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Jagdpanzer 38


The Jagdpanzer 38, based on the Pz Kpfw 38 (t) was originally developed as an interim replacement for the Sturmgeschütz III, after the Alkett factory was bombed by the Allies.

Re-designated as a tank destroyer, it was a deadly threat to Allied tanks, thanks to its small size. It was, however, very cramped, and was thinly armoured on its sides and rear.

Technical Details

Jagdpanzer 38
Crew 4
Physical Characteristics
Weight 15.75 t
Length 6.38 m
Width 2.63 m
Height 2.17 m
Armour (max) 60 mm
Speed (max) 42 km/h
Primary weapon 7,5 cm Pak 39 (L/48) (1)
Secondary weapon 7,92 mm MG 34 (1)


Drawing of a Jagdpanzer 38
Frontal view
Top view
Recovery version of the Jagdpanzer 38
Right side

Further Reading


  1. JENTZ, Tom, DOYLE, Hilary & BADROCKE, Mike. Jagdpanzer 38 "Hetzer", 1944-1945. Oxford : Osprey Publishing, 2001. 48 p. ISBN: 1-84176-135-4.