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8.8cm Leichter Einheitswaffenträger Self-Propelled Gun

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Towards the end of the war the Jagdpanzer 38(t) chassis was planned to be developed to form the basis of a new light standard armoured vehicle, to be known as the Jagdpanzer 38(d) where ‘d’ stands for deutsch (German). This vehicle was to be powered by a new Tatra 12-cylinder diesel engine and had new sprocket and idler wheels but was otherwise similar in appearance to the Jagdpanzer 38(t). There were originally to be two versions of the chassis; the W1807 with rear-mounted engine and the W1806 with centre-mounted engine.
When the original range of Waffenträger vehicles had been planned in 1942 the use of the 38(t) chassis (and later 38(d) chassis) had been considered. The PzKpfw IV was to be replaced by the PzKpfw III/IV chassis, which was used as the basis for a number of Waffenträger designs. However, in the autumn of 1944 the production of the PzKpfw III/IV was cancelled. Hitler ordered that any new designs would be based on the 38(t) and 38(d). To provide the basis for a range of Waffenträger vehicles the PzKpfw 38(d) chassis was used with some alterations in its layout. The engine was moved all the way to the front next to the driver so that the rear part of the hull could be used as a platform for mounting the main armament.
Two models were planned for production; the mittlerer Waffenträger or Krupp I with six roadwheels per side and the smaller leichter Waffenträger or Krupp II with four roadwheels per side. The leichter Waffenträger was to mount either the 10.5cm leFH 18/40/5 or the 15cm sIG 33/2.

Model Id:570
Manufacture:Rheinmetall-Borsig AG, Dusseldorf, Germany (Manufacturer of Ardelt prototype)

1) Kubinka NIIBT Research Collection - Foreign Vehicles, Kubinka, Russia

Number of Photos: 2
Sample Photo from Album Number 277

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Unique ID: 277
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This is the third Ardelt prototype. It was successfully tested at Hillersleben on 27 April 1945, and may have still been there when it was captured by the Soviets.