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Steyr Panzerjager-Treibwagen (Tank Destroyer Car)

Armored Rail-Cruiser Car

Nazi Germany | 1944

"The Steyr Panzerjager-Treibwagen only existed in three completed forms by the end of the war in 1945 - none saw combat as they arrived much too late in the conflict."

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Since the days of the American Civil War (1861-1865) the armored train concept has been a part of the modern battlefield - perhaps not as much today as it had been in decades past. Regardless the vehicles offered a mixed bag of results, providing useful armor protection to its operating crew and bringing to bear considerable firepower - the major drawback being the vehicle's limited to an existing railway network of a given country.

World War 2 (1939-1945) continued in the use of such weapon systems and, in late-1943, Steyr-Daimler-Puch was commissioned to design, develop and construct a collection of these steel-clad beasts brimming with armament for the purpose of policing, reconnoitering and defending strategic positions across Europe (along the established railway system of course). One of the entries into the family of these armored trains became the "Panzerjager-Treibwagen".

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The Panzerjager-Treibwagen was described as a "tank destroyer car" and its configuration did not disappoint. The long, rigid single-piece metal body sat atop a wheeled railcar chassis and featured angled sides for basic ballistics protection. Various areas were fitted with vision ports and machine gun slots for local awareness as well as hatches for crew entry/exit. At midships was a raised cupola structure bookended by turreted platforms. The complete turrets of the PzKpfW IV Ausf. H series medium tank were installed at either end of the car providing considerable on-call firepower against line-of-sight targets (High-Explosive or Armor-Piercing shells could be used, depending on the target in the crosshairs). Machine guns were fixed about the design to provide protection against infantry and soft-skinned vehicles. In many ways this railcar mimicked the capabilities of a battleship offering a full broadside of two potent guns if the vehicle could be angled "just right" along its track set.

Construction of what was to become a fleet of five such armored train cars began in December of 1944 by which point the situation for Germany had deteriorated to the point that it now fought an exclusively defensive-minded war. However, only three of the series were ever completed and these arrived much too late in the war to be put to use.

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Power & Performance
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Installed Power
The physical qualities of the Steyr Panzerjager-Treibwagen (Tank Destroyer Car) Armored Rail-Cruiser Car.
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Steyr Panzerjager-Treibwagen (Tank Destroyer Car) Armored Rail-Cruiser Car.
2 x 75mm (7.5cm) KwK 40 L/43 main guns ( in 2 x PzKpfW IV Ausf H turrets).
10 x 7.92mm MG34 machine guns (estimated)
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Nightvision - NONE.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - NONE.
Notable series variants as part of the Steyr Panzerjager-Treibwagen (Tank Destroyer Car) family line.
Panzerjager-Treibwagen - Base class designation; five units planned though only three completed by war's end; units #51 to #55 planned.
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Total Production: 3 Units

Contractor(s): Steyr-Daimler-Puch - Austria
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