Hetzer - Jagdpanzer 38 (t): The most cost-effective German tank hunter

Ichon

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Mar 2013
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#3
How does it compare to the Stug chassis? I have always heard that was the most effective but generally it is well accepted the tank hunters were usually better use of German resources than most of the mainline battle tanks once Germans were pushed onto the defensive.
 

sparky

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Jan 2017
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Sydney
#5
Cheap and cheerful , gave some backbone to the poor infantry and a headache to the Shermans
the ergonomics were soooooo bad it could have been designed by Soviet
 
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Oct 2013
14,293
Europix
#6
Cheap and cheerful , gave some backbone to the poor infantry and a headache to the Shermans
the ergonomics were soooooo bad it could have been designed by Soviet
Oddly, it was a Romanian design that inspired it, while Soviets, tho taking possession of Romanian and German blueprints and plans, didn't continued the idea.

source : Mareșal tank destroyer - Wikipedia
 
Jun 2019
28
USA
#7
Oddly, it was a Romanian design that inspired it, while Soviets, tho taking possession of Romanian and German blueprints and plans, didn't continued the idea.

source : Mareșal tank destroyer - Wikipedia
Open Topped, the TC way have been able to direct the SPG better, like the Soviets later did with the ASU-57.

Yes, losing the armor would have taken away from the 'tiny mobile pillbox' vibe it had going on and closer to the Marders.

But you can't shoot what you don't see, so the whole near blind pillbox idea was really daft when you look closer at it.
Being able to see, then shoot and scoot would have been more effective that being to snipe one Sherman, than try to figure out where the rest of that platoon is at, firing 76mm at your flanks, Shermans you can't even see.
 
Oct 2013
14,293
Europix
#8
Open Topped, the TC way have been able to direct the SPG better, like the Soviets later did with the ASU-57.

Yes, losing the armor would have taken away from the 'tiny mobile pillbox' vibe it had going on and closer to the Marders.

But you can't shoot what you don't see, so the whole near blind pillbox idea was really daft when you look closer at it.
Being able to see, then shoot and scoot would have been more effective that being to snipe one Sherman, than try to figure out where the rest of that platoon is at, firing 76mm at your flanks, Shermans you can't even see.
Thank You.

I wasn't praising the "qualities" of the two (anyway, the Romanian one never was more than a prototype). Just pointing were from inspiration came.

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sorry, what's TC and SPG?
 
Jun 2019
28
USA
#9
Thank You.

I wasn't praising the "qualities" of the two (anyway, the Romanian one never was more than a prototype). Just pointing were from inspiration came.

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sorry, what's TC and SPG?
TC = Tank or Track Commander
SPG = Self Propelled Gun

Related acronym DAT
Dumb Ass Tanker