The Jagdpanzer IV, Sd.Kfz. 162, was a tank destroyer based on the Panzer IV chassis built in three main variants
About this creation
The Jagdpanzer IV was developed against the wishes of Heinz Guderian, the inspector general of the Panzertruppen, as a replacement for the StuG III. Guderian objected against the needless diversion of resources from Panzer IV tank production, as the StuG III and StuG IV were still more than adequate for their role.
The Jagdpanzer IV served in the anti-tank sections of Panzer and SS Panzer divisions. They fought in Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and on the Eastern Front. They were very successful tank destroyers but performed badly when used out of role as substitutes for tanks or assault guns, as most tank destroyers were.
Weight 25.8 tonnes
Length 8.5 m
Width 3.17 m
Height 1.85 m
Armor 10 - 80 mm
armament 1x 7.5 cm Pak 42 L/70 w/55 rounds
armament 1x 7.92 mm Maschinengewehr 34 w/600 rounds