Panzer Selbstfahrlafette I für 7.62cm PaK36(r) auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf D

The 7.62cm PaK36(r) auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf D was an early and successful attempt to mount an anti-tank gun on a tank chassis. On 20 December 1941 the Alkett subsidiary of Rheinmetall-Borsig was ordered to mount a captured Russian 7.62cm anti-tank gun on the chassis of the Panzer II Ausf D.

They achieved this by constructing a tall fighting compartment on the back of the existing fuselage, mounting the anti-tank gun on top of this compartment. This was protected by 14.5mm front and side armour, but had an open top and rear. The gun could traverse through 50 degrees, but was hand powered.

The full title of this variant was the Panzer Selbstfahrlafette I für 7.62cm PaK36(r) auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf D, which translates as the Armoured self-propelled gun carriage 1 for 7.62cm PaK36(r) on the chassis of a Panzer II model D. This is normally abbreviated to the 7.62cm PaK(r) auf Fgst Pz Kpfw II (Sf) or even just to the 7.62cm PaK(r) (Sf).

A total of 201 of 7.62cm PaK(r) auf Fgst Pz Kpfw II (Sf)s were converted from the Panzer II Ausf D and E and the Flammpanzer II between April 1942 and June 1943.

The 7.62cm PaK(r) (Sf) was used by the Panzerjäger (tank hunter) units of the Panzer divisions and Panzer-Grenadier divisions between April 1942 and early 1944, mostly on the Russian Front. It was withdrawn when more powerful alternatives became available.

Number produced

201 converted

Alternative names

LaS 762

Produced

April 1942-June 1943

Hull Length

5.65m

Hull Width

2.3m

Height

2.6m

Crew

4

Weight

11.5 tons

Engine

Maybach HL62TRM

Horsepower

140

Max Speed

55 km/hr

Max Range

220 km

Armament

One 7.62cm PaK36 L/51.5
One 7.92mm MG 34


Armour

Front

Side

Rear

Top/ Bottom

Superstructure

30mm 

14.5mm

14.5mm

open

Hull

30mm 

14.5mm

14.5mm

5mm

Gun shield

14.5mm

14.5mm

open

open

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (22 February 2008), Panzer Selbstfahrlafette I für 7.62cm PaK36(t) auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf D , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_7_62_PaK36T.html

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