Wespe self propelled gun, south of Berdichev (Ukraine) on January 31, 1944:
Wespe self propelled gun, a member of the 2nd Panzer Division in 1943:
Wespe self propelled gun6:
Wespe self propelled gun:
The Wespe used a PzKpfw II Ausf F chassis that was lengthened and the engine was moved forward.6 The fighting compartment was at the rear and was open to the top and rear.6
Was named the Wespe but Hitler ordered the name dropped on February 27, 1944.
The muzzle velocity was 470 m/s / 1,542'/s.5 The HE shell weighed 32.7 lbs and was fired at a muzzle velocity of 1,772'/sec.4 The range was 11,679 yards.4 If the gun was fitted with a muzzle brake and an Fernladung (extra charge) then the range was 13,450 yards.4
Wespe: 6762, 6835
Production: 1942 - 19445, February 1943- July 19442, 1943 - 19445
Ammunition Carrier: 1585, 1591
Wespe; le FH 18/2 auf Fgst PzKpfw II (Sf) Wespe; GW II für 10.5cm le FH 18/1 Wespe; Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/2 auf Fahrgestell PzKpfw II (SF) Wespe, SdKfz 124, "Wasp"; 10.5 cm Le.F.H. 18/2 auf Fahrgestell Panzer II (sf) Wespe; 10.5 cm L.F.H. 18/2 auf GW II, Wespe:
Ammunition Carrier: Had a plate in the gun slot that could be removed in the field and a 105 mm gun placed. Could carry 90 rounds.5 It carried a driver and 2 gunners.
These were usually used by divisional artillery batteries of the Panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions. Wespes were organized into batteries of 6 howitzers with up to 5 batteries to an Abteilung (battalion).
Battle of Kursk
The Wespe first entered service at Battle of Kursk in 1943.