7.5cm PaK.40(Sf) auf GW 39H (f)

In 1942, German authorities began the conversion of two dozen Hotchkiss H.39 light tanks, captured from the French after their defeat, into tank destroyers. The chassis of these tanks were used as the basis for the “7.5cm PaK.40 (Sf) auf Geschützwagen 39H (f)” model, which was fitted with an armored superstructure of greater thickness than the one mounted on the most extended “7.5cm PaK.40 / 1 auf Geschützwagen Lorraine Schlepper (f), (Sd Kfz.135)”. The gun chosen was the reliable and powerful 75mm PaK.40, able to penetrate 97mm of steel at a maximum distance of 1Km, and vastly used within the German Army. It is one of the most unusual German tank destroyers and served in units deployed in France excclusively.

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Country of origin

Germany

Builder

Converted by Germany from french captured Hotchkiss H.39 light tanks

Type

Tank destroyer

Entered service

1942

Crew

4

Combat weight

12,500 kg

Armour, (maximum)

Steel: Hull front: 34mm – Hull side: 34mm – Hull rear: 22mm – Gun shield: 20mm
Steel: Superstructure front: 20mm – Superstructure side: 20mm – Superstructure rear: 10mm

Power plant

1 x Hotchkiss, 120 hp

Speed

36 km/h

Range

150 km

Armament

1 x 75/46mm PaK.40 L/46 gun + 1 x 7.92mm MG.34 machine gun

Production

24