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The Marder II is a German tier 3 tank destroyer. It is a vast improvement over the Panzerjäger I and is an extremely enjoyable tank. It has a great range with its cannons, especially the 7.62cm PaK 36 (r), which can hurt most other vehicles 2 or even 3 tiers higher. With more engine power, a better gun, and much better armor than the Panzerjäger I, the Marder II is a fun tank to play whilst heading further up the tank destroyers line, so much so that many players keep the tank well after they have finished researching it.

The Marder II leads to the Hetzer.

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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.



German Tanks
Light Tanks Leichttraktor  • Pz.Kpfw. 35 (t)  • Pz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f)  • Pz.Kpfw. I  • Pz.Kpfw. II  • Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t)  • Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. C  • Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G • Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J  • Pz.Kpfw. II Luchs  • Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. A  • T-15  • Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t) n.A.  • VK 16.02 Leopard  • VK 28.01  • Aufklärungspanzer Panther
Medium Tanks Pz.Kpfw. S35 739 (f)  • VK 20.01 (D)  • Pz.Kpfw. III  • Pz.Kpfw. III/IV  • Pz.Kpfw. IV  • T-25  • Pz.Kpfw. IV Hydraulic  • VK 30.01 (D)  • VK 30.01 (P)  • VK 30.02 (M)  • Pz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm  • Pz.Kpfw. V/IV  • Pz.Kpfw. V/IV Alpha  • VK 30.02 (D)  • Pz.Kpfw. V Panther  • Panther/M10  • Indien-Panzer  • Panther II  • Leopard prototyp A  • E-50  • Leopard 1  • E-50 Ausf. M
Heavy Tanks Pz.Kpfw. B2 740 (f)  • Durchbruchswagen 2  • VK 30.01 (H)  • VK 36.01 (H)  • Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger  • Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger (P)  • Löwe  • Pz.Kpfw. Tiger II  • VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A  • E-75  • VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. B  • E-100  • Maus
Tank Destroyers Panzerjäger I  • Marder II  • Hetzer  • Marder 38T  • StuG III  • Pz.Sfl. IVc  • Dicker Max  • JagdPz IV  • Nashorn  • E-25  • Jagdpanther  • Pz.Sfl. V  • 8,8 cm PaK 43 Jagdtiger  • Ferdinand  • Jagdpanther II  • Rhm.-Borsig Waffenträger  • Jagdtiger  • Waffenträger auf Pz. IV  • JagdPz E-100  • Waffenträger auf E 100
Self-Propelled Guns G.Pz. Mk. VI (e)  • Sturmpanzer I Bison  • Wespe  • Sturmpanzer II  • Pz.Sfl. IVb  • Grille  • Hummel  • G.W. Panther  • G.W. Tiger (P)  • G.W. Tiger  • G.W. E 100



Tank Destroyers
USA II T3 HMC  • III T56 GMC  • IV M8A1  • IV T40  • V M10 Wolverine  • V T67  • VI T78  Gold  • VI M18 Hellcat  • VI M36 Jackson  • VII M56 Scorpion  Gold  • VII T28 Concept  Gold  • VII Super Hellcat  Gold  • VII T25/2  • VII T25 AT  • VIII TS-5  Gold  • VIII T28  • VIII T28 Prototype  • IX T30  • IX T95  • X T110E3  • X T110E4
UK II Universal Carrier 2-pdr  • IV Valentine AT  • IV Alecto  • V Archer  • V AT 2  • VI Churchill Gun Carrier  • VI Achilles  • VI AT 8  • VI Excalibur  Gold  • VII Challenger  • VII AT 15A  Gold  • VII AT 7  • VIII GSOR 1008  Gold  • VIII AT 15  • VIII Charioteer  • VIII Turtle Mk. I  Gold  • IX Tortoise  • IX FV4004 Conway  • X FV215b (183)  Gold  • X FV4005 Stage II  • X FV217 Badger
Germany II Panzerjäger I  • III Marder II  • IV StuG III Ausf. B  • IV Pz.Sfl. IC  Gold  • IV Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer  • IV Marder 38T  • V StuG IV  Gold  • V Pz.Sfl. IVc  • V StuG III Ausf. G  • VI Dicker Max  Gold  • VI Jagdpanzer IV  • VI Nashorn  • VII E 25  Gold  • VII Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger  Gold  • VII Jagdpanther  • VII Sturer Emil  • VIII Ferdinand  • VIII Kanonenjagdpanzer 105  Gold  • VIII Rheinmetall Skorpion G  Gold  • VIII Rheinmetall Skorpion  Gold  • VIII Jagdpanther II  • VIII 8,8 cm Pak 43 Jagdtiger  Gold  • VIII Rhm.-Borsig Waffenträger  • IX Jagdtiger  • IX Waffenträger auf Pz. IV  • X Grille 15  • X Jagdpanzer E 100  • X Waffenträger auf E 100
France II Renault FT AC  • III FCM 36 Pak 40  Gold  • III Renault UE 57  • IV Somua SAu 40  • V M10 RBFM  Gold  • V S35 CA  • VI ARL V39  • VII AMX AC mle. 46  • VIII AMX AC mle. 48  • VIII AMX Canon d'assaut 105  Gold  • IX AMX 50 Foch  • X AMX 50 Foch (155)  Gold  • X AMX 50 Foch B
USSR II AT-1  • III SU-76I  Gold  • IV SU-85A  • IV SU-76M  • V SU-85  • V SU-85I  Gold  • VI SU-100  • VI SU-100Y  Gold  • VII ISU-122S  Gold  • VII SU-152  • VII SU-100M1  • VII SU-122-44  Gold  • VIII ISU-152  • VIII ISU-130  Gold  • VIII T-103  Gold  • VIII SU-130PM  Gold  • VIII ISU-152K  Gold  • VIII SU-101  • IX Object 704  • IX Object 263  • X Object 268  • X Object 268 Version 4
China II T-26G FT  • III M3G FT  • IV SU-76G FT  • V 60G FT  • VI WZ-131G FT  • VII T-34-2G FT  • VIII WZ-111-1G FT  • VIII WZ-120-1G FT  Gold  • IX WZ-111G FT  • X WZ-113G FT
Japan
Czechoslovakia
Sweden II Pvlvv fm/42  • III Ikv 72  • IV Sav m/43  • V Ikv 103  • VI Ikv 65 Alt II  • VII Ikv 90 Typ B  • VIII UDES 03  • VIII Strv S1  Gold  • IX Strv 103-0  • X Strv 103B