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Germany's Panzerjäger I; 4.7 cm PAK (T) (SF1) Auf PzKpfw I Ausf B, SdKfz 101; 4.7cm Pak(t) Sfl auf PzKpfw I Ausf B; Panzerjäger I für 4.7cm Pak (t)

Design

Since the Wehrmacht only had towed anti-tank weapons it was decided to make them more mobile by mounting them on outdated chassis.3 Initially a 37 mm gun was mounted but it was inadequate and a 4.7 cm Czech gun was used.3

Had shield in front and rear was open.3 Used PzKpfw I Ausf B chassis and a Czechoslovakian 4.7cm L/43 anti tank gun.7

Ammunition Type Weight Velocity Range ° Penetration
AP6 3.7 lb6 2,540'/s6      
HE6     5,687 yd6    

Production

  • Panzerjäger I, 4.7cm Pak(t) auf PzKpfw IB: 1323, 2021,2
    • Production: 1940 - 1943, March 1940 - January 19411
    • Converted: March 1940 - February 19412
    • Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz2, Skoda2, Alkett3,6

Usage

The Panzerjäger became operational in 1940 and was the first self propelled anti tank gun in the Heer.7

First saw service in France, and then in North Africa3,4 and Russia3,4. They were deployed to anti-tank battalions of infantry divisions.5

After newer vehicles replaced them on the front lines many were sent to Balkans.3

There were 132 still in units in July 1941.

Specifications

  Panzerjäger I,
4.7cm Pak(t) auf PzKpfw IB
Crew Driver, gunner(2)3
31,2,3,6,7
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 13,228 lb3
6 tons7, 6.4 tons2, 6.3 tons1, 8.4 tons6
6,000 kg3, 6,400 kg1
Length w/gun 13' 7"3, 14.5'6, 14' 6"1
4.14 m3, 4.42 m1,2
Height 6' 10.7"3, 7.3'6, 7' 3.8"1
2.1 m3, 2.25 m1,2
Width 6.6'6, 6' 7.25"3, 6' 9.1"1
2.013 m3, 2.06 m1,2
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 11.6"6
Ground contact length 94.5"6
Ground pressure 8.1 psi6
Armament  
Main 47 mm1,3
47 mm Pak(t) L/43.42
47 mm Pak 36(t) L/435
47 mm L/43 (Czech)6,7
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 743, 866
86 Patr2
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 14.51
Front: 0.51"6
Side: 0.51"6
Hull Front, Upper 13@22°2
Hull Front, Lower 13@27°2
Hull Sides, Upper 13@22°2
Hull Sides, Lower 13@0°2
Hull Rear 13@0°2 & 13@17°2
Hull Top 6@90°2
Hull Bottom 6@90°2
Superstructure Front 14.5@27°2
Superstructure Sides 14.5@27°2
Superstructure Rear open2
Superstructure Top open2
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach NL 383
Maybach NL 38 TR1,2,6
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water6
Cylinders I-66, 63
Capacity  
Net HP 1003
100@3,000 rpm6
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio 6.7:16
Transmission (Type) Sliding pinion, ZF FG 31
Aphon FG31 with synchromesh6
5 forward, 1 reverse2,6
Steering Clutch brake6
Steering ratio  
Starter Hand and electric6
Electrical system 12-volt6
Ignition Magneto6
Fuel (Type) Gasoline3,6
Octane  
Quantity 39 gallons6
148 liters
Road consumption 2.2 mpg6
100 km/105 liters
Cross country consumption 1.5 mpg6
Performance  
Traverse 15°6
17.5° left and right2, hand2
Speed - Road 25 mph6, 24.8 mph1,3
40 kph1,2,3
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 87 miles1,3,6
140 km1,2,3
Range - Cross Country 59 miles6
Turning radius  
Elevation limits +12° to -8°2,6
Fording depth 23.6"6, 2'3
0.6 m3
Trench crossing 4.6'6, 4' 7"3
1.4 m3
Vertical obstacle 14.6"3,6
3.7 m3
Climbing ability 30° (57%) slope6
Suspension (Type) Independent
Front wheel attached to arm working against coil spring, remaining wheels with 1/4 elliptic spring6
Wheels each side 56
Return rollers each side 4
Tracks (Type) Dry pin6
Length  
Width 11"6
28 cm
Diameter  
Number of links 1006
Pitch 3.6"6
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 5.5'6
1.68 m

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  3. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  4. Tanks - Over 250 of the World's Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles, Chris Chant, 2004
  5. German Tanks of World War II, Dr. S. Hart & Dr. R. Hart, 1998
  6. Tank Data, Aberdeen Proving Grounds Series, 1968?
  7. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
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