birth to one of the most prolific German tank hunter of the war, the Hetzer.

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Compared to this vehicle, 2nd/3rd generation tanks hunters were based on mediums or heavy tank chassis. The nimblest of these was the STUG-IIIG, based on the now obsolescent Panzer-III chassis. Light tanks served to develop the first generation of tanks hunters, improvised in 1941-42 with bulky, tall superstructures while the AT gun was just basically welded on the superstructure. But overall the main goal of this new tank hunter was to be readily available in larger quantities, cheaper, and with a proven chassis to avoid the problems observed with the more ambitious and complex designs derived from the “big cats”.

The very reliable Panzer 38(t) chassis already served to develop the prolific Marder-III, declined into three major types. By 1943, the STUG-IIIG provided the bulk of German tanks hunters, and was quite a success due to its low profile. However engineers could do even more in terms of protection, low profile, and cost-efficiency, and the Hetzer was of this late-war, third generation. In sort, the “little brother” of the Jagdpanzer-IV. Moreover, it was produced in Czechoslovakia, then relatively spared by the allied bombings (that was to change).

As for the name “Hetzer”, equivalent to “Baiter” according to some sources it appeared in a briefing paper from Heinz Guderian to Hitler mentioning the name to be popular with the troops, and was then reused proficiently by postwar Historians.

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Romanian Maresal, 1943.
Romanian Maresal, 1943.


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Jagdpanzer-38_Hetzer, first model built with Fgst.nr.321001 radio (command vehicle).


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Hungarian early type Jagdpanzer-38_Hetzer, 1944.
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Re: Jagdpanzer-38(t) Hetzer

Postby Whiterook » Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:48 pm

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Jagdpanzer-38(t) early type “Black 233”, western front, one of the earliest captured.


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Hungarian Jagdpanzer-38(t) winter 1944-45.


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Hungarian Hetzer 1944.


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Hungarian Hetzer, 1945.


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Unknown unit, Bohemia, spring 1945.


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Jagdpanzer-38 of the 11th SS Panzerdivision “Nordland” winter 1944-45.
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Re: Jagdpanzer-38(t) Hetzer

Postby Whiterook » Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:52 pm

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Jagdpanzer-38 with the spotted ambush camouflage, Germany april-may 1945.


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Czech Hetzer, may 1945.


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Hungarian Jagdpanzer-38 “Mokus” tank destroyer, Lake Balaton battle 1945.


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Catpured Hetzer by the Russian liberation army, Czechoslovakia 1945.


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Jagdpanzer-38 Hetzer of an unknown PzjGr unit in Italy, 1945


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Hetzer of Slovakian insurgents, Prague, may 1945.
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Re: Jagdpanzer-38(t) Hetzer

Postby Whiterook » Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:56 pm

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Bulgarian Jagdpanzer-38_Hetzer, march 1945.


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Unknown unit, ambush camouflage, Germany, april-may 1945


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Unknown unit, Bohemia 1945
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Re: Jagdpanzer-38(t) Hetzer

Postby McCoy » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:22 pm

Why two threads on the same tank hunter?
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Re: Jagdpanzer-38(t) Hetzer

Postby Whiterook » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:32 pm

I figure in time, there will be multiple threads from different posters on the same subject, from a different view.....

Ron was why he liked this tank destroyer.

Mine is more skewed to shore descriptive and more on camp patterns. Meant more for mini and model reference.
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Re: Jagdpanzer-38(t) Hetzer

Postby McCoy » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:51 pm

Ok but please don't call it Hetzer. You hurt my feelings mate... ;-)
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