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Germany
10.5cm le.F.H 18/2 Gw II(A,B,C,F) (Wespe)
Ordnance classification - SdKfz 124

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The 10.5cm le.F.H 18/2 Gw II(A,B,C,F) was designed in 1942, manufactured by FAMO based on the existing fully tracked PzKpfw II and was in use from 1943 to 1945.

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Photo of 10.5cm le.F.H 18/2 Gw II(A,B,C,F) (Wespe)
10.5cm le.F.H 18/2 Gw II(A,B,C,F)(Wespe) scale illustration

General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1943 - 1945
Ordnance classificationSdKfz 124
Quantity Produced676
Weight11 tonne
Crew5
M.G's small1
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
Length4.81 mtr
Width2.28 mtr
Height2.30 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed25 mph
Max Cross Country Speed12 mph
Range Road138 miles
Range Cross Country55 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacityunknown
Horse Power140 hp
Power/Weight12 hp/tonne
General Information
The 10.5cm le.F.H 18/2 Gw II(A,B,C,F) was designed in 1942, manufactured by FAMO based on the existing fully tracked PzKpfw II and was in use from 1943 to 1945.

The vehicle was powered by Maybach 'HL62TR' petrol powerplant producing 140 HP which could drive the vehicle on roads at up to 25 mph with a range of about 138 miles before refuelling. Its cross country performance was good providing a max speed of about 12 mph and a range of about 55 miles.

It was armed with 1 light machine gun. Its main armament consisted of a 10.5cm le.F.H 18/2 L/26 which could penetrate 150 mm of flat plate at 100 metres

Slightly lengthened Panzer II chassis with the engine moved forward with a number of redesigns over the Panzer II. This was a very successful design and was used in most theatres of war.

Armour Details
Turret
Frontn/a
Siden/a
Rearn/a
Topn/a
Superstructure
Front20mm@30°(23mm)
Side15mm@20°(16mm)
Rear8mm@10°(8mm)
Top10mm@90°(10mm)
Hull
Front30mm@15°(31mm)
Side15mm@(15mm)
Rear15mm@10°(15mm)
Top9mm@90°(9mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 31 mm - Minimum 9 mm



Weapon Details
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10.5cm le.F.H 18/2 L/26 Blank
Manufactured1935 - 1945
Calibre105mm
LengthL/26
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Explosive Content
AP
(AP Armor Piercing)
105mm 15.1Kg 700M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 106mm@100m/90deg
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.14 0.29 0.59 1.24 1.94 2.7 3.53 4.44
Penetration(mm@30°) 129 120 110 98 88 77 67 58
Penetration(mm@0°) 150 139 128 114 102 89 78 67
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 93 69 41 22 15

Hit probability is based on a static 2 x 2.4 metre panel at 0 degrees(vertical) at the range specified.

The data that has been used to create these records has come from Wikipedia, The Lone Sentry, The Bundes Archive and numerous books and websites that have provided the detailed information that has not been available anywhere else. The information we use to calculate the penetration tables, flight times and the hit probability comes from the Gun Calibre, the Shell Mass(Kg) and the muzzle velocity, plus range reductions to allow for gravity and wind resistance. This calculation originally came from a pre-war Krupp calculation which has been modified, and seems to fit the actual test results.

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