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Monday, May 11, 2015

Effective but Controversial

Behold the awe inspiring firepower of the Jagdpanzer IV/70, armed with the same gun as a Panther medium tank, but built as a tank destroyer. Heavily armored with a low profile making it harder to hit. These were some of the best tank destroyers the Germans ever developed, serving throughout the European theater, from the Russian front to Normandie.

jagdpanzer iv

Yet, like most tank destroyers they were not versatile vehicles. They were no substitute for real tanks due to their limited traverse guns, and were not suited to the role filled by the StuG III and IV, due to their massive size. This lack of versatility is what made the IV/70 a controversial choice for the German armored forces. While a good tank destroyer was needed, it was felt by some that production of the more flexible and proven Panzer IV should take priority over this new untested design. Even with the personal objection of Heinz Guderian the IV/70 would go into production.

Official production began in 1942, with about 2000 vehicles being produced through 1945. And now you can field your own Panzer IV/70 on the fields of Heroes of Normandie, with the PDF file below.

Jagdpanzer IV/70 2015 PDF