Even more Hetzer photos!

Here are several views looking down into the hatches. The one on the left is looking straight down into the loader's hatch. The brown square is the leather cushion of his seat. The center photo is looking forward into the interior from the same hatch, showing the driver's seat but with the seat back removed. The right hand picture is looking down into the commander's area. Note that in this picture, the front of the vehicle is toward the bottom of the photo. Also note that the rear portion of the commander's hatch and a maintenance portion which is normally closed is shown raised in this photo.

These photos show more of the interior. The left photo shows the ready ammo racks on the left side of the lower hull. The gray circle is the wooden gunner's seat. The center photo shows a view of the driver's area but with the elevation hand wheel in the center of the photo. The large red button in the lower left portion of the center photo is the piezo-electric emergency firing button. The right hand photo shows the emergency escape hatch in the floor of the hull. Note that the gunner's seat is located on the escape hatch which is released by pulling upward on the lever which runs lengthwise on the hatch.

The photo on the left shows another view of the ready ammo racks. The center photo shows the transmission at the bottom, a portion of the gun mount, and a small bit of the driver's controls. The third photo shows the drive shaft tunnel and the loader's seat from above, looking down into the loader's hatch. The last photo shows all the driver's controls.

The first three photos show the Hetzer that is on display at the National Museum of Military History in Diekirch, Luxembourg. They were taken in 2001 by Andre Flener, who lives in Luxembourg, and were sent to me as contributions to my web page. This particular Hetzer (hull number 20), according to the museum's web page, was built at the end of world war two but never was supplied to the Germans. (This is not entirely truthful, since the hull number shows it to be one of the vehicles produced after the war and delivered to Switzerland in June of 1947.) It was part of the group of 158 sold to Switzerland after the war. (Eight vehicles were completed from German hulls with multidigit hull numbers and 150 new production vehicles bearing hull numbers 01 to 150.) Later, under the designation of Panzerjäger G-13, it was obtained from the Swiss, converted back to wartime German appearance, and placed on display in the museum. Thus, it was a kamerad of the Hetzer I drive at the museum in Texas! The fourth photo is a photograph of the actual Hetzer that the one shown above at the National Museum of Military History is painted to represent. The Hetzer was destroyed in combat by American forces outside the village of Doncols, Luxembourg during the war. Thank you, Andre, for the excellent photos, and for making the special trip to the museums in Bastogne and Diekirch to obtain hull number information!

These two photos, also from Andre, were taken at the Swiss Army Panzermuseum located in Thun, Switzerland. The first photo shows a vehicle which is supposed to be a German wartime Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer. The second photo is of a standard issue Swiss G-13 type Hetzer. I believe that the first vehicle is, in fact, also a Swiss G-13 which has been converted back to wartime German appearance. Notice the parking light on the right corner of the hull. German Hetzers did not have this light, but the Swiss G-13 does have a light in that location.

This grouping of photographs are examples of Hetzers (mostly converted Swiss G-13s) on display in museums around the world. The photos are taken from the website Armored Fighting Vehicles, Jagdtiger.de, and are used with the permission of the webmaster, arranged via Andre Flener. I encourage you to visit the Jagdtiger.de website. It is full of photos of armored vehicles displayed in museums of many countries.

The first three photos show G-13s, unconverted but painted in German paint schemes, on display at the Auto & Technik Museum, Sinsheim, Germany. The next two photos show the somewhat converted G-13 (hull number 126) displayed at the Royal Army Museum in Brussels, Belgium. The next two phots show the converted G-13 (hull number 17) on display at the Bastogne Historical Center in Bastogne, Belgium. The final photo is of a wartime German Hetzer on display at the Russian Armor Museum in Kubinka, Russia.

This photo and caption give some details previously unknown to me. I have seen this photo of the knocked out Hetzer in numerous books but never had any information about it. I recently found out, as indicated in the caption, that the Hetzer was knocked by Private Kenneth Walker, shown in the photo, of Company F, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division in February of 1945. This division was the Infantry Division from Texas (T-Patch) which is featured at our museum in Austin, Texas since the division was a Texas National Guard Division before the war. The photo and caption are from the 36th Infantry Division Association's 2001 calendar! Private Walker knocked out the Hetzer with a bazooka.

The entrance to the Texas Military Forces Museum, home of our Hetzer, located at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas.

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© 29 March, 2001

Richard Gruetzner