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Self-Propelled Artillery

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After the Panzer arm had been created it was soon realised that the artillery also needed, to be able to keep up with the panzers and so the idea of self-propelled artillery came about. Of course the Germans were able to utilise the tank chassis which were obsolete as main battle tanks. Their weaknesse was mainly related to survivability. The combination of a high silhouette and open top armour protection which was quite thin made them vulnerable to enemy tanks and to close range machine gun fire.

Gallery:

Hummel Sd.Kfz. 165 picture 2
15 cm le.FH. 18/2 auf Fgst Panzer II (Sf) Wespe Sd.Kfz. 124 picture 3
15 cm s.I.G 33/2 (Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer picture 4
15 cm s.I.G. 33 (Sf) auf Panzer 38(t) Ausf. H Grille Sd.Kfz. 138/1 picture 5
15 cm s.I.G. 33 (Sf)  auf Panzer 38(t) Ausf. M Grille Sd.Kfz. 138/1 picture 6
15 cm s.I.G. 33 (Sf) auf Panzer 38(t) Ausf. K Grille Sd.Kfz. 138/1 picture 7

Sources:

German Military Vehicles.
ISBN-10: 087349783X

Armoured Fighting Vehicles of Germany World War II.
ISBN-10: 0214203077

Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World Two.
ISBN-10: 1854095188

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