Hetzer

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Hetzer

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Germany TD Tier IV
Battle Tiers
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Totals
Cost 127,000  Credits
Hit Points 270270 HP
Weight Limit 16.2/16.817.02/18.5 t
Crew
Commander (Radio Operator)
Driver
Gunner
Loader
Mobility
Engine Power 100220 hp
Speed Limit 42 km/h
Traverse 2830 deg/s
Power/Wt Ratio 6.1712.93 hp/t
Pivot YesYes
Armor
Hull Armor 60/20/8 mm
Armament
Damage 82.5-137.5262.5-437.5 HP
Penetration 77-12948-80 mm
Rate of Fire
15.38100% crew: 16.04 rpm
+ Vents: 16.41 rpm
+ BiA : 16.77 rpm
+ Food: 17.49 rpm
6.98100% crew: 7.28 rpm
+ Vents: 7.44 rpm
+ BiA : 7.6 rpm
+ Food: 7.93 rpm
r/m
Accuracy
0.39100% crew: 0.37 m
+ Vents: 0.37 m
+ BiA : 0.36 m
+ Food: 0.34 m
0.53100% crew: 0.51 m
+ Vents: 0.5 m
+ BiA : 0.49 m
+ Food: 0.47 m
m
Aim time
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
s
Gun Traverse Speed
44100% crew: 45.89 deg/s
+ Vents: 46.92 deg/s
+ BiA : 47.96 deg/s
+ Food: 50.03 deg/s
44100% crew: 45.89 deg/s
+ Vents: 46.92 deg/s
+ BiA : 47.96 deg/s
+ Food: 50.03 deg/s
deg/s
Gun Arc -5°/+15°
Elevation Arc -8°/+15°-7°/+15°
Ammo Capacity 4020 rounds
General
Chance of Fire 2015 %
View Range
260100% crew: 260 m
+ Vents: 265.57 m
+ BiA : 271.14 m
+ Food: 282.29 m
260100% crew: 260 m
+ Vents: 265.57 m
+ BiA : 271.14 m
+ Food: 282.29 m
m
Signal Range
290100% crew: 302.43 m
+ Vents: 309.26 m
+ BiA : 316.1 m
+ Food: 329.77 m
615100% crew: 641.36 m
+ Vents: 655.85 m
+ BiA : 670.35 m
+ Food: 699.34 m
m
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Child
Contour-Germany-StugIII.png12,435 XP
Research
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The Hetzer is a German tier 4 tank destroyer.

A light, low-profile tank destroyer designed according to General Heinz Guderian's specifications. The Hetzer was produced from April 1944 to May 1945, with a total of 2,584 vehicles manufactured.

It is a very different tank from its predecessor, the Marder II. Initially, its poor speed and restricted arc of fire seem to be a downgrade from the long-range firepower of the Marder II; a point that provokes a lot of mixed opinions from players. It takes some time, and a few upgrades, to unlock some of the Hetzer's true potential and allow its excellent sloped armor, low profile, and powerful guns to come to the fore.

The Hetzer leads to the StuG III.


















Modules

Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
04IV 7,5 cm StuK 40 L/43 40 110/110/175 HP 103/139/38 mm 70 Credits/7 Gold/38 Credits
15.38100% crew: 16.04 rpm
+ Vents: 16.41 rpm
+ BiA : 16.77 rpm
+ Food: 17.49 rpm
r/m
0.39100% crew: 0.37 m
+ Vents: 0.37 m
+ BiA : 0.36 m
+ Food: 0.34 m
m
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
s
-8°/+15° --- 25,00025,000 Credits 1,437 1,437 kg
05V 7,5 cm PaK 39 L/48 40 110/110/175 HP 110/158/38 mm 70 Credits/7 Gold/38 Credits
15.38100% crew: 16.04 rpm
+ Vents: 16.41 rpm
+ BiA : 16.77 rpm
+ Food: 17.49 rpm
r/m
0.37100% crew: 0.35 m
+ Vents: 0.35 m
+ BiA : 0.34 m
+ Food: 0.33 m
m
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
s
-8°/+15° 3,400 27,38027,380 Credits 1,520 1,520 kg
05V 10,5 cm StuH 42 L/28 20 350/350/410 HP 64/104/53 mm 120 Credits/10 Gold/128 Credits
6.98100% crew: 7.28 rpm
+ Vents: 7.44 rpm
+ BiA : 7.6 rpm
+ Food: 7.93 rpm
r/m
0.53100% crew: 0.51 m
+ Vents: 0.5 m
+ BiA : 0.49 m
+ Food: 0.47 m
m
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
s
-7°/+15° 3,800 28,00028,000 Credits 2,100 2,100 kg

Engine
TierNamePowerFire ChanceTypeXP CostPriceWeight
02II Praga TN 100 0100 100 hp 020 20 % Gasoline --- 000000800800 Credits 0340 340 kg
02II Praga TNPS 0120 120 hp 020 20 % Gasoline 120 1,1501,150 Credits 0350 350 kg
03III Scania Vabis 1664 0165 165 hp 015 15 % Diesel 400 4,9804,980 Credits 0400 400 kg
04IV Tatra Typ 103 0220 220 hp 015 15 % Diesel 850 9,1209,120 Credits 0500 500 kg

Suspension
TierNameLoad LimitTraverse SpeedXP CostPriceWeight
03III Jagdpanzer 38 (t) 16.816.8 t 02828 d/s ------ 1,9501,950 Credits 2,500 2,500 kg
04IV Jagdpanzer 38 (t) verstärkteketten 18.518.5 t 03030 d/s 1,0251,025 4,3704,370 Credits 2,500 2,500 kg

Radio
TierNameRangeXP CostPriceWeight
02II FuG 37
290100% crew: 302.43 m
+ Vents: 309.26 m
+ BiA : 316.1 m
+ Food: 329.77 m
290100% crew: 302.43 m
+ Vents: 309.26 m
+ BiA : 316.1 m
+ Food: 329.77 m
m
0--- --- 000000180180 Credits 0040 40 kg
07VII FuG 10
455100% crew: 474.5 m
+ Vents: 485.23 m
+ BiA : 495.95 m
+ Food: 517.4 m
455100% crew: 474.5 m
+ Vents: 485.23 m
+ BiA : 495.95 m
+ Food: 517.4 m
m
3,600 3,600 21,60021,600 Credits 0100 100 kg
09IX FuG 11
615100% crew: 641.36 m
+ Vents: 655.85 m
+ BiA : 670.35 m
+ Food: 699.34 m
615100% crew: 641.36 m
+ Vents: 655.85 m
+ BiA : 670.35 m
+ Food: 699.34 m
m
5,600 5,600 33,60033,600 Credits 0070 70 kg

Historical Info

JPz 38(t) in museum at CFB Borden in Ontario, Canada

The Jagdpanzer 38(t) (Sd.Kfz. 138/2), later known as Hetzer ("baiter"), was a German light tank-destroyer of the Second World War based on a modified pre-war Czechoslovakian Panzer 38(t) chassis. The project was inspired by the Romanian "Mareşal" tank destroyer.

The name "Hetzer" was, at the time, not commonly used for this vehicle. It was the designation for a related prototype, the E-10. The Škoda factory (for a very short period) confused the two names in its documentation, and the very first unit equipped with the vehicle (for a few weeks) applied the incorrect name until matters were cleared. However, there exists a memorandum from Heinz Guderian to Hitler incorrectly claiming that an unofficial name, Hetzer, had spontaneously been coined by the troops. Post-war historians, basing themselves on this statement, made the name popular in their works. The vehicle was never named as such in official documents.

Development

Hetzer on display in the Royal Military Museum, Brussels

The Jagdpanzer 38(t) was intended to be more cost-effective than the much more ambitious Jagdpanther and Jagdtiger designs of the same period. Using a proven chassis, it avoided the mechanical problems of the larger armored vehicles.

It was better armored than the earlier Panzerjäger Marder and Nashorn with a sloped armor front-plate of 60 mm, sloped back at 60 degrees from the vertical (equivalent in protection to about 120 mm), carried a reasonably powerful gun, was mechanically reliable, small, and easily concealed. It was also cheap to build. The Jagdpanzer 38(t) succeeded the Marder III (based on the same chassis) in production from April 1944: about 2,584 were built until the end of the war. The older Marder III Panzerjager-series retained the same vertically-sided chassis as Panzer 38(t). In the Hetzer, the lower hull-sides sloped slightly to increase the available interior space and enable a fully-enclosed fighting compartment. Because of the fully enclosed armor, it was 5 tons heavier than the Marder III. To compensate for the increased weight, track shoe width was increased from 293 mm to 350 mm. Additionally, in late 1944, Guderian ordered the petrol engine replaced by a 190hp air-cooled Tatra Type 928 diesel engine, a result of Germany's rapidly diminishing supply of petrol fuel. This change was not immediately implimented to prevent disruption of production, but by spring 1945, Tatra diesel-powered Hetzers were emerging from factories.

The Hetzer equipped the Panzerjägerabteilungen (tank-destroyer battalions) of the infantry divisions, giving them some limited mobile anti-armor capability. After the war, Czechoslovakia continued to build the type (versions ST-I and ST-III for training version: about 180 units built) and exported 158 vehicles (version G-13) to Switzerland. Most vehicles in today's collections are of Swiss origin.

By order of Adolf Hitler in November 1944, a number of Jagdpanzer 38(t)s were refurbished straight from the factory with a Keobe flamethrower and accompanying equipment instead of the normal gun. The flame projector was encased in a metal shield reminiscent of that of a gun barrel, and easily prone to damage. Less than 50 of these vehicles, designated Flammpanzer 38, were completed before the end of the war, but they were used operationally against Allied forces on the Western Front. Further variants were a Hetzer carrying the 150 mm sIG33/2 Howitzer, of which 30 were produced before the end of the war, and the Bergepanzer 38(t)Hetzer, a light recovery vehicle of which 170 were produced. Plans were made to produce other variants, including an assault-gun version of the Hetzer carrying a 105mm StuH main cannon, and an anti-aircraft variant mounted with a flak turret. The war ended before these proposed models were put into production.

Performance

Hetzer on the front
Hetzer belonging to 2nd Pz Div, probably in Normandy during the Falaise pocket battle

The Jagdpanzer 38(t) fitted into the lighter category of German tank-destroyers that began with the Panzerjäger I, continued with the Marder series, and ended with the Jagdpanzer 38(t). The 75 mm gun fitted on the Jagdpanzer 38 (t) was a modified 75 mm Pak 39 L/48, very similar to the late Panzer IV marks. The 75 mm kwk 40 L/48 could destroy nearly all allied tanks in service at long ranges, and its fully-enclosed armor protection made it a safer vehicle to crew than the Marder II or Marder III series. The Jagdpanzer 38(t) was one of the most common late-war German tank-destroyers. It was available in relatively large numbers and was generally mechanically reliable. Also, its small size made it easier to conceal than larger vehicles.

Like some other late-war German SPGs, the Hetzer mounted a remote-control machine gun mount which could be fired from within the vehicle. This proved popular with crews, though to reload the gun, a crewmember needed to expose themselves to enemy fire.

Its main failings were comparatively thin armor, limited ammunition storage, as well as torsion-bars and drive wheels that were prone to failure due to the increased weight of the Hetzer body on the Type 38 (t) suspension.
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