4,7 cm Pak(t) L/43,4 (Sfl.) auf Fgst. Pz.Kpfw. 35R 731 (f) (Panzerjäger 35R)

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I would like to suggest the 4,7 cm Pak(t) L/43,4 (Sfl.) auf Fgst. Pz.Kpfw. 35R 731 (f) or short Panzerjäger 35R. It is basically the same as the Panzerjäger I Ausf. B, tho a sidegrade with more armor on the french captured R.35 tank.

In game it would act as a more armored sidegrade to the Pzj. I Ausf. B, with the same gun but more armor (enove to withstand .50 cal from close up and more from range at the cost of low speed (20km/h, slower than Maus, but you can snipe). Which would be a primary sniping tank with a overall quite decent gun.

History:
After the fall of France in 1940, many different French vehicles and Tanks fell into german hands, called Beutepanzer. And as usual such material was either scrapped, used for training, used directly or if it was outdated and/or of low value modified to be something new, such as the R.35 tanks, which were allready outdated at the start of the war, beeing slow, mediocre armored and only armed with the abysmally weak 3,7 cm SA.18. Overall nearly 800 R.35 fell into german hands.
Having allready produced the Panzerjäger I and seen their good performance, a new usage was seen in the R.35 with a similar modification, tho with greater armor (on top of the base 14,5 mm a 10,5mm plate was added, as well as further improvements compared to the Pzj I Ausf. B such as extended open top casemate to the back with sidedoors to have 360° Horizontal protection and storage behind the gun for easy access.

The 4,7 cm Pak (t) L/43,4 was again used as it was seen as one of the most powerfull and fitting guns available, while the 5 cm Pak 38 L/60 was planned, it just didnt fit on the vehicle. With a total of 174 Panzerjäger 35R produced from 1941 they were used on the Eastern Front and Normandy, tho with not as bug of succsess as the Pzj. I Ausf. B, duo beeing very slow and rather unreliable and started to be outgunned compared to other tanks.

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The Gun:
4,7 cm Pak (t) L/43,4 (Sfl.)
84 Rounds, -8 to +12° and +/- 17,5° Horizontally traverse at 12°/sec Traverse speed and 3 sec Reloadspeed.

Ammo:
Pzgr. 36(t) (APC) (No tracer) 1,65kg 15g TnT 775m/s 87mm/10m
Pzgr. 36(t) L’Spur (APC) (with tracer) 1,65kg 15g TnT 775m/s 87mm/10m

Picture of Pzgr. 36(t) (Click to show)

Pzgr. 40 (APCR) 0,83kg 0g Filler 1080m/s 119mm/10m

Picture of Pzgr. 40 (Click to show)

Sprgr. 36(t) (HE) (No tracer) 1,50kg 180g Fp.02 400m/s
Sprgr. 36(t) L’Spur (He) (with tracer) 1,50kg 180g Fp.02 400m/s

Picture of Sprgr. 36(t) (Click to show)

The Hull:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 32 mm (23-61°) Upper plate
32 mm (23°) Driver hatch
25 mm (74°) Front glacis
32 mm (24-26°) Lower plate
32 mm (cylindrical) Lower glacis 40 mm (4-28°) Top
40 mm Bottom 40 mm (12°) Top
40 mm (33°) Bottom 25 mm (16°) Front glacis
25 mm Centre
25 mm (1-6°) Rear
5 mm Engine vents
Superstrucutre 25 mm (30°) 20mm (10°) 20mm n/a

Max Speed: 20km/h / 3km/h
Engine: 82 hp 2200 rpm
Weight: 11 tons

Source:
H.Dv. 481/128 Munition der 4,7 cm Pak (f) L/43,4 (Sfl.)
Panzer Tracts No.7-1
French Infatry Tanks Part II AFV Weapons.

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Boxy but beautiful! +1