Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer

13 days ago
Please activate the English subtitles if you do not understand German. Ich bin schon mal vor vielen Jahren auf einem Panzer mitgefahren (M113), aber ein ...

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Hi everyone and welcome to my Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer video.
This is actually a Swiss Panzerjäger G13, but it was re-converted into a Jagdpanzer 38 by an reenactor from Illinois.
During my vacation in the USA i had the opportunity to have a closer look at the vehicle.
This was made possible with the help of Mark and Adam, thank you very much for that guys.
Before we take a detailed look at this gem of a vehicle i´d like to say a few things about the development history and the technical data of the vehicle.
The development of this like tank hunter started in 1943, the first production vehicles were delivered in March 1944.
The design went back to using some reliable components of the Panzerkampfwagen 38(t),
but many parts were not the same, despite similar appearence.
The wheels of the Jagdpanzer 38 were larger, the tracks were widened,
The suspension got reinforced, the engine was improved and the lower hull had an entirely different shape.
The armor of the upper hull was sloped in every side, which allowed for decent protection, despite the only 60mm thick front armor plate.
The side armor was only 20mm thick, which was not enough despite the good ballistic shape.
The combat weight was about 15 tons,
so the vehicle was relatively easy to move around with its 160HP engine.
This was of big importance here in particular, because one had to turn the entire vehicle in order to aim the gun.
The gun traverse was minimal, 11° to the right and only 5° to the left.
The main armament of the Jagdpanzer 38 was a 7,5cm PaK 39 L/48 with 41 shells on board.
The gun could deal with most enemy tanks.
The secondary armament was a MG 34, which was mounted on a pod on the roof and could be turned 360°, while being operated from inside the crew compartment.
The Jagdpanzer 38 was manufactured by BMM and Škoda.
Until March 1945 2584 vehicles were built.
With the downfall of the war industry taken into consideration, this is quite a number.
After the Second World War this tank hunter was still built in Czechoslovakia for a couple of years.
Switzerland purchased 158 vehicles and kept them in service, with some modifications, until the early 1970s.
Most of the Jagdpanzer 38 vehicles you can see in museums or are owned by collectors are former vehicles of the Swiss Army.
Originals from WW2 are very rare.
Let´s have a look at the interior of the Jagdpanzer 38.
Here i am standing over the hatch of the commander.
Best way to access the vehicle is via a small step on the rear of the hull, then you climb up the engine deck towards the roof.
Thats why the paintwork suffered here quite a bit.
We model builders can find quite a lot of inspiration here.
Here the view inside through the hatch of the other crewmen.
The gun cuts the interior into two sections, because of that the commander is separated.
A few bits and pieces are missing in the interior, but you get a nice impression of the limited space people had to deal with here.
Here the 7,5cm PaK 39 up close, of course it is deactivated.
Adam took a seat at the driver position. It is easier for him, because he is smaller than me.
I squeezed myself in there as well. Thats all the driver can see through his visor.
Below we have some instruments and of course all the pedals and levers for driving.
I think it is time now to fire up the engine.
Not as bad as i thought. The engine is not original though.
It is nice to sit on the roof of the tank hunter.
The tarmac suffered a bit when the vehicle turned around.
Dismounting is fairly easy. You just slide down the front armor plate.
Let´s have a look at a few details on the vehicle.
Seeing the dirt and dust deposits will be certainly helpful for the next tank model.
The leaking oul there, and how it mixes with the dirt, is interesting as well.
Note the bare metal on the bearing surfaces of the tracks.
There is also bare metal on the inner surface of the tracks.
More leaking oil.
The constant embarking and disembarking has its toll on the paintwork of the front armor plate.
The weld seam and the Notek light in detail.
There is quite a lot of bare metal visible all over the vehicle, it is interesting how it barely rusts.
Only the exhaust corrodes quite a lot due to the intense heat of the exhaust fumes.
If you always wanted to know how it sounds when a tank with its brakes engaged tries to move forward, listen closely.
Second attempt, maybe it works better this time.
Now the tank gets parked again between the trees of the front yard.
I really enjoyed the ride in the Hetzer tank and i hope you found this video informative and entertaining.
Mark has my greatest respect for all the work and time he put into this piece of living history. I hope he can enjoy it for many years to come.
Apart from that i want to thank Adam Mann for organizing this and for accommodating me during my visit. It made my vacation very pleasant.
Thats it again, see you again in the next video, your Hamilkar Barkas.