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Autore: Alessandro
PE-35125 1/35 Early production model “Hetzer” Jagdpanzer38 t  

PE-35125 1/35 Early production model “Hetzer” Jagdpanzer38 t  

The Hetzer, a famous but improper name to indicate the Jagdpanzer 38(t), was a light tank destroyer of German design and used mainly by the Heer units during the final phases of the Second World War. Based on the hull of the Panzer 38(t), it was built, starting from 1944, in 2,584 units, produced in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia during and in Czechoslovakia after the end of the conflict. After the war it equipped the Československá lidová armáda, the Czechoslovak People’s Army and the Swiss Army.

In March 1943 Heinz Guderian, Inspector General of the German Armored Forces, called for the development of a new light destroyer. The main characteristics were to be: low profile, closed cockpit, good armour. The vehicle was designed using the hull of the Panzer 38(t) tank. Following the successful tests carried out in December 1943, all structures involved in the preparation of the Pz38(t) were ordered to switch to the new vehicle. In April 1944, production began at the Böhmisch-Mährische Maschinenfabrik (BMM) factories in Czechoslovakia; in September of the same year the Škoda factories took over.