Pack Nordwind operation January 1945
Flammpanzer 38 (t) Hetzer
Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer will be also modified to carry out a whole series of conversions. First of all let us note creation in December 1944 of 20 Flammpanzer 38(t) auf Hetzer for the offensive of the Ardennes. They were equipped with a projector of 14 mm Flammenwerfer installed in the standard tube of the gun to camouflage its role of flame thrower tank. These conversions were incorporated in the 352nd and will be 353rd Panzer-Flamm-Kompanies within the group of armies G.
Bergepanzer 38(t) Armored Recovery Vehicle Hetzer
Bergepanzer 38(t) (Sd.Kfz.136) is in fact a vehicle of recovery based on Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer or Pz.Kpfw 38(t)Pz.Kpfw 38(t). Bergepanzer 38(t) had a superstructure without roof and accomodated a crew of four men. For only defense, a MG34 was transported inside. Bergepanzer 38(t) was equipped with before as with the back with loop of towing. The old compartment of combat was occupied by a power winch. Bergepanzer 38(t) was also equipped with a broad spade to the back and a dismountable bracket which could be installed on the left like on the right. These two pieces of equipment could be coupled with the winch. Draw bars (of a capacity of 30 tons) were also available. From October 1944 at May 1945, 170 specimens were produced by BMM (Praga/CKD). 64 Hetzers and 106 Pz.Kpfw 38(t) were thus converted. These machines were incorporated in Versorgungs Kompanie (Company of supply and Headquarters) as from November 1944. Bergepanzer 38(t) was used to tractor draw light Panzerjäger 38(t) (approximately 14 tone) but on short distances and levelled ground.