4.7cm PaK(t) (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf B tank destroyer

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The 4.7cm PaK(t) (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf B was the first tracked tank destroyer to be produced in Germany. It was created by removing the turret from an obsolete Panzer I Ausf B light tank and replacing it with a mounting for a 4.7cm Czech anti-tank gun. This gun was protected by on three sides by a 14.5mm armoured gun shield, but was open at the rear. Eighty six rounds of anti-tank ammunition were carried. The gun had a very limited degree field of fire – 17.5 degrees to either side of the forward position. 

4.7cm PaK(t) (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf B tank destroyerThis vehicle was also known as the Panzerjäger I (tank hunter), and was the first of a long series of similar conversions. A total of 202 Panzerjäger Is were produced between March 1940 and February 1941. It entered service in time to take part in the German invasion of France and the Low Countries in May 1940, serving with the Tank-Hunter Detachment of the German 5th Army (5 Heeres Pz Jäg Abt). It also saw service in North Africa and on the Eastern Front. Like the Panzer I itself, the Panzerjager I was too lightly armoured to be effective by 1941.

Number produced

202

Produced

1940-1941

Hull Length

4.42m/ 14.5ft

Hull Width

2.06m/ 6.8ft

Height

2.25m/ 7.39ft

Crew

3

Weight

6.4 tons

Engine

Maybach NL38TR

Horsepower

100

Max Speed

24.8 mph/ 40km/h

Max Range

87 miles/ 140km

Armament

One 4.7cm PaK(t) L/43.4 gun


Armour

Front

Side

Rear

Top/ Bottom

Superstructure

13mm/ 0.5in

13mm/ 0.5in

13mm/ 0.5in

6mm/ 0.23in

Hull

13mm/ 0.5in

13mm/ 0.5in

13mm/ 0.5in

6mm/ 0.23in

Gun shield

14.5mm/

14.5mm

Open

Open

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (30 November 2007), 4.7cm PaK(t) (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf B tank destroyer , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_panzerjager_I.html

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