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That’s quite a mouthful ... but no less deadly for it! This was a “Tank Destroyer” based on the highly successful Panzer IV chassis and built in three main variants. As one of the casemate-style turretless Jagdpanzer tank destroyers it was developed contrary to the express wishes of General Heinz Guderian, Germany’s most famous armoured leader. He believed that the already existing Sturmgeschutz III and IV models were more than adequate for the Army’s needs and this new development simply diverted valuable resources away from Panzer IV tank production! Hitler and Speer over-ruled Guderian and the Jagdpanzer IV was put into production. The first production vehicles saw action in Normandy and later during the Battle of the Bulge. Many were also used on the Russian Front. After the war small numbers of surviving L70’s served with the Romanian Army and even a few (6) fought with the Syrian Army against the Israelis during the “6-DAY WAR” OF 1967! The K & C model comes complete with detachable “metal mesh” protective side skirts and a vehicle commander in the open top turret hatch. Camouflage is in the muted 3-colour scheme adopted by many German vehicles from the mid war onwards.