Jagdpanzer IV L/48 and L/70, by K Mucha

Jagdpanzer IV L/48 and L/70, by K Mucha

Published by Kagero in 2019, 20 pages. Large A4 size Booklet (N7242)

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The main booklet is illustrated throughout with detailed line drawings showing plans of the vehicle, and also includes 4 pages colour drawings showing individual profiles of tanks with different designs and camoflauge. All captions and text is in both English and Polish.

From the introduction: Jagdpanzer IV was a German tank destroyer based on the Pz.Kpfw. IV chassis. It was designed as a modified development version of the StuG. Ill, which was a main self propelled gun in Panzerwaffe. The vehicle was based on the chassis and hull of the Pz.Kpfw. IV. Two front armoured plates (50-60 mm) were formed as a sharp wedge. Due to the typical absence of the turret, according the tank destroyers, the layout of interior of the hull was also different. This mainly concerned fuel tanks, ammunition stands, as well as the location of the evacuation hatch.

A gun, driver's visor and two MG 42 machine guns were installed in the front, pitched plate. The lateral armour was 30 mm thick (later the frontal ar­mour was thickened to 80 mm and the lateral to 40 mm). A large number of vehicles also received a side screens. Many vehicles were coated with anti­ magnetic paste, the so-called Zimmerit. The vehicles were intended primarily for tank destroyers units. They were also used in several armoured brigades and assault guns brigades.

Jagdpanzer IV was produced in two basic variants, differing in used ar­mament. Jagdpanzer IV L/48 was armed with a 7.5 cm PaK 39 L/48 gun. This version was produced from January to November 1944 at the Vomag plant in Plauen. The second version was called Jagdpanzer IV L/70 and was produced in two factories, which was also associated with a few minor construction differ­ences. They were: Jagdpanzer IV70 (V) (Vomag plant) and Jagdpanzer IV70 (A) (Alkett plant). Both variants had the same designation: Sd.Kfz.162/1. Destroyers were armed with a tank version of the PaK 42 L/70 cal 7.5 cm gun. Initially, both types were produced in Vomag in parallel, but after increas­ing the supply of PaK 42 L/70 guns, the production of Jagdpanzers IV was sus­pended (in November 1944). Production continued until April 1945, despite heavy allied air raids on the Vomag plant.