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WW2 German Tank Destroyers

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 5/28/2014

German engineers proved adept in developing Tank Destroyers from obsolete combat vehicles, designing all-new types from proven chassis and running gear.

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There are a total of 17 WW2 German Tank Destroyers in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1941
10.5cm K gepanzerte Selbstfahrlafette IVa (Dicker Max)
The 10.5cm K gepanzerte Selbstfahrlafette was a developmental tank destroyer for the German Army in World War 2 that was init...
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1942
12.8 cm Selbstfahrlafette auf VK3001(H) (Sturer Emil)
The battlefields of World War 2 became the domain of the tank within time. The German Blitzkriegs of 1939 and 1940 showcased ...
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1938
AMC-35 (Automitrailleuse de Combat Renault modele 1935) / Renault ACG-1
The AMC-35 (or "Automitrailleuse de Combat Renault modele 1935") served the French and Belgian armies in the early stages of ...
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1939
Hotchkiss H39
The Hotchkiss H39 superseded the H35 series light tanks in French Army service, being produced in more numbers than her forer...
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1943
Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
The Jagdpanzer 38(t) "Hetzer" was developed from the PzKpfW 38(t) light tank which was itself derived from the original Czech...
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1936
SdKfz 121 Panzerkampfwagen II (PzKpfW II) / Panzer 2
While development of the of the Pz.Kpf.W. I (Panzer I) light tank (Sd.Kfz. 121) was still ongoing, the Pz.Kpf.W. II (Panzer I...
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1942
SdKfz 131/132 Marder II (Marten II)
Much like the Marder I before it, the Marder II (Marten II) was a purpose conversion tank destroyer based on an existing tank...
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1942
SdKfz 135 Marder I (Marten I)
After the Fall of France, Germany confiscated several hundred Tractor Blinde 37L (commonly known as "Lorraine Tractors") whic...
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1942
SdKfz 138 Marder III (Marten III)
Marder III systems was yet another hastily modified conversion model of existing Panzer II tank chassis overstock. With the P...
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1943
SdKfz 162 Jagdpanzer IV (Panzerjager 39)
First appearing in 1943, the Jagdpanzer IV was designed in response to a German need for an upgunned artillery vehicle to rep...
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1943
SdKfz 164 Hornisse / Nashorn
The SdKfz 164 came about from the existing weapon carrier vehicle designed to lug the sFH 18 artillery gun. This vehicle was ...
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1943
SdKfz 167 StuG IV
The StuG IV (or Sturmgeschutz IV, SdKfz 167) was a newer approach to the successful StuG III tank destroyer / assault gun lin...
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1944
SdKfz 173 Jagdpanther (Panzerjager V Jagdpanther)
The Jagdpanther was something of the "missing link" to complete battlefield domination for the Germany Army during World War ...
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1943
SdKfz 184 Panzerjager Tiger (P) (Ferdinand / Elephant)
While the Panzer I and Panzer II light tanks were already in circulation within the German Army in the mid-1930s, it became c...
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1944
SdKfz 186 Jagdtiger (Hunting Tiger)
The Jagdtiger ("Hunting Tiger") served as the most powerful armored vehicle of World War 2 and was a further development of t...
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1941
Semovente 90/53
The Semovente 90/53 ("Semovente M.41M da 90/53") is generally regarded as the most powerful of the available tank destroyers ...
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1942
Semovente L.40 da 47/32
The Semovente L.40 da 47/32 served with Italian and German army elements throughout World War 2. Though never noted for their...
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