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Germany
15cm sIG Gw 38(t) (Grille)
Ordnance classification - SdKfz 138/1

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The 15cm sIG Gw 38(t) was designed in 1942, manufactured by BMM based on the existing fully tracked Czech 38T and was in use from 1943 to 1945.

Photo of 15cm sIG Gw 38(t) (Grille)
15cm sIG Gw 38(t)(Grille) scale illustration

General Details
Specifications
Operational Date(s)1943 - 1945
Ordnance classificationSdKfz 138/1
Quantity Produced90
Weight11.5 tonne
Crew5
M.G's smalln/a
M.G's large(>10mm)n/a
Length4.69 mtr
Width2.15 mtr
Height2.19 mtr
Engine Details/Performance
Max Road Speed25 mph
Max Cross Country Speed13 mph
Range Road116 miles
Range Cross Country46 miles
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Capacityunknown
Horse Power125 hp
Power/Weight10 hp/tonne
General Information
The 15cm sIG Gw 38(t) was designed in 1942, manufactured by BMM based on the existing fully tracked Czech 38T and was in use from 1943 to 1945.

The vehicle was powered by Praga 'EPA/2' petrol powerplant producing 125 HP which could drive the vehicle on roads at up to 25 mph with a range of about 116 miles before refuelling. Its cross country performance was good providing a max speed of about 13 mph and a range of about 46 miles.

Its main armament consisted of a 15cm sIG 33 L/11 which could penetrate 91 mm of flat plate at 100 metres


Armour Details
Turret
Front15mm@12°(15mm)
Side15mm@12°(15mm)
Rearn/a
Topn/a
Superstructure
Front25mm@12°(26mm)
Side15mm@(15mm)
Rear15mm@10°(15mm)
Topn/a
Hull
Front50mm@15°(52mm)
Side15mm@(15mm)
Rear15mm@16°(16mm)
Top8mm@90°(8mm)
Armour (x)mm @ (y)° (Effective mm @ 0°)
Effective Armour - Maximum 52 mm - Minimum 8 mm




Weapon Details
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15cm sIG 33 L/11
15cm schwere Infanteriegeschutz 33 L/11
(translates as Heavy Artillery)
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History
Standard German army heavy infantry gun originally issued in 1927 was still being produced at the end or the war. This gun was also mounted on a number of motorised chassis such as the 15cm s.I.G 33 Gw II(A,B,C,F).
ManufacturerRheinmetal
Manufactured1927 - 1945
Calibre150mm
LengthL/11
Rate of Fire3rpm
 
Ammunition Details
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Explosive Content
15cm I Gr 33(HE)
150mm 38Kg 240M/Sec 8.300Kg explosive
Maximum Range 4700 Mtr
Range(Mtr)10002000300040005000600070008000
Flight Time(Secs) 4.46 9.62 15.63 22.73 31.25
Burst radius Infantry in open 99% kill6 mtr Burst radius Infantry in open 66% kill12 mtr
Burst radius Infantry in open 33% kill30 mtr  Armour Penetration inc roof at 2 mtr24 mm
An explosion within 6 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 99% casualties - lethal.
An explosion within 12 mtr of infantry in the open will cause > 66% casualties and could damage some AFV's.
An explosion within 30 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 33% casualties.
The blast effect of this shell exploding within 2 mtr of an armoured vehicle will penetrate 24 mm of the tank armour including the roof.


 
15cm I Gr 39 Hl/A(HEAT)
150mm 25Kg 240M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 160mm @ 500mtr/0° ( ≈ 160mm/0°)
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.42 0.84 1.71 3.52
Penetration(mm@30°) 160 160 160 160
Penetration(mm@0°) 160 160 160 160
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 77 22

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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