Aufklärungspanzer 38(t) mit 7.5cm KwK38 L/24

Photo from Czechoslovak Armored Fighting Vehicles 1918- 1948

The photo above is of the only prototype of the Aufklärungspanzer 38 with the 7.5cm gun (Gerät 564) completed before the end of the war. Several different armaments were considered for this vehicle (which shares the same general configuration with the 2cm armed Aufklärer auf Panzerkampfwagen 38(t)) including the 2cm FLAK 38 (Gerät 563),the 2cm KwK Zwilling (Gerät 585),and one with the 12cm mortar GraW42 (Gerät 586). A similar vehicle on the 38(d) chassis was to carred the 7.5cm AK7 gun.

As with all vehicles of this class, the vehicle would be used for recon purposes only. The light armor and open-topped compartment would have made any direct firefight undesirable at best, suicidal at worst.

Aufklärer auf Panzerkampfwagen 38(t)
Crew: 4 Armament: One 7.5cm KwK L/24 + one 7.92mm MG42
Weight: 9.75 tons Traverse: 360o (hand)
Length: 4.51 meters Elevation: -4o +70o
Width: 2.14 meters Engine: Praga EPA/2
Height: 2.17 meters Gearbox: 5 forward, 1 reverse
Radio: FuG12 Speed: 42 km/hr


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