MF48571FR

 

 US M3A3 Stuart Light Tank

12. LEDER 2. DB Befreiung von Paris im August 1944

 

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The M3A3 had a welded hull with the tilted walls. The M3A3 was equipped with the new turret with back projection. The M3A3 was equipped with the Continental engine. The models equipped with the Continental engine were called Stuart V by the British.

MF48571UK

 

 US M3A3 Stuart Light TankNormandie 7. Kampagne Panzer div. Juni 1944

 

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The M3A3 had a welded hull with the tilted walls. The M3A3 was equipped with the new turret with back projection. The M3A3 was equipped with the Continental engine. The models equipped with the Continental engine were called Stuart V by the British.

MF48572REC

 

 

Haubitze Stuart M8 75mm, 1. REC - 5. DB Alsace 1944

 

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In 1941-42, US Army tank battalions were divided between light or medium battalions. The first were equipped with M3/M5 light tanks and the second of M3/M4 medium tanks. In order to provide a mobile artillery support to the light battalions, one decided to produce a light motorized howitzer. Moreover, there was a request for a self-propelled 75 mm howitzer for the infantry cannon companies. One firstly tried to adapt the chassis of M3 light tank but conversion was a failure and it was finally the chassis of M5 light tank which was selected. The howitzer of 75 mm was assembled in a broad turret open to the top and also equipped with a circular for anti-aircraft machine-gun of 12.7 mm. The T47 prototype (or T17E1) was finalized and produced by Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors Corp. T47 was accepted for the production in 1942 as M8 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage. A total of 1778 specimens were produced between September 1942 and January 1944. 


MF48572US

 

 

Haubitze Stuart M8 75mm, 12th US Armored Div. Alsace France Janvier 1945

 

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In 1941-42, US Army tank battalions were divided between light or medium battalions. The first were equipped with M3/M5 light tanks and the second of M3/M4 medium tanks. In order to provide a mobile artillery support to the light battalions, one decided to produce a light motorized howitzer. Moreover, there was a request for a self-propelled 75 mm howitzer for the infantry cannon companies. One firstly tried to adapt the chassis of M3 light tank but conversion was a failure and it was finally the chassis of M5 light tank which was selected. The howitzer of 75 mm was assembled in a broad turret open to the top and also equipped with a circular for anti-aircraft machine-gun of 12.7 mm. The T47 prototype (or T17E1) was finalized and produced by Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors Corp. T47 was accepted for the production in 1942 as M8 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage. A total of 1778 specimens were produced between September 1942 and January 1944. 


MF48573

 

 

Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer, Germany 1945

 

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In March 1943, Heinz Guderian suggested the replacement of all the old models of Panzerjägers with open superstructure and light shielding which were used as temporary solution by a very new race of tank destroyers better protected by a thicker shielding and especially a structure completely armoured more suited to realities of the combat. It is at that time that the new tank destroyer is definitively baptized Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer (Troublemaker) and receives its Sd.Kfz.138/2 number. A total of 2584 specimens, which is enormous considering the German capacities, was produced in three series until the end of the war. The silhouette of Hetzer was really low thanks to a superstructure with the very tilted walls (welded). The shielding was in front of 60 mm, on the roof and on the back of 8 mm and 20 mm on the sides. Short armoured skirts of 5 mm will be also installed on the sides. Hetzers were gone from there to equip the units with tank destroyers (Panzerjäger Abteilung/Kompanie) of divisions of infantry, Panzergrenadiers and various independent units. Hetzers equipped all the types of units of Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS within a total of 10 divisions. But they will be also versed in a division of Luftwaffe, in two divisions of Kriegsmarine, 3 divisions of the RAD and ROA (voluntary Russian of Heer). It will foam all the battle fields on all fronts (since 1944). They will be in particular largely used during the offensive in the Belgian Ardennes during the winter 1944-1945.

MF48573HI

 

 

Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer, Winter Camouflage 1945

 

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In March 1943, Heinz Guderian suggested the replacement of all the old models of Panzerjägers with open superstructure and light shielding which were used as temporary solution by a very new race of tank destroyers better protected by a thicker shielding and especially a structure completely armoured more suited to realities of the combat. It is at that time that the new tank destroyer is definitively baptized Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer (Troublemaker) and receives its Sd.Kfz.138/2 number. A total of 2584 specimens, which is enormous considering the German capacities, was produced in three series until the end of the war. The silhouette of Hetzer was really low thanks to a superstructure with the very tilted walls (welded). The shielding was in front of 60 mm, on the roof and on the back of 8 mm and 20 mm on the sides. Short armoured skirts of 5 mm will be also installed on the sides. Hetzers were gone from there to equip the units with tank destroyers (Panzerjäger Abteilung/Kompanie) of divisions of infantry, Panzergrenadiers and various independent units. Hetzers equipped all the types of units of Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS within a total of 10 divisions. But they will be also versed in a division of Luftwaffe, in two divisions of Kriegsmarine, 3 divisions of the RAD and ROA (voluntary Russian of Heer). It will foam all the battle fields on all fronts (since 1944). They will be in particular largely used during the offensive in the Belgian Ardennes during the winter 1944-1945.

MF48574

 

 

15 cm schweres Infanteriegeschütz 33/2(Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer, Germany March 1945

 

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The chassis and the superstructure of Hetzer were used in November of 1944, as bases for Jadgpanzer 38(t) armed with the howitzer of 150 mm sIG33/2. From December 1944 at the end of the conflict, 30 specimens of this conversion were produced by BMM (Praga/CKD) under the designation of 15cm Schweres Infanteriegeschuetz 33/2(Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer.

MF48574HI

 

 

15 cm schweres Infanteriegeschütz 33/2(Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer, Operation Nordwind Janvier 1945

 

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The chassis and the superstructure of Hetzer were used in November of 1944, as bases for Jadgpanzer 38(t) armed with the howitzer of 150 mm sIG33/2. From December 1944 at the end of the conflict, 30 specimens of this conversion were produced by BMM (Praga/CKD) under the designation of 15cm Schweres Infanteriegeschuetz 33/2(Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer.

MF48575

 

 

Panzerjäger Marder III Ausf.H 7.5 cm Pak40,  21th Pz. Div. Tunisie Mars 1943

 

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The tank destroyer based Marder III based on Pz.Kpfw 38(t) was manufactured in two models: Marder III Ausf.H and Marder III Ausf.M. Marder III ausf.H was based on the chassis of Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.H and indicated 7.5 cm PaK40/3 auf Pz.Kpfw 38(t) Ausf.H or Panzerjäger 38(t) 7.5 cm PaK40/3 Ausf.H. It was armed with the anti-tank gun of 75 mm PaK 40/3 L/46. The crew of Marder III ausf.H was of 4 men: the pilot in the cockpit to front, the commander, and two gunners in the sta..on of combat in the center. The engine of Marder III was always installed in a back engine compartment. The compartment of combat was opened with the top and the back and accomodated the gun of 75 mm equipped with a vast shield protecting front and the sides. The shielding of Marder III Ausf.H varied between 8 and 50 mm. BMM manufactured 243 specimens of Marder III Ausf.H between November 1942 and Avril 1943, followed from 175 Pz.Kpfw 38(t)s converted in 1943. Marder III Ausf.H was versed in Panzerjäger Abteilungen as of the end of 1942. One will also find some in units of Waffen SS like the LSSAH or Luftwaffe like Division Herman Göring.

MF48575KU

 

 

Panzerjäger Marder III Ausf.H 7.5 cm Pak40, 9th Pz. Div. Opération Citadel Kursk Russie Juillet 1943

 

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The tank destroyer based Marder III based on Pz.Kpfw 38(t) was manufactured in two models: Marder III Ausf.H and Marder III Ausf.M. Marder III ausf.H was based on the chassis of Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.H and indicated 7.5 cm PaK40/3 auf Pz.Kpfw 38(t) Ausf.H or Panzerjäger 38(t) 7.5 cm PaK40/3 Ausf.H. It was armed with the anti-tank gun of 75 mm PaK 40/3 L/46. The crew of Marder III ausf.H was of 4 men: the pilot in the cockpit to front, the commander, and two gunners in the sta..on of combat in the center. The engine of Marder III was always installed in a back engine compartment. The compartment of combat was opened with the top and the back and accomodated the gun of 75 mm equipped with a vast shield protecting front and the sides. The shielding of Marder III Ausf.H varied between 8 and 50 mm. BMM manufactured 243 specimens of Marder III Ausf.H between November 1942 and Avril 1943, followed from 175 Pz.Kpfw 38(t)s converted in 1943. Marder III Ausf.H was versed in Panzerjäger Abteilungen as of the end of 1942. One will also find some in units of Waffen SS like the LSSAH or Luftwaffe like Division Herman Göring.

MF48575HI

 

 

Panzerjäger Marder III Ausf.H 7.5 cm Pak40, 1.Pz.Gren.Div. "LAH" Kharkov 1943

 

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The tank destroyer based Marder III based on Pz.Kpfw 38(t) was manufactured in two models: Marder III Ausf.H and Marder III Ausf.M. Marder III ausf.H was based on the chassis of Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.H and indicated 7.5 cm PaK40/3 auf Pz.Kpfw 38(t) Ausf.H or Panzerjäger 38(t) 7.5 cm PaK40/3 Ausf.H. It was armed with the anti-tank gun of 75 mm PaK 40/3 L/46. The crew of Marder III ausf.H was of 4 men: the pilot in the cockpit to front, the commander, and two gunners in the sta..on of combat in the center. The engine of Marder III was always installed in a back engine compartment. The compartment of combat was opened with the top and the back and accomodated the gun of 75 mm equipped with a vast shield protecting front and the sides. The shielding of Marder III Ausf.H varied between 8 and 50 mm. BMM manufactured 243 specimens of Marder III Ausf.H between November 1942 and Avril 1943, followed from 175 Pz.Kpfw 38(t)s converted in 1943. Marder III Ausf.H was versed in Panzerjäger Abteilungen as of the end of 1942. One will also find some in units of Waffen SS like the LSSAH or Luftwaffe like Division Herman Göring.

MF48576G

 

 

15 cm schwere Infanterie Geschütz 33 France 1940

 

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The 15 cm sIG 33 (schweres Infanterie Geschütz 33) was the standard German heavy infantry gun used in the Second World War. It was the largest weapon ever classified as an infantry gun by any nation. Sources differ on the development history, but the gun itself was of conventional design. Early production models were horse-drawn, with wooden wheels. Later production models had pressed steel wheels, with solid rubber tires and air brakes for motor towing. The sIG 33 was rather heavy for its mission and it was redesigned in the late 1930s to incorporate light alloys in an effort to save weight. This saved about 150 kilograms (330 lb), but the outbreak of war forced the reversion back to the original design as the Luftwaffe had a higher priority for light alloys before more than a few hundred were made. A new carriage, made entirely of light alloys, was tested around 1939, but was not accepted for service..

MF48576

 

 

15 cm schwere Infanterie Geschütz 33 Russland 1943-1945

 

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The 15 cm sIG 33 (schweres Infanterie Geschütz 33) was the standard German heavy infantry gun used in the Second World War. It was the largest weapon ever classified as an infantry gun by any nation. Sources differ on the development history, but the gun itself was of conventional design. Early production models were horse-drawn, with wooden wheels. Later production models had pressed steel wheels, with solid rubber tires and air brakes for motor towing. The sIG 33 was rather heavy for its mission and it was redesigned in the late 1930s to incorporate light alloys in an effort to save weight. This saved about 150 kilograms (330 lb), but the outbreak of war forced the reversion back to the original design as the Luftwaffe had a higher priority for light alloys before more than a few hundred were made. A new carriage, made entirely of light alloys, was tested around 1939, but was not accepted for service..