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15cm sFH 13/1 Auf GW Lorraine Schlepper Self-Propelled Howitzer



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This was the most important self-propelled weapon utilising a French chassis. It mounted a First World War vintage howitzer in a similar configuration to the Marder I as this made the best use of the flat cargo-carrying compartment at the rear of the Lorraine Schlepper carrier. Around this was constructed an open-topped fighting compartment that held the howitzer.
Captured Lorraine chassis were earmarked originally for conversion to Marder I but Hitler ordered in May 1942 that 40 should carry a 15cm sFH howitzer. These were required by Rommel in North Africa and after completion were issued to the Panzerartillerie Abteilung of 21 Panzer Division. Further vehicles were converted, and eventually this successful design saw extensive service in France and Russia as well as North Africa.

Model Id:
630
Manufacture:Lorraine, Lunéville, Lorraine, North East France, France (Chassis manufacturer)
Renault S.A., Boulogne-Billancourt, Île-de-France, North East France, France (Assembled at Becker's Baukommando works in Paris - possibly Renault factory but location unconfirmed)


1) U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA

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Sample Photo from Album Number 282

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Unique ID: 282
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2) War Museum, El Alamein, Egypt

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Sample Photo from Album Number 283

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Unique ID: 283
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This example is a relic of the fighting in North Africa during the Second World War. It is in a poor condition and is missing parts of its superstructure.

3) The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Britain

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Sample Photo from Album Number 2066

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Unique ID: 2066
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New Entry. Put on the museum books in 1951. Marked ‘GONE’ in museum record.