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On the shortcomings of the "tank destroyer" "Hetzer" from one of the commanders of self-propelled guns

On the shortcomings of the "tank destroyer" "Hetzer" from one of the commanders of self-propelled guns

During the Second World War, Czech manufacturers made a significant contribution to equipping the Third Reich with military equipment. It was the Czechoslovak designers and engineers who in many respects provided the needs of Nazi Germany in armored vehicles.

One of the machines of the Czech industry deserves special attention: self-propelled artillery fighter class tanks "Hetzer" ("Huntsman"). It was developed in the years 1943-1944 by the Czechoslovak BMM and was intended primarily for the acquisition of anti-tank units of cavalry and infantry divisions.

In close combat, as well as in operations from an ambush, the Hetzer was a serious adversary. However, this car also had flaws (for example, cramped interior space and weak side armor), which crew members were well aware of.

In this video, one of the Hetzer commanders, based on his personal experience, will talk about the characteristic shortcomings of this machine, on which he went through the crucible of hostilities. His opinion is purely subjective and is not the ultimate truth, but still worthy of attention.

It is worth adding that the Hetzer was also exploited after the defeat of the Third Reich - right up to the start of the 1970's.
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  1. Boris00
    Boris00 11 December 2019 09: 32
    Any armored vehicles always have disadvantages, as well as advantages! But virtues should outweigh.
  2. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 11 December 2019 09: 34
    When I saw him live and even touched my arm in the Museum of the Polish Army in Warsaw, I was generally surprised at how four people fit in it! Visually, the object is very small. Consequently, tightness is guaranteed.
  3. Zliy_mod
    Zliy_mod 11 December 2019 09: 37
    I read somewhere: The Czechs did not in vain treat our soldiers with beer in 45g. To make amends, they worked conscientiously for the Reich the whole war from bell to bell.
    1. Alien From
      Alien From 11 December 2019 09: 45
      I don’t know how about beer, but the fact that they gladly gear the Nazi dives, an absolute fact!
      1. Alien From
        Alien From 12 December 2019 02: 13
        Why did the freaks squeamish ????
    2. evgic
      evgic 11 December 2019 09: 48
      Well, you're wrong. They resisted very much, and even for some time they all came to work in black shirts, as a sign of disobedience. The Germans were so upset, they couldn’t eat already)))).
    3. max702
      max702 11 December 2019 09: 54
      30% of all armaments of fascist Germany ... And not one case of sabotage! Cattle worked hard ..
      Another brothers Slavs ..
      1. eagle owl
        eagle owl 11 December 2019 13: 22
        But now the victory in the war is celebrated shockingly ... How - how, then, they defeated Hitler. yeah! And with them, all sorts of French defeated him.
      2. tatarin1972
        tatarin1972 11 December 2019 14: 55
        Their whole protest was that the workers went to work in black shirts. Does it remind you of anything ?! the full-time mentality of Europeans was already being watched. Now their descendants are wearing skirts, protesting violence against women by refugees from the Middle East.
    4. Kosty
      Kosty 18 December 2019 10: 32
      There was no mass resistance, such is Europe. But all under one comb ... Remember the episode with the Czech-Russian dictionary, which was found in an unexploded bomb, which German planes dropped on the roof of the Moscow Pedagogical Institute. And the designer of the Czech VMM tank plant Alexei Surin, who was engaged in sabotage?
  4. Bolo
    Bolo 11 December 2019 11: 57
    Thank you, kind hardworking Czechs, I’m just sorry for you, the freaks haven’t been crushed into minced meat with this wonderful product!
    1. Alien From
      Alien From 12 December 2019 02: 16
      Czechs are a priori enemies of Russia! Do not watch publications with signs ........
  5. NF68
    NF68 11 December 2019 17: 01
    Forced decision in the absence of time and resources. Using a proven and tested chassis.
    1. svp67
      svp67 11 December 2019 20: 53
      Quote: NF68
      Forced decision in the absence of time and resources. Using a proven and tested chassis.

      And with all the shortcomings, more technically successful and massive than our ZIS-30

      And it’s worth strongly regretting that in the series in 1943 the SU-57b did not go
      1. Zliy_mod
        Zliy_mod 11 December 2019 23: 36
        It looks like the chassis of a captured German T-3 tank.
        1. svp67
          svp67 12 December 2019 04: 03
          Quote: Zliy_mod
          It looks like the chassis of a captured German T-3 tank.

          No. Used elements of the chassis t-70m,

          this self-propelled gun, like its "sister" with a 76,2 mm gun,

          SU-76D for a long time competed in the competition with what we now know as SU-76.

          Recognized the layout, with a far protruding barrel is not very successful, although, for me, it's really different in purpose
        2. NF68
          NF68 12 December 2019 16: 30
          Quote: Zliy_mod
          It looks like the chassis of a captured German T-3 tank.

          PC-3 has 6 track rollers.
  6. eleronn
    eleronn 12 December 2019 21: 40
    If this one "... of the commanders of the Hetzer ..." survived, then there can be no talk of any crucible of hostilities.
  7. Krasnodar
    Krasnodar 12 December 2019 23: 46
    In WOT, a good machine for its level)))
  8. meandr51
    meandr51 27 December 2019 13: 41
    By the way, they built their weapons factories on the Russian gold reserve, which was stolen in Siberia in 1918 during the rebellion of the Czechoslovak Corps.
    It is not clear why there is still not a single lawsuit on this subject.
  9. Crimea26
    Crimea26 11 January 2020 13: 18
    Although the machine and uncomfortable, but in the battles - proved to be dangerous. In addition, the Germans knew about the shortcomings, the E-10 and E-25 did not just appear. And if the E-10 needed to be rated as technically too complicated for a bug of this size, then the E-25 was perfect.

    I still do not understand what prevented the rear (overmotor) sheet from being made - horizontal, flush with the roof ??? it was possible to get an extra volume for the motor group, and slightly ease the crew conditions ...