Hitler inspects a new Jagdpanzer 38(t) also known as the infamous ”Hetzer”.
It was intended to be more cost-effective than the much more ambitious Jagdpanther and Jagdtiger designs of the same period (Designed in 1943, seeing service in 1944 and 1945). Using a proven chassis, it avoided the mechanical problems of the larger armoured vehicles.
It was better armored than the lightly armoured earlier Panzerjäger Marder and Nashorn with a sloped armour front plate of 60 mm sloped back at 60 degrees from the vertical (equivalent in protection to about 120 mm), carried a reasonably powerful gun, was mechanically reliable, small and easily concealed. It was also cheap to build.