Jagdpanzer 38

By Christian Ankerstjerne

Experiences

The following document is from a report by the Generalinspektuer der Panzertruppen (inspector general for the armored forces). No information is given in regards to which units were interviewed for the report.

Field Experiences With the Pz.Jg.38(t). Status as of 1 August 1944

Tactical

  • Powerful weapon system of light weight and favorable angling, the command of which is good due to the radio.
  • Well-suited as an anti-tank weapon in the direct support of infantry assaults, a role in which is has already been proven. One company has destroyed 20 tank, while the frontal armor held up against fire from Russian 76.2 mm anti-tank guns.
  • Currently too slow for use with fully-motorized units.

Technical

  • The crews have confidence in the vehicle despite teething problems that are yet to be fixed.
  • Can travel over long distances without technical problems if driven gently.
  • Suggested improvements: More powerful engine, as the current cross-country speed is too low. Improved reserve drive, as the current one is not powerful enough.
  • Essential spare parts must be supplied in sufficient numbers. Currently, there is a large spare part deficiency.

Production

Production numbers for the Jagdpanzer 38.
Month BMM Production Škoda Production Total
1944
March 3 0 3
April 20 0 20
May 50 0 50
June 100 0 100
July 100 10 110
August 150 20 170
September 190 30 220
October 133 57 190
November 298 89 387
December 223 104 327
1945
January 289 145 434
February 273 125 398
March 148 153 301
April 70 47 117
Total 2047 780 2827

Technical Information

Technical details of the Jagdpanzer 38.
Jagdpanzer 38
Crew
Crew
  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
Physical Characteristics
Weight 16 t
Length 6.27 m
Width 2.63 m
Height 2.10 m
Firing height 1.40 m
Ground pressure 0.85 kg/cm²
Armor
Hull, front 60 mm
Hull, sides and rear 20 mm
Hull, top 8 mm
Hull, bottom 10 mm
Performance
Maximum speed 40 km/h
Road speed 25-30 km/h
Cross-country speed 15 km/h
Maximum grade 25°
Trench crossing 1.30 m
Vertical obstacle 65 cm
Fording depth 0.90 m
Fuel capacity 320 l
Mileage (road) 1.77 l/km
Mileage (cross-country) 2.46 l/km
Cruising range 180 km
Cross-country range 130 km
Engine
Make and model Praga AC
Type Water cooled
Cylinders 6
Displacement 7750 cc
Fuel Gasoline
Max. governed speed 2600 rpm
Net h.p. 150
Armament
Main weapon 7,5 cm Pak 39 L/48
Secondary weapon 7,92 mm M G 34
Auxillary weapon 9 mm M P
Ammunition Storage
Main weapon 7,5 cm: 41
Secondary weapon 7,92 mm: 600
Auxillary weapon 9 mm: 192

Additional Reading

Web Links

Pz Kpfw 38 (t)
Information about the Panzerkampfwagen 38 (t).

Books

Sources

  1. Der Generalinspekteur der Panzertruppen. Führervortrag am 10.8.44. Berlin : Der Generalinspektuer der Panzertruppen, 1944. 12 p. Nr. 2380/44 g.Kdos..
  2. JENTZ, Thomas L. & DOYLE, Hilary Louis. Panzer Tracts No. 9 - Jagdpanzer : Jagdpanzer 38 to Jagdtiger. Darlington, MD : Darlington Productions, 1997. 60 p. ISBN 0-9648793-3-6.
  3. JENTZ, Thomas L., DOYLE, Hilary Louis & BADROCKE, Mike. New Vanguard 36 - Jagdpanzer 38 "Hetzer" 1944-1945. Oxford : Osprey Publishing, 2001. p. .