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Jagdpanther   (8.8 cm Pak) - Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf. G2

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Jagdpanther
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February 1945. Germany was in ruins. Yet even in the final stages of defeat somehow the assembly plants continued to function. At MNH (Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen-Hannover) one of the last batches of Jagdpanthers was loaded onto a train and dispatched to the front. Among them was chassis number 303086, soon to be lost from sight in the maelstrom of the final days of the Third Reich. Just over 50 years later in 2000, the Foundation purchased two wrecked Jagdpanthers from a collector in Germany. After years of being used as range targets, both were riddled with holes and missing substantial parts of their armour. The first Jagdpanther (No.1) had been recovered from the Pirbright ranges in the 1970s in exchange for an artillery piece and shipped back to Germany. The second Jagdpanther (No.2) had been salvaged from a British army range in northern Germany and was in by the far the worse condition. . The first order of business was to establish their production lineage and then, if possible, their unit histories. An initial survery of No.1 revealed that the chassis number was unreadable. No.2 revealed a chassis number 303 110 to the left of the driver's position. 303 was the code allocated ....

Technical Specification

Prime Manufacturer

Miag-Werke A.-G..

 

Secondary Manufacturers

MNH-Werke G.m.b.H. | MBA-Werke A.-G.

 

Hull Manufacturers

Reichswerke A.-G.| HG Stahl-Werke Braunschweig | Brandenburgische Eisenwerke G.m.b.H.

 

Production Dates

1944-45

 

Total Manufactured

417

 

Model Type

8.8cm Panzerjager

 

Sd Kfz Number

173

 

Engine

Maybach HL 230 P 30, petrol OZ 74, 12 cylinder V OHV, Water cooled, 23880 cc, 700 HP, Electrical suppression, Gp I suppressed option only.

 

Carburettor

4, twin choke DV-G (Solex) 52 JFF 11 D

 

Air Filter

Oil bath design by Knecht K.-G.

 

Gearbox/transmission

ZF AK 7-200, 7 forward (2-7 with synchromesh), 1 reverse

 

Suspension

Road wheels on trailing arms with two cross-hull torsion bars each

 

Wheels

Road wheels, steel dish with moulded solid rubber tyres

 

Tracks

87 links per side, dry pin cast steel at 660 mm wide, 3920 mm of track on ground

 

Steering

MAN multi-geared

 

Brakes

Mechanical discs by Suedd Arguswerke G.m.b.H.

 

Electric’s

24 Volts

 

Fuel Capacity

730 litre in five fuel tanks

 

Range Road

200 km, off-road 100 km

 

Maximum Speed

Road 45 km/hr, off-road 25 km/hr

 

Armament

8,8 cm Pak 43/3 L/71, one 7,92 mm MG 34, NahverteidigungWaffen

 

Ammunition

60 8,8 cm rounds, 600 7,92 rounds and 30 NahWa rounds

 

Optics

1 x Sf.Z.F.1a, 1 x K.Z.F.2, 1 x SF14Z(Sf), 1 x EM 0.9 m R

 

Armour

Rolled homogeneous plate, interlocking joints, welded, with a maximum of 80mm thick at 55 degrees at the front hull

 

Communications

Fu 2, Fu 5 radios plus an internal crew communications system. Command version also carried a long range Fu8

 

Crew

5

 

Weight Unladen

44800 kg

 

Weight Laden

45300 kg

 

Length

8860 including gun, 6935 mm hull

 

Width

3270 mm

 

Height

2995 mm

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