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Old May 31, 2010, 10:57 PM   #1
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this JgPz 38(t) Hetzer gave a demonstration at the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, WA, today... drove a few yards, fired its gun, and generally played the crowd-pleaser. this gives a good idea what the wee beastie looked like, and how big it is... or isn't, as the case may be! the Hetzer was actually quite small as WWII German tank destroyers went, and had rather light armor, but it was quite effective when properly employed. 5D, 24-135, various settings...



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Thanks for sharing. Looked at the steel treads of the vehicle's track and wondered how they managed to drive it without gouging the pavement then I saw the steel plates on the pavement.

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Very nice shots.
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Thanks for sharing. Looked at the steel treads of the vehicle's track and wondered how they managed to drive it without gouging the pavement then I saw the steel plates on the pavement.

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those are actually hard rubber mats they laid down just for this exhibit...
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Not as big as the king tiger or the modern mbt.
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Not as big as the king tiger or the modern mbt.
no, much smaller than even a T-34. the Hetzer weighed less than 16 tons - the King Tiger was 68 tons. the Hetzer was intended to lie in ambush, and was never intended to slug it out with MBTs. it had a 75mm L/48 gun, the same as used in the late-model Panzer IV's, but its fromtal armor was only 60mm, though the slope gave it the effectiveness of twice that. the chassis was derived from an early-war Czech-made light tank, the PzKpfw 38(t).
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I remember at Ft. Knox checking out the big jagdpanzer type IV, that was a big boy compare to it's little brother.
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I remember at Ft. Knox checking out the big jagdpanzer type IV, that was a big boy compare to it's little brother.
yeah, the jagdpanzer IV was quite a bit bigger, built on a PzKpfw IV chassis. the real "big boys" were the jagdpanthers and jagdtigers - but there weren't many of those, and the ones that were made were sent almost exvlusively to the eastern front to try to defeat the KV-1 and KV-2 Soviet heavy tanks, as well as the newer T-34's and JSU's.
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those are actually hard rubber mats they laid down just for this exhibit...
Thanks for the info.

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