UM Tank Hunter Sd.Kfz. 138 Marder IIIMilitary Kits : Ground Armor : Self-Propelled Guns
- For Ages: 14+
- Assembly: Requires Glue
- Availability: In Stock
- Price: $19.76
Item DescriptionThe Marder III is the name for a series of World War II German tank destroyers built on the chassis of the Panzer 38(t). The next variant of the Marder III fielded the standard 7.5 cm PaK 40 German anti-tank gun on a slightly modified Panzer 38(t) Ausf. H chassis. This chassis had the engine still in the rear of the vehicle but, unlike the previous model, this vehicle utilized the fighting compartment of Panzer 38 in the center. Center compartment allowed crew to stay low in the center of the vehicle, lowering crew exposure to small arms fire and fragments. But because of the rear-mounted engine, there was only enough room for two men to stand in the center. Large side armors gave additional protection for the crew. However, the horseshoe shape armor thinly protected front and side only. The rear and the top were exposed. Thirty-eight rounds of ammunition for the gun were carried. As with the Sd.Kfz.139, this vehicle also carried a 7.92 mm machine gun in the hull, of Czech manufacture.
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