Practice shows that processes in the army that flow slowly tend to rapidly accelerate after the first combat engagements. This observation applies to the German SPG program. The Germans began working on these vehicles in the second half of the 1920s, but achieved very little by the start of the Second World War. This was in part due to unrealistic expectations, particularly in the case of tank destroyers. The Germans army dreamed of high speed tank destroyers with a fully rotating turret on a halftrack chassis. Such vehicles were even built, but only as prototypes and small production batches. As a result, the Germans quickly had to build tank destroyers out of whatever was available after the war began.
|Vehicles of the 128th Tank Destroyer Battalion. The vehicle in the front is the best known conversion of a Pz.Kpfw.II tank carrying a 50 mm Pak 38 gun.
|The crew consisted of 4 men, 3 of which were in the fighting compartment.
|It is likely that only one vehicle was built in this specific configuration.
|The fighting compartment of the 5 cm Pak 38 auf Fg.St. Pz.Kpfw.II. The ready rack is located on the right.
|Extra plates were welded to the right of the gun.
|Ammunition storage on the engine deck.
|A front line improvisation in all its glory.
|The simplest way to convert a Pz.Kpfw.II tank into a tank destroyer.