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Since the Wehrmacht only had towed anti-tank weapons it was decided to make them more mobile by mounting them on outdated chassis.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

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

Ammunition Type Weight Velocity Range ° Penetration
AP 3.7 lb 2,540'/s      
HE     5,687 yd    

Production

  • Panzerjäger I, 4.7cm Pak(t) auf PzKpfw IB: 132, 202
    • Production: 1940 - 1943, March 1940 - January 1941
    • Converted: March 1940 - February 1941
    • Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz, Skoda, Alkett

Usage

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

First saw service in France, and then in North Africa and Russia. They were deployed to anti-tank battalions of infantry divisions.

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

There were 132 still in units in July 1941.

Specifications

  Panzerjäger I,
4.7cm Pak(t) auf PzKpfw IB
Crew Driver, gunner(2)
3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 13,228 lb
6 tons, 6.4 tons, 6.3 tons, 8.4 tons
6,000 kg, 6,400 kg
Length w/gun 13' 7", 14.5', 14' 6"
4.14 m, 4.42 m
Height 6' 10.7", 7.3', 7' 3.8"
2.1 m, 2.25 m
Width 6.6', 6' 7.25", 6' 9.1"
2.013 m, 2.06 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 11.6"
Ground contact length 94.5"
Ground pressure 8.1 psi
Armament  
Main 47 mm
47 mm Pak(t) L/43.4
47 mm Pak 36(t) L/43
47 mm L/43 (Czech)
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 74, 86
86 Patr
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 14.5
Front: 0.51"
Side: 0.51"
Hull Front, Upper 13@22°
Hull Front, Lower 13@27°
Hull Sides, Upper 13@22°
Hull Sides, Lower 13@0°
Hull Rear 13@0° & 13@17°
Hull Top 6@90°
Hull Bottom 6@90°
Superstructure Front 14.5@27°
Superstructure Sides 14.5@27°
Superstructure Rear open
Superstructure Top open
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach NL 38
Maybach NL 38 TR
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water
Cylinders I-6, 6
Capacity  
Net HP 100
100@3,000 rpm
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio 6.7:1
Transmission (Type) Sliding pinion, ZF FG 31
Aphon FG31 with synchromesh
5 forward, 1 reverse
Steering Clutch brake
Steering ratio  
Starter Hand and electric
Electrical system 12-volt
Ignition Magneto
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity 39 gallons
148 liters
Road consumption 2.2 mpg
100 km/105 liters
Cross country consumption 1.5 mpg
Performance  
Traverse 15°
17.5° left and right, hand
Speed - Road 25 mph, 24.8 mph
40 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 87 miles
140 km
Range - Cross Country 59 miles
Turning radius  
Elevation limits +12° to -8°
Fording depth 23.6", 2'
0.6 m
Trench crossing 4.6', 4' 7"
1.4 m
Vertical obstacle 14.6"
3.7 m
Climbing ability 30° (57%) slope
Suspension (Type) Independent
Front wheel attached to arm working against coil spring, remaining wheels with 1/4 elliptic spring
Wheels each side 5
Return rollers each side 4
Tracks (Type) Dry pin
Length  
Width 11"
28 cm
Diameter  
Number of links 100
Pitch 3.6"
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 5.5'
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
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