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

Design

After the fall of France in 1940 the Germans took over many vehicles, some of which were the FCM Modèle 36.2 These had their turrets removed and hulls modified to place a gun in the chassis with an armored shield built around it.

Production

  • 75 mm PaK40(Sf) auf Geschützwagen FCM(f), 7.5cm Pak 40 auf GW FCM(f): 101,2
    • Converted: 19431,2
  • 105 mm leFH16(Sf) auf Geschützwagen FCM(f), 10.5cm le FH16 auf GW FCM(f): 121, 162
    • Converted: 19421,2

Variants

  • 75 mm PaK40(Sf) auf Geschützwagen FCM(f); 7.5cm Pak 40 auf GW FCM(f): Had 7.5 cm PaK40 L/46 installed on the chassis.
  • 105 mm leFH16(Sf) auf Geschützwagen FCM(f); 10.5cm le FH16 auf GW FCM(f): Had 105 mm leFH16 L/22 installed on the chassis.

Usage

Used to equip Panzer Brigade West. Used in France.

Specifications

  105 mm leFH16(Sf) auf Geschützwagen FCM(f),
75 mm PaK40(Sf) auf Geschützwagen FCM(f)
Crew 3 - 42, 41, 4 - 52
Radio FuG Spr d1
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 12.8 tons1, 13.5 tons2
Length 4.77 m1
Height 2.23 m1
Width 2.1 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 75 mm PaK40 L/461
OR 105 mm leFH16 L/221
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 20@10°1
Hull Front, Lower 40@20°1
Hull Sides, Upper 20@45°1 & 20@10°1
Hull Sides, Lower 20+20@0°1 & 20+20@20°1
Hull Rear 20@65°1 & 401
Hull Top 20@90°1
Hull Bottom 12@90°1
Superstructure Front 20@10°1
Gun shield: 20@10°1
Superstructure Sides 20@25°1
Superstructure Rear 101
Superstructure Top Open1
Engine (Make / Model) Berliet MDP1
Cylinders 41
Net HP 831
Transmission 4 forward, 1 reverse.1
Fuel type Diesel1
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 24 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 225 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
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