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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/34 851(i), Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/46 852(i)

Design

When the Italian government surrendered to the Allies the Germans confiscated many of their weapons or took over the factories.

Production

  • Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/34 851(i): 29
  • Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/46 852(i): 11
  • Production: 1944 - 1945

Specifications

  Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/34 851(i),
Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 75/46 852(i)
Crew 3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 16 tons
Length 5.97 m
Height 1.74 m
Width 2.45 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 75 mm StuK 75/34(i) L/34
OR 75 mm StuK 75/46(i) L/46
Secondary  
MG 8 mm MG38(i)
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 43
Secondary  
MG 864
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 25@20°+75@0°
Mantlet: 50 round
Hull Front, Lower 50@55°
Hull Sides, Upper 15@0°+45@15°
Hull Sides, Lower 15+25@0°
Hull Rear 25@0° & 25@13.5°
Hull Top 15@86° & 15@90°
Hull Bottom 15@90°
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) 15 TB
Cylinders V-8
Net HP 185@2,400 rpm
Transmission 5 forward, 1 reverse.
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 18° left, 18° right
Speed - Road 38 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 180 km
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -10° to +20°
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
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site