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Germany's Geschützwagen 39H(f), GW 39H(f)

Design

The Germans confiscated many French vehicles after the invasion of France in 1940. Since they were outdated many were used in secondary roles or converted into self propelled vehicles. The 75 mm PaK40 and 105 mm leFH18 were mounted on a modified Hotchkiss Modèle 1935, H-39 chassis.2

The engine from the original H-39 was left at the rear of the vehicle.

Production

  • 75 mm PaK: 24 converted1,2
    • Conversion: 19421,2
  • 105 mm leFH18: 48 converted1
    • Conversion: 19421

Variants

  • 75 mm PaK40(Sf) auf Geschützwagen 39H(f), 7.5cm Pak 40 auf GW 39H(f): Had a 75 mm PaK gun installed towards the front.2
  • 105 mm leFH18(Sf) auf Geschützwagen 39H(f), 10.5cm le FH 18 auf GW 39H(f), 10.5cm Panzerhaubitze 18 auf Sfl39H(f): Had a 105 mm leFH18 gun installed.

Usage

Were issued to the 8th Panzerartillerie Abteilung in France and saw action in 1944.

Specifications

  105 mm leFH18(Sf) auf Geschützwagen 39H(f),
75 mm PaK40(Sf) auf Geschützwagen 39H(f)
Crew 41
75: 52
105: 4 - 52
Radio FuG Spr d1
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 75: 12.5 tons1,2
105: 13 tons2
Length  
Height  
Width  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 75 mm PaK40 L/461
OR 105 mm leFH18 L/281
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG341
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 20@30°1
Hull Front, Lower 29-34@30°1
Hull Sides, Upper 20@40°1
Hull Sides, Lower 34@0°1
Hull Rear 10@20°1 & 22@30°1
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom 12@90°1
Superstructure Front 20@30°1
Gun shield: 20@30°1
Superstructure Sides 20@10°1
Superstructure Rear 10@25°1
Superstructure Top Open1,2
Engine (Make / Model) Hotchkiss1
Cylinders 61
Net HP 1201 @ 2,800 rpm1
Transmission  
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 30° left, 30° right1
Speed - Road 36 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 150 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -5° to +22°1
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site