Marder (7.62cm) Tank-Hunter Platoon
includes four resin and metal Marder (7.62cm) Tank-hunters and one Unit card.
Faced with Russian tanks that their own tanks could not easily penetrate, the Germans hastily mounted captured Russian guns on obsolete Panzer 38(t) tank chassis. These effective tank-hunters quickly found their way to the desert where their ability as long-range tank killers was appreciated.
The Marder (7.62cm)
The Marder (7.62cm) was the Germans' quick answer to the Soviets' heavily armoured KV and T-34 Tanks encountered in 1941 during operation Barbarossa. During the mass panic that was the initial Russian response to the German invasion, the German forces captured large numbers of 76.2mm field guns. The Wehrmacht soon put these to use in the anti-tank role, first as the PaK 36(r) after re-chambering to take the PaK 40 round.
It was then decided to mount the PaK 36(r), on the Panzer 38(t) chassis as a self-propelled gun. The Panzer 38(t) was becoming obsolete by late 1941 and was considered too slow to be used as a reconnaissance vehicle. So it happaned that a former Czech tank was mated with an ex-Soviet field gun, proving itself a potent anti-tank weapon.
The first Marder (7.62cm) prototype was built in December 1941, but it was not until April 1942 that full production was started, with 363 eventually being produced.
The Marder served mainly on the Russian front in Panzerjäger detachments, but it saw its first combat in North Africa at the battle of El Alamein, the first six units being directly attached to the Afrika Korps HQ. A total of 66 were sent to Africa from May 1942 to November 1942.
Marder (7.62cm) (x4)
Marder (7.62cm) Tank-hunter Platoon (x1)
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