World War II Vehicles, Tanks and Airplanes, picture of P-51 Mustang
World War II Vehicles, Tanks and Airplanes, picture of T-34/85
World War II Vehicles, Tanks and Airplanes, picture of Fw-190
World War II Vehicles, Tanks and Airplanes, picture of Churchill
wwiivehicles.com ©2016
Search:
German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Geschützwagen-Lorraine Schlepper(f), GWLrS(f)

Design

In May 1942, Hitler ordered that 40 Lorraine Schlepper chassis be converted to mount a 15cm sFH for use in North Africa. The superstructure came from Alkett and assembly was done in Paris.3 In July 78 more were made available and Keitel ordered 30 to be fitted with the 15cm SFH at Krefeld while the remainder were to become Panzerjäger and 15cm sFH. In May 1942, 60 10.5cm leFH18/4 were ordered to be mounted on the Lorraine Schlepper, but only 12 were completed.

The 150 mm had a range of 9,432 yards.2 The 90 lb HE shell had a muzzle velocity of 1,250'/sec.2

Conversion

The rear suspension was strengthened to handle the placement of a gun mount in the cargo area.3 A spade was place in the rear of the 15cm FH13 conversion to assist in stabilizing the vehicle when it fired.3

Production

  • Lorraine Schlepper 15 cm FH13: 941, 1024
    • Production: July 19421, 1942 - ?4
  • Lorraine Schlepper 10.5cm FH18 conversions: 1942: 121, 244
  • Assembled by Alfred Becker1 of Krefeld, Alkett2
  • Chassis #s: 731001-1

Variants

  • 10.5cm le FH 18 auf GW Lorraine Schlepper (f): Had 10.5 cm howitzer placed at rear of chassis.4
  • Geschützwagen-Lorraine für 15 cm S.F.H. 13, SdKfz 135/1; 15cm sFH 13 Selbstfahrlafette Lorraine SdKfz 135/1; 15cm sFH 13 auf GWLrS(f): 15cm sFH 13 installed in a armored superstructure at the rear of the tank.4 A spade, at the rear of the vehicle, was lowered when firing.4

Usage

Afrika Korps

Ten Lorraine Schlepper 15cm FH13s were issued to Panzerartillerie Abteilung of the 21st Panzer Division in North Africa in July 1942.3 Eleven were issued to the 15th Panzer Division.3 Used at the Battle of El Alemein.2 By November 1942 all had been destroyed or captured.3

Northwest Europe

There were 54 15cm FH13s and 37 10.5cm FH18s were in service on June 6, 1944, on the Western Front.3

Specifications

  sFH 13/1 auf Lorraine Schlepper SdKfz 135/1
Crew 41,2,5
Radio FuG Spr f1
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 8.36 tons4, 8.49 tons1, 9.4 tons2
Length 15.7'2
5.31 m1
Height 7.2'2
2.23 m1
Width 6.1'2
1.83 m1
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 11.8"2
Ground contact length 108"2
Ground pressure 9.2 psi2
Armament  
Main 150 mm S.F.H. 13, L/172
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 82
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) Front: 0.4"2
Side: 0.4"2
Hull Front, Upper 9@35°1
Hull Front, Lower 12@round1
Hull Sides, Upper 9@10° & 9@35°1
Hull Sides, Lower 9@0°1
Hull Rear 9@11°1 & 9@36°1
Hull Top 6@90°1
Hull Bottom 5@90°1
Superstructure Front 10@8°1
gun shield: 10@8°1
Superstructure Sides 9@12°1
Superstructure Rear 7@12°1
Superstructure Top Open1
Engine (Make / Model) DelaHaye 103 TT1
De la Haye2
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water2
Cylinders 61, I-62
Capacity  
Net HP 70@2,800 rpm1
702
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse.1,2
Mechanical with crash type manually operated gearbox2
Steering Clutch brake, controlled differential2
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline2
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 5° left, 5° right.1, ±7°2
Speed - Road 22 mph2
34 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 84 miles2
135 km1
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -0° to +40°1,2
Fording depth 33.5"2
Trench crossing 5.9'2
Vertical obstacle 22"2
Climbing ability 24° (45%) slope2
Suspension (Type) Pairs of road wheels sprung on semi-elliptic springs2
Wheels each side 12x2, 62
Return rollers each side 3, 42
Tracks (Type) Dry pin2
Length  
Width 9.5" (shoe 8.5")2
Diameter  
Number of links 1092
Pitch 3.25"2
Tire tread Rubber
Track centers/tread  
  Lorraine Schlepper 15cm FH13
Crew 43
Radio FuG Spr f1
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 8.5 tons3
8,636 kg3
Length 17' 5"3
5.31 m3
Height 7' 4"3
2.23 m3
Width 6'3
1.83 m3
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 5.91" sFH13/13
150 mm sFH13/13
150 mm sFH13/1 L/171
Secondary  
MG 1: 0.312" MG343
1: 7.92 mm MG343
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 81
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 103
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Delahaye3
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 63
Capacity  
Net HP 703
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline3
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 22 mph3
35 kph3
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 84 miles3
135 km3
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  
  Lorraine Schlepper 10.5cm FH18
Crew 44
Radio FuG Spr f1
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 8.5 tons4
Length  
Height  
Width  
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 10.5cm le FH 184
105 mm leFH18/40 L/281
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 201
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. Tank Data, Aberdeen Proving Grounds Series, 1968?
  3. World Encyclopedia of Armored Fighting Vehicles, Jack Livesey, 2006
  4. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site