Jagdpanther 411 (8.8 cm Pak) – Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf. G2

In Detail

February 1945. 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 Jagdpanther were loaded onto a train and dispatched to the front. Among them was Fahrgestell Nr (chassis number) 303086, soon to be lost from sight in the maelstrom of the final days of the Third Reich.

50 years later in 2000, the Foundation purchased two wrecked Jagdpanther 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, England in the 1970s in exchange for an artillery piece. The second Jagdpanther (No.2) had been salvaged from a British range in northern Germany and was in by the far the worse condition.

The first order of business was to establish both Jagdpanther production lineage and then, if possible, their unit histories. An initial survey of Jagdpanther No.1 revealed that the chassis number was unreadable. Jagdpanther No.2 had a chassis number 303 110. 303 being the batch allocated to MNH and 110 - the 110th vehicle off the assembly line.

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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