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"German 150-mm Self-Propelled Gun" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following brief report on the German 150-mm self-propelled gun mounted on a Panzer II chassis was originally printed in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 22, April 8, 1943.

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The Germans have at least three types of 150-mm self-propelled guns. One is mounted on the chassis of a German Pz.Kw. 1 and has a high three-sided shield. Another is mounted on a French tracked-chassis (see Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 12, p. 15). The third type has already been described in some detail in Tactical and Technical Trends (No. 8, p. 28, and No. 13, p. 6). Photographs of the latter are now available and are the basis of the accompanying sketch.

The sketch shows that the gun is mounted on what is apparently an adaptation of a German Pz.Kw. 2 chassis; the standard Pz.Kw. 2 chassis has 5 bogie wheels, whereas the mount for this 150-mm gun has 6 bogie wheels. Otherwise the mount appears similar to the usual Pz.Kw. 2 chassis, It was previously reported that the maximum elevation for this weapon was 30 degrees; in the sketch the gun is elevated to an angle of about 70 degrees, but whether it can be fired from this position is not known. Presumably, radio communication is installed, as there is a rod-type aerial on the left hand side of the superstructure.

[German 150-mm Self-Propelled Gun on Panzer II Chassis (15 cm sIG 33 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II)]


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