MARDER III (Sd.Kfz 139)

MARDER III (Sd.Kfz 139)
Image: Marder III (Bundesarchiv Bild-1011-217-0485-28 Russland-Sud)
YearApril 1942
Vehicle TypeMedium Tank Destroyer
Origin & DesignerCzechoslovakia/BMM
Numbers Produced363
Crew4 (Commander, Gunner, Loader & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 76.2mm L/51.5 Pak 36(r) Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-8° to +13½°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse42°
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightZF3x8
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm MG34 (Pivot)
1 x 7.92mm MG37(t) (Bow)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried30 x 76mm + 1.200 x 7.92mm Rounds
Combat Weight12.670 kg
Ground Clearance0.40m
Fording Depth0.90m
Trench Crossing1.80m
Obstacle Clearance0.85m
Climbing Ability30°
RadioFuG Spr d
ArmourHull Front: 50mm
Hull Sides: 16mm
Hull Rear: 15mm
Hull Top: 10mm
Hull Bottom: 8mm
Gun Shield Front: 11mm
Gun Shield Sides: 11mm
Gun Shield Rear: Open
Gun Shield Top: Open
EnginePraga EPA & EPA2 (Petrol)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range185 km
Maximum Cross Country Range140 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed47 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed20 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Marder III was an improvised tank destroyer in same mould as the Marder II. The Marder III was based on the chassis of the Czech 38(t) Ausf G tank, which by 1942 had become obsolete as a battle tank. It was armed with a captured Russian 76.2mm F-22 field gun which was re-cambered to fire German 75mm rounds. The turret was removed and replaced by a fighting compartment which housed the gun and gun shield and this resulted in a high silhouette. The engine power was increased to accommodate the weight. The Marder III served in Russia and North Africa.