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

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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



Total Manufactured



Model Type

8.8cm Panzerjager


Sd Kfz Number




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.



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


Air Filter

Oil bath design by Knecht K.-G.



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



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



Road wheels, steel dish with moulded solid rubber tyres



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



MAN multi-geared



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



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



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



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



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



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



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





Weight Unladen

44800 kg


Weight Laden

45300 kg



8860 including gun, 6935 mm hull



3270 mm



2995 mm


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