Jagdpanzer IV/48

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General info

The Jagdpanzer IV in the garage.

The Jagdpanzer IV is a rank III German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 4.7. It was introduced in during the Closed Beta Test for Ground Forces before Update 1.41.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

As with every German tank destroyer getting flanked, will usually result in death. The only true way to use this tank to its ultimate advantage is to stay as far away from the battle as possible and stay perched high up. If you do find yourself at close range, protect your flanks, hide while reloading and DON'T MISS.

A very effective tactic is to move to the corner of a building, preferably facing down a road or area that the enemy will likely frequent. You can then peek around the corner, your frontal armour will be angled, but your rear and side armour will not be exposed to the enemy. This makes you very difficult to kill. Most enemy rounds will bounce, or cause minimal damage.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very comfortable to drive thanks to the fair acceleration & top speed
  • Excellent gun traverse arc to each sides gives the ability to shot while having your tank angled
  • Low profile, not an easy target at long ranges
  • Frontal armour is well sloped

Cons:

  • Vulnerable sides
  • Prone to ammo rack detonation
  • Small vehicle, if you get penetrated, all the crew can be knocked out in one hit.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 7.5 cm PaK 39 L/48 cannon (79 Rounds)
1 x 7.92 mm MG 42 machine gun (1,200 Rounds)

Main armament

1 x 7.5 cm PaK 39 L/48 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 79 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 4.8°/s (Stock), 6.6°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 7.5 cm PaK 39 L/48 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 79 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 4.8°/s (Stock), 5.6°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 7.5 cm PaK 39 L/48 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 79 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 4.8°/s (Stock), 5.6°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 7.6s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
PzGr 39 136 135 123 109 97 86 APCBC 750 6.8 1.3 15.0 +4° 42° 27° 19°
PzGr 40 177 176 154 130 109 92 APCR 930 4.2 N/A N/A +1.5° 24° 22° 18°
Hl.Gr. 38B 80 80 80 80 80 80 HEAT 450 4.4 0.0 0.1 +0° 28° 21° 17°
Sprgr. 34 12 12 12 12 12 12 HE 570 5.7 0.4 0.1 +0° 11° 10°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Jagdpanzer IV.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
8th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
79 70 (+9) 60 (+19) 50 (+29) 40 (+39) 30 (+49) 20 (+59) 10 (+69) (+78) yes

Secondary armament

1 x 7.92 mm MG 42 machine gun (hull-mounted)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 20 mm (84°), 60 + 15 mm (47°) Front glacis
50 mm (55°) Lower glacis
30 mm 22 mm (5-16°) 20 mm
Superstructure 60 mm (50°) Front
75 + 80 mm (17-63°) Gun mantlet
30 mm (29°) 30 mm (31°) 20 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Entire front armor is sloped, not flat like on previous StuG tank destroyers, and has no prominent weak spot
  • Front hull armor has attached spare tracks on it, adding 20 mm of armor
  • Able to use Add-on Armour module, which would add tracks on the superstructure front and parts of the side hull.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 24.0 ton (+ 0.5t Add-on Armour)

Max Speed: 43 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 426 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.75 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 525 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 21.87 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 24.0 ton (+ 0.5t Add-on Armour)

Max Speed: 40 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 265 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.04 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 300 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 12.50 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 24.0 ton (+ 0.5t Add-on Armour)

Max Speed: 40 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 265 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.04 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 300 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 12.50 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Development

In September 1942, the Wehrmacht arms bureau called for a new type of assault vehicles. The specifications listed was 100 mm front armor, 40-50 mm on the sides, wide tracks, top speed of 26 km/h, ground clearance of 50 cm, and a very low firing position. The design was to be armed with the 75 mm Pak 42 mounted on the Panther tanks. Though this project was originally conceived over a completely new chassis, the Panzer IV was chosen to be used instead. The design was to have a low silhouette and an enclosed casemate fighting compartment after experiences with the Marder IIIs showed that such features were necessary for a successful fighting vehicle.

The Panzer IV chassis was converted into the Jagdpanzer IV, which featured new designs to the original. The utilization of the Panzer IV chassis was met with much criticism by General Heinz Guderian, who saw the diverting of Panzer IV tank resources as unnecessary since the current assault gun StuG III was more than adequate in the role and Germany still needed reliable tanks that it could use. The vertical front hull armor was replaced with large sloped armor plates, ammunition and fuel were moved to accommodate the new superstructure design, and the auxiliary engine that once powered the Panzer IV turret was removed. The superstructure had 80 mm thick sloping armor that gives it an effective 100 mm thick. To simplify the production of this vehicle, the superstructure was essentially made of large interlocking plates that are welded together. The vehicle had a crew of four, the commander, gunner, loader, and driver. The vehicle was armed with a 75 mm gun, though originally suppose to be the one from the Panther, shortages forced the mounting of older guns such as the 75 mm Pak 39 L/48 cannon, which were less powerful than the Panther's PaK 42, but were still lethal. Due to the different gun mounts, three main variants were produced from the Jagdpanzer IV, the original Jagdpanzer IV (with the 75 mm Pak 39 L/48 cannon), the Panzer IV/70 (V), and the Panzer IV/70 (A) (Both of which have the 75 mm Pak 42 L/70 cannon).

The Jagdpanzer IV, mounting the 75 mm Pak 39, was designed and produced by Vomag. It was produced from January to November 1944 with about 769 units produced. The early version had a muzzle brake and zimmerit anti-magnetic paste added to the vehicle. However, the muzzle brake was removed as it kicks up large amount of dust from the ground that obscures the gunner's sights so that was removed, and the zimmerit was also removed after September 1944 due to rumors that they were causing vehicle fires. Other modifications were made to the design over time, but the biggest change in its production was the addition of Schürzen side armor plates.

Combat usage

The Jagdpanzer IV (the name was interchangeable between all of its variants) was first issued on March 1944 and was employed in anti-tank role in the Western and Eastern Front. The Jagdpanzer IV participated in the Normandy Campaign, Battle of the Bulge, and the Soviet Offensives on the Eastern Front. Their overall performance was very successful as tank destroyers and only sub-par in other roles that are usually taken by tanks or assault guns, as the high-velocity 75 mm cannon it mounts were unsuitable for anti-infantry and fortification purposes. However, they were soon put in positions of tanks due to shortages of capable fighting vehicles in German inventory. One of the popular Jagdpanzer IV aces was SS-Oberscharführer Rudolf Roy who was attached to the 12th SS Tank Destroyer Battlion. He was killed while looking out of his Jagdpanzer IV hatch during the Battle of the Bulge.

After World War II ended, the Jagdpanzer IV's design still saw service with the German Bundeswehr as the Kanonenjagdpanzer, which has nearly same design as the Jagdpanzer IV, but most notably with a 90 mm gun. Some captured Jagdpanzer IVs were given out by the Soviet Union to Romania and Syria, but Romania scrapped all the German armor by 1954 and Syria used them in conflicts against Israel until 1967.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the Jagdpanzer IV series from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-der.png Jagdpanzer IV
Nation Germany
Type Tank destroyer
Rank 3
Battle Rating 4.7

   Metric✓       Imperial   

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Characteristics
Weight
24,000 kg
52,911 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
60/30/22/20 mm
2.36/1.18/0.87/0.79 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
426 hp
265 hp
265 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
525 hp
300 hp
300 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
17.75
18.03
11.04
11.22
11.04
11.22
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
21.87
22.23
12.50
12.70
12.50
12.70
Max speed
43 km/h
27.0 mph
40 km/h
24.9 mph
40 km/h
24.9 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 75 mm PaK 39 L/48 Cannon
Ammo stowage 79 rounds
Vertical guidance -5°/15°
Horizontal guidance -20°/20°
Secondary Weapon
1 x MG 42 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 1,200 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Vertical guidance -3°/4°
Horizontal guidance -5°/5°
Economy
Required RP 40,000 RP
Vehicle cost 150,000 SL
Crew training cost 43,000 SL
Max repair cost*
2,180 SL
2,380 SL
2,770 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
1d 15h
2d 11h
2d 22h
Free repair time (Upgraded)
13h 06m
19h 40m
23h 36m
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