MARDER II (Sd.Kfz 131)

MARDER II (Sd.Kfz 131)
Image: Marder II (Bundesarchiv Bild-1011-197-1238-16)
YearJune 1942
Vehicle TypeMedium Tank Destroyer
Origin & DesignerGermany/FAMO, MAN, Daimler-Benz
Numbers Produced651
Crew3 (Commander/Gunner, Loader & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 75mm L/46 Pak 40/2 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-8° to +10°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse32° Left & 25° Right
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 Carried37 x 75mm + 600 x 7.92mm Rounds
Combat Weight10.800 kg
Ground Clearance0.34m
Fording Depth0.91m
Trench Crossing1.70m
Obstacle Clearance0.42m
Climbing Ability30°
RadioFuG Spr d
ArmourHull Front: 35mm
Hull Sides: 15mm
Hull Rear: 15mm
Hull Top: 10mm
Hull Bottom: 5mm
Gun Compartment:
Gun Shield: 4mm
Front: 35mm
Sides: 15mm
Rear: 15mm
Top: Open
EngineMaybach HL 62TRM (Petrol)
Transmission6 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range190 km
Maximum Cross Country Range126 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed19 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Marder II was based on the chassis of the Panzer II Ausf D and E light tank, which was only produced in small numbers. The chassis was kept in production to allow for the conversion plus some were developed from existing vehicles that had come in for repairs. The main armament was the Russian 76.2mm F-22 field gun, which was captured in large numbers during the early phase of Barbarossa. The gun was mounted in a raised fighting compartment, which also allowed for a gun shield to be fitted, this gave the vehicle a large silhouette, but the army needed a stop gap weapon to fill the void whilst new vehicles were being developed. The Marder II Ausf D and E was issued to tank destroyer companies of Panzer and Panzer Grenadier formations and mainly served in Russia.