Hetzer Tank Details

The Hetzer tank, officially designated the Jagdpanzer 38(t), was a German light tank destroyer of World War II. It was based on a modified Czechoslovakian Panzer 38(t) chassis and featured a powerful 75 mm gun in a fixed casemate on top. The Hetzer provided a cost-effective, mobile, and highly effective platform for anti-tank warfare.

Design and Development

Developed in 1943 and entering service in 1944, the Hetzer's design aimed to produce a more efficient and cheaper alternative to the larger tank destroyers of the time. Its low profile and sloped armor made it a difficult target, while its light weight allowed for excellent mobility.

Armament and Armor

The primary armament was the 75 mm Pak 39 L/48 gun, capable of penetrating most Allied armor at typical combat ranges. Secondary armament consisted of a remote-controlled machine gun mounted on the roof for anti-infantry defense. The Hetzer's armor ranged from 8 mm to 60 mm, providing protection from light and medium anti-tank weapons.

Operational History

Despite its late introduction, the Hetzer proved to be a formidable tank destroyer, participating in both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Its effectiveness, combined with low production costs, made it a valuable asset to the German forces. By the end of the war, over 2,500 units had been produced.


After World War II, the Hetzer continued to see service in various countries. Its design influenced post-war tank development, and it remains a popular subject among military historians and modelers.