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Panzerjäger I

Summary
The Panzerjäger I ("English: tank hunter number 1") was the first German tank destroyer to see service in the Second World War. All mounted the Czech Škoda-built 4.7 cm KPÚV vz. 38 (German designation "4.7 cm Pak (t)") antitank gun on a converted Panzer I Ausf. B chassis. It was intended to counter heavy French tanks like the Char B1 bis that were beyond the capabilities of the 3.7 cm Pak 36 anti-tank gun and extended the life of the obsolete Panzer I chassis. A total of 202 Panzer I chassis were converted to Panzerjäger I standard in 1940–41, and were employed in the Battle of France, in the North Africa Campaign and on the Eastern Front. Design and production The Panzer I turret was removed and a fixed gun shield added to protect the armament and crew. The antitank gun was mounted on a pedestal in the fighting compartment after wheels, axle and trails were removed, but retained its original gun shield. It normally carried 74 antitank and 10 HE shells. Alkett and contracto
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