In 1941 while invading the USSR the German generals realized that their tanks were no
match for the new Soviet T34 and KV-1. While new German tanks were being developed
and existing tanks upgraded there was a need for a stopgap vehicle. This would be the
Marder III Tank Destroyer (English – Marder means Marten) based on the chassis of the
Czechoslovak Panzer 38(t) and produced in 3 variants, Sd.Kfz.139, Ausf.H, Sd.Kfz.138
and Ausf.M, Sd.Kfz.138. These Tank Destroyers saw action on all battlefronts.


After some German units reported being close enough to Moscow they could see the
Kremlin, the winter of 1941 – 1942 halted the German advance and the great Soviet
winter offensive was able to push German forces back to the west where the Germans
set up a defensive front in the area of Karmanowo. The 2nd Panzer Division fought many
battles including at Klin, Karmanowo, Bjeloje and the Rzhev Salient where they suffered
severe losses. The German forces managed to remain in the area throughout 1942 but
they paid a heavy price.



Specifications - Sd.Kfz.139 Marder III Tank Destroyer

Country of origin – Germany

Number built - 363

Crew – 4, Driver, Radio Operator, Gunner, Commander

Performance
Engine - Praga EPA 6-cylinder producing 125 hp or Praga EPA/2 6-cylinder producing
140 hp
Fuel - 218 litres
Range
On road -185 km
Cross-Country – 140 km
Speed – 42 km/h

Dimensions
Length – 5.85 m
Width – 2.16 m
Height – 2.50 m

Weight – 10,670 kg

Armor – 10 to 50 mm

Armament
(1) 76.2 mm Pak 36(r) L/51 main gun with 30 rounds
(1) 7.92 mm MG37(t) with 1,200 rounds
Hobby Master 1/72 Ground Power Series
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German Tank Destroyer Marder III
near the village of Karmanowo, Summer 1942
Authentic Detailing
Pre-Painted by professionals
Accurate paint colors
Markings Tampo (pad) applied
Fully Assembled
Die-Cast Model
True to Scale (1:72)
Weathering and insignias
Main gun can elevate
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