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G20_Marder_II (Stock)

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Totals
42000 Price
165 Hit Points
10.94 / 11 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
35/14.5/14.5Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
8/0/4Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
130 h.p.Engine Power
40 km/hSpeed Limit
34 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
115 Standard Shell Damage
96 mmStandard Shell Penetration
5 Reload Time
44 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
360 mView Range
265 mSignal Range
III
Marder II
42000
A total of 576 of these vehicles were built from June 1942 through June 1943. In addition, 75 PzKpfw II were converted to the Marder II in 1944. These tank destroyers fought on all fronts until the end of the war.

The Marder II is a German Tier III Tank Destroyer.

The Marder II was developed in response to Germany's first encounters with the T-34 and KV tanks that the Soviet Union fielded in the early stages of the German invasion of Russia. The Marder II was converted from existing Panzer II chassis, with a total of 852 produced between early 1942 and early 1944.

Boasting great penetration and damage with it's guns at the expense of armor and accuracy, the Marder II can be a devastating force if it's strengths can be exploited and weaknesses minimized. With stronger engines and a more damaging top gun than the Panzerjäger I, the Marder II is a decent tank to play whilst heading further up the tank destroyer line.

The Marder II leads to the Tier IV Hetzer.

Marder II

Stock

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IV 7,6 cm PaK 36 (r) 460 96/166/38 115/115/165 12 0.43 2.7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine II Maybach HL 57 TR 540 130 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis II Marder II 3000 11 34
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio II FuG 2 0 265
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IV 7,6 cm PaK 36 (r) 460 96/166/38 115/115/165 12 0.43 2.7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine III Maybach HL 62 TR 550 140 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III Marder II verstärkteketten 3000 13 36
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III FuG 5 0 310

7.5cm PaK40/2 auf F. Pz. II (Sf)

Attack

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun V 7,5 cm PaK 40/2 L/46 470 108/154/38 110/110/175 12.5 0.4 2.5
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine III Maybach HL 62 TR 550 140 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III Marder II verstärkteketten 3000 13 36
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VIII FuG 8 0 550

Compatible Equipment

Small Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Springs
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Chocolate
100-octane Gasoline
105-octane Gasoline
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Excellent Camouflage values
  • Excellent Gun Traverse Arc
  • Good Gun Depression
  • Good Alpha Damage and Damage-per-Minute(DPM) for its tier
  • Good Penetration


Cons:


  • Terrible and disproportionate Aim Time for all guns, on a level similar to high tier vehicles (typically Heavies and Russian
  • Some of the worst "Shot Dispersion" factors of all vehicles (excluding Artillery) in the game
  • Enormous reticle bloom
  • The above items together, creates very sub-par accuracy for a Tank Destroyer
  • Virtually no armor, typical of lower tier Tank Destroyers


Performance

It is ill-advised to engage in close quarters as its low HP, poor armor, poor track traverse, and horrible movement accuracy will often result in a quick death. Keep in mind that the tank's open-top crew compartment has virtually no armor, making it extremely vulnerable to howitzers, High Explosive shells, autocannons and semi-automatic cannons.

The key to playing the Marder II effectively is to remain hidden and behind the main lines, being patient and working with the horrible Aim Time and reticle bloom of the guns. Get behind bushes and let the multitude of quick Light and Medium tanks in this tier range, do the spotting for you. Exposure is tantamount to death, as you have neither the speed and mobility, nor the armor and HP to escape relatively unscathed from enemy fire.

To maximize your performance in the tank, the Camouflage Net, Binocular Telescope, and Gun Laying Drive (GLD) Equipment will greatly help you in keeping hidden, allowing you to see far, and helping with the horrible Aim Time.


Historical Info

The Marder II was a German tank destroyer of World War II based on the Panzer II chassis.

History

During the very first days of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, the Germans were shocked to encounter Soviet T-34 medium tanks and KV heavy tanks. Although the Wehrmacht succeeded in most operations due to superior tactics, morale, and supply, it had few anti-tank weapons capable of successfully engaging these vehicles at normal ranges. An urgent need arose for a more mobile and powerful anti-tank weapon than the existing towed anti-tank guns or tank destroyers like the Panzerjäger I.

Among a series of solutions, it was decided to use light tanks like the Panzer II and captured vehicles like the Lorraine Schlepper as the basis for makeshift tank destroyers. The result was the Marder series, which were armed with either the new 7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank guns or captured Soviet 7.62 cm F-22 Model 1936 field guns, large numbers of which had been acquired early in the war.

Production

The Marder II came in two major versions. The first version Marder II (Sd.Kfz. 132) was based on the light Panzer II Ausf. D/E and Flammpanzer II chassis with Christie suspension. It was armed with captured Soviet 7.62 cm guns, re-chambered to accept German 7.5 cm Pak 40 ammunition, which improved its penetrative capabilities. These early Marder IIs had a very high silhouette (2.60 m high), thin armor of only 30 mm (front) and 10 to 15 mm (sides). There was no armour on the top or rear, leaving the crew with very little protection. Alkett and Wegmann produced 201 Marder II (Sd. Kfz. 132) from early 1942 to early 1943.

The second version Marder II (Sd.Kfz. 131) was based on Panzer II Ausf. A to C removed from active service but later also newly produced Ausf. F chassis were used. This Marder II had a redesigned (widened) fighting compartment and used the German 75 mm Pak 40 anti-tank gun. The silhouette was lowered by about 40 cm to 2.20 m, but the armor was thin and the compartment was open to the top and rear, as in Sd. Kfz. 132. FAMO, MAN and Daimler-Benz produced 576 Marder II (Sd.Kfz. 131) conversions from June 1942 to Mid 1943. 75 more were converted (probably by FAMO only) from mid 1943 to early 1944 when the last Panzer IIs were taken out of active service.

Combat history

The various Marder IIs fought on all fronts of the war, mainly at the Eastern Front.

The Marder IIs were used by the Panzerjäger Abteilungen of the Panzer divisions of both the Wehrmacht and the Waffen SS, as well as several Luftwaffe units.

The Marder's weaknesses were mainly related to survivability. The combination of a high silhouette and open-top fighting compartment made them vulnerable to indirect artillery fire, shrapnel, and grenades. The armor was also quite thin, making them vulnerable to enemy tanks or infantry.

The Marders were not assault vehicles or tank substitutes; the open top meant that operations in urban areas or other close-combat situations were very risky. They were best employed in defensive or overwatch roles. Despite their weaknesses they were much more effective than the towed antitank guns they replaced.


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