Military Factory logo
Icon of F-15 Eagle military combat fighter aircraft
Icon of Abrams Main Battle Tank
Icon of navy warships
Icon of AK-47 assault rifle
HOME
LAND SYSTEMS
COUNTRIES
MANUFACTURERS
WORLD WAR 2
X-TANK


5cm PaK auf Pz.Kpfw.II Sonderfahrgestell 901


Tank Destroyer Prototype Vehicle


The Pz.Sfl.Ic tank destroyer combined the Pak 36 anti-tank gun with the chassis of the proven Panzer II tank series - only two pilot vehicles were produced.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 9/28/2018
National Flag Graphic

Specifications


Year: 1941
Manufacturer(s): Rheinmetall-Borsig - Nazi Germany
Production: 2
Capabilities: Anti-Tank/Anti-Armor;
Crew: 4
Length: 15.26 ft (4.65 m)
Width: 7.55 ft (2.3 m)
Height: 6.73 ft (2.05 m)
Weight: 12 tons (10,500 kg); 23,149 lb
Power: 1 x Maybach HL66 gasoline-fueled engine developing 188 horsepower.
Speed: 37 mph (60 kph)
Range: 124 miles (200 km)
Operators: Nazi Germany (cancelled)
Seeking to shore up its self-propelled, tank-destroying needs as the war progressed in its favor, the German Army once again turned to Rheinmetall-Borsig (of Dusseldorf) this time to develop a lightweight vehicle to suit the requirement. The contract arrived in July of 1940 by which point northern France and the Low Countries has all fallen to the German war machine. Rheinmetall used the chassis of the proven Panzer II light tank as a starting point and the equally-proven 5cm (50mm) Kanone I/60 (PaK 36) anti-tank gun was selected as primary armament.

The resulting vehicle was a low-profile, compact form relying heavily on the inherent capabilities of the Panzer II chassis. A four-man crew would operate the various systems of the vehicle. The gun was seated within a superstructure atop the hull. The driver retained his position at the front of the hull with the engine installed at the rear of the vehicle. The track-and-wheel arrangement featured the usual German overlapping roadwheels and the front-mounted drive sprocket. The track idler was seated at rear and no track return rollers were used. Combat weight was 10,500 kilograms and armor protection reached up to 30mm along the frontal facings. Power was from a single Maybach HL66 engine of 188 horsepower (upgraded from the originally suggested HL45 of 150 horsepower). Road speeds could reach 60 kmh.

The vehicle's formal designation became Panzerselbstfahrlafette 1c 5cm PaK 38 auf Panzerkampwagen II Sonderfahrgestell 901 (abbreviated as "Pz.Sfl. Ic").

Rheinmetall was able to complete two pilot vehicles and these were assigned as active components to the 559th Tank Destroyer Battalion where they were trialled along the East Front. From this exposure was to come a production count of 2,000 vehicles but, for one reason or another, the design never entered production.






Armament



1 x 5cm (50mm) Kanone I/60 (PaK 36) anti-tank gun.

Ammunition:
Not Available.

Variants / Models



• 5cm PaK auf Pz.Kpfw. II Sonderfahrgestell 901 (Pz.Sfl. Ic) - Base Series Designation.
• Panzerselbstfahrlafette 1c 5cm PaK 38 auf Panzerkampwagen II Sonderfahrgestell 901 - Alternative designation.
Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies  |  Site Map

www.MilitaryFactory.com. Site content ©2003- MilitaryFactory.com, All Rights Reserved.

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, and WDMMA.org, the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft.


Facebook Logo YouTube Logo