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Germany's Jagdpanzer IV SdKfz 162, Jagdpanzer IV/70 SdKfz 162/1 tank hunters

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Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer:
Germany's Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer
Late model Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer with Schürzen8:
Germany's Late model Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer with <em>Schürzen</em>
Jagdpanzer IV Ausf F tank destroyer8:
Germany's Jagdpanzer IV Ausf F tank destroyer
Jagdpanzer IV/70(A) tank destroyer:
Germany's Jagdpanzer IV/70(A) tank destroyer
Jagdpanzer IV/70(V) tank destroyer8:
Germany's Jagdpanzer IV/70(V) tank destroyer
Late production Jagdpanzer IV/70(V) tank destroyer with three return rollers8:
Germany's Late production Jagdpanzer IV/70(V) tank destroyer with three return rollers
Dragon Armor
60181:
Dragon Diecast 1/72 Armor German Jagdpanzer 60181

60225:
Dragon Diecast 1/72 Armor German Jagdpanzer 60225
60226:
Dragon Diecast 1/72 Armor German Jagdpanzer 60226

60231:
Dragon Diecast 1/72 Armor German Jagdpanzer 60231
60232:
Dragon Diecast 1/72 Armor German Jagdpanzer 60232

60239:
Dragon Diecast 1/72 Armor German Jagdpanzer 60239
60240:
Dragon Diecast 1/72 Armor German Jagdpanzer 60240

Design

Specifications for the Jagdpanzer IV originated in 1942 calling for a heavy assault gun with 100 mm armor.5 It was to replace the Sturmgeschütz in the tank destroyer role as it couldn't be upgunned.3 Initially it was to be armed with the 7.5 cm Pak 42 L/70 but the Panthers had priority and the 7.5 cm L/48 gun was used.3

Guderian was against the project as it took away from the PzKpfw IV tanks. In June 1944 Hitler ordered production of the PzKpfw IV should be abandoned to concentrate on the Jagdpanzer IV.5

Crews

The crews of the Jagdpanzer IV liked the thick armor and low silhouette.3,10

Chassis

The chassis chosen to be used was the one used for the PzKpfw IV.3

Suspension

Because of the long barrel gun it caused the Jagdpanzer IV to be nose heavy.3 The resulted in the front wheels being steel ringed instead of rubber.3

Main Armament

Gun Ammunition Type Weight Velocity Range
7.5 cm KwK 40 L/48 AP6 15 lb6 2,461'/s6  
75 mm PaK 42 L/70 AP6 15 lb6 3,068'/s6  
HE6     10,776 yd6

Tank Destroyer Armament Performance

Tank Destroyer Armament Performance

Prototype

A wooden model, made by Vomag Betriebs of Plauen/Vogtland, was shown to Hitler on May 14, 1943 and a soft steel model was presented to Hitler in September 19435/ October 19433.9 The final prototype was made in December 1943.

Production

  • Jagdpanzer IV chassis: 1,5318
  • Stug Pzkpfw IV: 7692,5, 26 chassis2
    • Production: January 1944 - November 19442,5
    • Manufacturer: Vomag2, Alkett
  • Jagdpanzer IV: 769
    • Production: 1944
    • Manufacturer: Krupp, Demag (in association with Alkett) M.I.A.G.6
  • Jagdpanzer IV mit 7.5 cm Stuk 42:
    • Production:
    • Manufacturer: Krupp6
  • Jagdpanzer IV/70(V): 900, 9302,5
    • Production: August 1944 - March 19452,5
    • Manufacturer: Vomag11
  • Jagdpanzer IV/70(A): 2782,5, 300
    • Production: 1944 - 19458, August 1944 - March 19452,5
    • Manufacturer: Alkett11, Nibelungenwerke2,5
  • Total: 1,33910
    • Production: December 1943 - March 194510

Production Comparison

Tank Destroyer Production Comparison

Variants

  • Sturmgeschütz neuer Art mit 7.5 cm PaK L/48 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen IV (SdKfz 162):
  • Jagdpanzer IV, SdKfz 162: Due to delays in getting the L/70 gun fitted, Vomag was asked to start production with the 7.5 cm KwK 40 L/48 gun.5
    Entered production in January 1944.5 The armor was supplied by Witkowiter Bergbau un Eisenhütten. The gun was made by Rheinmetall-Borsig and Seitz of Kreuznach.
    Early vehicles had muzzle brake, but as the gun was only 1.4 m / 4' 7" above the ground a lot of dust was kicked up when fired, they were later deleted.5
    Had Schürzen and Zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste installed at the factory.5 The 75 mm gun was offset 200 mm / 8" to the right of center.5
    Were issued to tank hunter detachments of Panzer divisions from March 1944. They were first used by the Hermann Göring Division in Italy, then with the 4th and 5th Panzer Divisions in Russia, and then with the Panzerlehr, 9th Panzer, and 12th SS Panzer Divisions in France.
  • Jagdpanzer IV Ausf F. (7.5cm Pak 39 L/48) SdKfz 162; Panzerjäger 39: Was to have the 7.5 cm StuK 42 L/70 but production delays forced the use of the 7.5cm Pak 39 L/48.8 Later models had no muzzle brake.8
  • Jagdpanzer IV/70(V); Panzerjäger IV für 7.5 cm StuK 42 L/70 (SdKfz 162/1); 7.5 cm Stu. K. 42 L/70 auf Panzerjäger IV, SdKfz 1626; Panzer IV/70 SdKfz 162/1; Jagdpanzer IV mit 7.5cm StuK 42 L/70: Built by Vomag.4 A prototype with the longer L/70 gun was introduced in May 1944. The gun was made by Gustloff of Weimar and Skoda.
    Entered service in August 1944. Sometimes nicknamed "Guderian's Chicken." The longer gun made the tank nose heavy so the front wheels had to be made steel as it was wearing out the rubber quickly. Late models were to have a Vorsatz P mount for use with the MP44 with a curved barrel attachment.
    The front 3/4 of the vehicle was the crew compartment and the rear section contained the engine.5 The was mounted 200 mm (8") to the right of center, and had no muzzle brake.5,8 The gun overhung the front by 2.58 m (8' 6"), and made the vehicle nose heavy.5 The buffer and recuperator mechanisms had to be located above the barrel so that it would fit.5
    Some vehicles constructed in early 1945 were built on the Panzer III/IV chassis and had 3 return rollers.5,8
    The 105th and 106th Independent Panzer Brigades were issued them in August 19445. 137 were used in the Ardennes offensive in December 1944.
  • Jagdpanzer IV/70(A); Panzer IV/70 Zwischenlösung: Built by Alkett.4
    Mounted the 7.5cm StuK 42 L/70.5 Built on the PzKpfw IV Ausf J chassis.5
    The difference was that at the rear there was a vertical section in the superstructure instead of being sloped.5 It was nose heavy and had the first 4 sets of bogies fitted with steel rimmed wheels.
    Most were used on eastern front as replacements.

Usage

They replaced the Marder IIs and Marder IIIs in the panzer division's tank destroyer battalions.5

In The West

Partially equipped 6 mechanized divisions on June 6, 1944, in the West.5 Only 60 fought in Normandy.5

At The End

As of April 1, 1945, there were 275 still in use with the German Army.5

Specifications

  StuG PzKpfw IV
Crew 42
Radio FuG Spr f2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 24-25 tons2
Length 6.85 m2
Height 1.85 m2
Width 3.17 m2
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 75 mm PaK39 L/482
Secondary  
MG 2: 7.92 mm MG422 (1 in late production)2
MG - coaxial  
MG - hull  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 792
Secondary  
MG 6002
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 60@50°2
Mantlet: 802
Hull Front, Lower 60@45°2 & 50@55°2
Hull Sides, Upper 30@30°2
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°2
Hull Rear 20@35°2 & 20@11°2 & 20@9°2
Hull Top 20@90°2 & 10@90°2
Hull Bottom 12+10 to 10@90°2
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM2
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 6 forward, 1 reverse.2
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 10° left, 10° right2
Speed - Road 40 kph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 210 km2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -5° to +15°2
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tires  
Track centers/tread  
  Jagdpanzer IV
Crew 41,4,6,7,8,9,10,11
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 56,933 lb10
23.6 tons4,8,11, 23.62 tons1,7, 24 tons9, 24.1 tons5, 26.9 tons6
24,000 kg1,4,11, 25,800 kg10
Length w/gun 22' 5.7"1, 22' 6"4,11, 28' 1.8"10
6.85 m1,4,11, 8.58 m10
Length w/o gun 19' 4"'6, 19' 9"7
Height 6'6, 6' 0.8"1, 6' 1"4,7,11, 6' 5.2"10
1.85 m1,4,11, 1.96 m10
Width 9' 7.4"10, 9.7'6, 10' 4.8"1, 10' 5"4,7,11
2.93 m10, 3.17 m1,4,11
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 15.8"6
Ground contact length 138.5"6
Ground pressure 12.3 psi6
Armament  
Main 1: 75 mm1,4
1: 75 mm Pak 3910
1: 75 mm Pak, L/483,6
1: 7.5 cm Pak 39 L/487,8,11
Secondary  
MG 1 or 2: 7.92 mm MG1,4,11
2: 7.92 mm MG343,10
OR 2: 7.92 mm MG423
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 799
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 11 - 8010, 807, 1004,11
Front 3.2"@45°6, 605
Side 1.6"@30°6, 305
Hull Front, Upper 45°5, 60@50°
mantlet: 80 round
Hull Front, Lower 57°5, 50@55°
Hull Sides, Upper 30@30°
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear 20@35° & 20@11°
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach7
Maybach HL 12010
Maybach HL 120 TRM1,4,5,6,11
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water6
Cylinders V-124,6,11
Capacity  
Net HP 26510, 3005,7, 300@3,000 rpm6, 7004,11
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio 6.5:16
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh6
6 forward, 1 reverse6
Steering Clutch brake6
Steering ratio  
Starter Electric and inertia6
Electrical system Starting: 24-volt6
Running: 12-volt6
Ignition Mageneto6
Fuel (Type) Gasoline4,6,10,11
Octane  
Quantity 125 gallons6
Road consumption 1 mpg6
Cross country consumption 0.6 mpg6
Performance  
Traverse 20°6
Speed - Road 22 mph10, 24 mph7, 24.8 mph1, 24.9 mph4,11, 25 mph6
33 kph10, 40 kph1,4,11
Speed - Cross Country 10 mph6
Range - Road 124 miles6,7, 130.5 miles1,4,11, 133 miles10
210 km1,4,11, 214 km10
Range - Cross Country 78 miles6
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -5° to +20°6
Fording depth 3 ' 11"6,10
1.2 m10
Trench crossing 7' 6.6"10
2.3 m10
Vertical obstacle 1' 11.6"6,10
0.6 m10
Climbing ability 30° (57%) slope6
Suspension (Type) Sprung in pairs on 1/4 elliptic springs6
Wheels each side 86
Return rollers each side 46
Tracks (Type) Dry pin6
Length  
Width 15.75"6
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch 4.75"6
Tires  
Track centers/tread  
  Jagdpanzer IV mit 7.5 cm Stuk 42
Crew 43, 56
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 26.9 tons6
56,879 lb3
25,800 kg3
Length w/gun 28' 1.8"3
8.58 m3
Length w/o gun 19.5'6
Height 5.9'6, 6' 5.2"3
1.96 m3
Width 9.5'6, 9' 7.4"3
2.93 m3
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 15.7"6
Ground contact length 150"6
Ground pressure 11.4 psi6
Armament  
Main 1: 75 mm PaK 39 L/703
1: 75 mm StuK 42, L/706
Secondary  
MG 2: 7.92 mm MG343
1: 7.9 mm MG42, unmounted6
OR 2: 7.92 mm MG423
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 556
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Front 3.2"@45°6
Side 1.6"@30°6
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 1203
Maybach HL 120 TRM6
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water6
Cylinders V-126
Capacity  
Net HP 2653, 300@3,000 rpm6
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio 6.5:16
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh6
6 forward, 1 reverse6
Steering Clutch brake6
Steering ratio  
Starter Electric and inertia6
Electrical system Starting: 24-volt6
Running: 12-volt6
Ignition Mageneto6
Fuel (Type) Gasoline3,6
Octane  
Quantity 125 gallons6
Road consumption 1 mpg6
Cross country consumption 0.6 mpg6
Performance  
Traverse 20°6
Speed - Road 22 mph3, 25 mph6
35 kph3
Speed - Cross Country 10 mph6
Range - Road 124 miles6, 133 miles3
214 km3
Range - Cross Country 78 miles6
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -8° to +20°6
Fording depth 3' 11"3,6
1.2 m3
Trench crossing 7.6'6, 7' 6.6"3
2.3 m3
Vertical obstacle 1' 11"6, 1' 11.6"3
0.6 m3
Climbing ability 30° (57%) slope6
Suspension (Type) Sprung in pairs on 1/4 elliptic springs6
Wheels each side 86
Return rollers each side 46
Tracks (Type) Dry pin6
Length  
Width 15.75"6
Diameter  
Number of links 996
Pitch 4.75"6
Tires  
Track centers/tread 8.1'6
  Jagdpanzer IV/70(V)
Crew 42,8, 55
Radio FuG Spr f2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 24.5 tons8, 25.8 tons2,5
Length 8.5 m2
Height 1.85 m2
Width 3.17 m2
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 1: 75 mm PaK 42 L/702,11
1: 7.5 cm L/705
Secondary  
MG 1:7.92 mm MG422
MG - hull 1: 7.92 mm MG345
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 552,5
Secondary  
MG 6002
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 80@50°2, 80@45°5
Hull Front, Lower 45@55°5, 80@45°2 & 50@55°2
Hull Sides, Upper 40@30°2
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°2
Hull Rear 20@35°2& 20@11°2 & 20@9°2
Hull Top 20@90°2 & 10@90°2
Hull Bottom 12+10 to 10@90°2
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM2,5
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP 3005
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 6 forward, 1 reverse.2
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 10° left, 10° right2
Speed - Road 35 kph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 133 miles
210 km2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -5° to +15°2
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side 45
Late production: 35
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tires  
Track centers/tread  
  Jagdpanzer IV/70(A)
Crew 42,8
Radio FuG52
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 28 tons2,5,8
Length 8.44 m2
Height 2.35 m2
Width 2.88 m2
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 1: 75 mm PaK 42 L/702,11
1: 7.5 cm StuK 42 L/705,8
Secondary  
MG 1: 7.92 mm MG422
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) Mantlet: 1205
Hull Front, Upper 80@50°2, 855
Hull Front, Lower 80@10°2 & 80@14°2, 855
Hull Sides, Upper 305, 40@30°2
Hull Sides, Lower 40@30°2 & 30@0°2
Hull Rear 20@35°2 & 20@10°2, 305
Hull Top 20@90°2 & 10@90°2
Hull Bottom 10@90°2
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM & Maybach HL 120 TRM 1122
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 6 forward, 1 reverse.2
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 10° left, 10° right2
Speed - Road 24 mph5
38 kph2,5
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 200 miles5
320 km2, 322 km5
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -5° to +15°2
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tires  
Track centers/tread  

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