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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Geschützwagen B2(f), GW B2(f)

Design

In March 1941 it was decided to convert sixteen Char B1 bis tanks into self propelled guns that would support the Flammwagens.

The GWB2(f) had an 10.5cm le FH 18/3 placed in a forward compartment built on the Char B1 bis.2

Production

  • 105 mm leFH18/3 (Sf) auf Geschützwagen B-2(f): 16 converted1
    • Conversion: 19421
    • Manufacturer: Rheinmetall-Borsig1

Variants

  • 105 mm leFH18/3 (Sf) auf Geschützwagen B-2(f), 10.5cm le FH 18/3 (Sf) auf GWB2 (f): 105 mm leFH 18/3 installed.

Usage

The GW B2(f) were issued to units in 1942.2

Issued to Panzerartillerie detachments in France.

Specifications

  105 mm leFH18/3 (Sf) auf Geschützwagen B-2(f)
Crew 41, 52
Radio FuG Sprf1
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 32 tons2, 32.5 tons1
Length 7.5 m1
Height 3.05 m1
Width 2.52 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 105 mm leFH18/31
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 421
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 60@20°1
Hull Front, Lower 60@45°1
Hull Sides, Upper 60@0°1
Hull Sides, Lower 60@0°1
Hull Rear 55@0°1 & 55@43°1
Hull Top 25@80°1 & 25@90°1
Hull Bottom 20@90°1
Turret Front 20@8°1
Gun shield: 20@8°1
Turret Sides 20@15°1
Turret Rear 20@8°1
Turret Top Open1
Engine (Make / Model) Renault1
Cylinders 61
Net HP 3001 @ 1,900 rpm1
Transmission 5 forward, 1 reverse.1
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 15° left, 15° right.1
Speed - Road 28 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 150 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -4° to +20°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