MARDER I (Sd.Kfz 135)

MARDER I (Sd.Kfz 135)
Image: Marder I
YearJuly 1942
Vehicle TypeMedium Tank Destroyer
Origin & DesignerGermany/France/Lorraine/Becker
Numbers Produced170
Crew4 (Commander, Gunner, Loader & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 75mm L/46 Pak 40/1 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-5° to +22°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse64°
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightZF3x8
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm MG34 (Pivot)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried40 x 75mm + 1.200 x 7.92mm Rounds
Combat Weight8000 kg
Ground Clearance0.18m
Fording Depth0.85m
Trench Crossing1.80m
Obstacle Clearance0.56m
Climbing Ability24°
ArmourHull Front: 12mm
Hull Sides: 9mm
Hull Rear: 9mm
Hull Top: 5mm
Hull Bottom: 5mm
Gun Compartment:
Gun Mantle: 10mm
Front: 10mm
Sides: 9mm
Rear: 7mm
Top: Open
EngineDe la Haye 103TT (Petrol)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range135 km
Maximum Cross Country Range88 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed34 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed13 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Marder was a series of tank destroyers developed by Germany. The concept materialised when it was found that early marks of the Panzer II and IV were struggling to defeat the Russian T-34s and KV-1s. The first Marders (or Marten) were built on either the chassis of captured vehicles of obsolete German tanks. The Marder I was built on the chassis of the French Lorraine tractor which was captured in large amounts in 1940. It featured an armoured open topped fighting compartment and carried a 75mm PaK 40 gun. The fighting compartment was thinly armoured and could only protect the crew against small arms fire. It served mainly on the Russian front but many were issued to German units operating in France.