Image: Hetzer (Bundesarchiv)
YearApril 1944
Vehicle TypeLight Tank Destroyer
Origin & DesignerGermany/BMM & Skoda
Numbers Produced2.584
Crew4 (Commander, Gunner, Loader & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 75mm L/48 PaK 39 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-6° to +12°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse5° Left & 11° Right
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightSfl.ZF1a/Rbfl36
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm MG34 or MG42 (Hull Roof)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried41 x 75mm & 1.200 x 7.92mm
Combat Weight15.750m
Ground Clearance0.41m
Fording Depth0.89m
Trench Crossing1.31m
Obstacle Clearance0.65m
Climbing Ability29°
RadioFuG-5 & FuG Spr.f
ArmourLower Hull Front: 60mm
Lower Hull Sides: 20mm
Lower Hull Rear: 20mm
Lower Hull Top: 10mm
Hull Bottom: 8mm
Gun Mantle: 60mm
Upper Hull Front: 60mm
Upper Hull Sides: 20mm
Upper Hull Rear: 20mm
Upper Hull Top: 10mm
EnginePraga EPA AC/2 (Petrol)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range177 km
Maximum Cross Country Range97 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed42 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed16 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Germans still had a high regard for the chassis of the Panzer 38(t) tank and when Heinz Guderian requested a light tank destroyer with a fully protected gun with a low silhouette, then the Czech chassis was approved for the new vehicle. The vehicle itself was a new design which incorporated the 75mm PaK 39 gun mounted in a fully armoured fighting compartment complete with 60mm of sloped armour. The 38(t) chassis was modified and widened, a better engine was also fitted. It also had a remote controlled machine gun located on the roof. The Hetzer was issued to tank destroyer battalions and served on every front until the end of the war.