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Anti tank units in Russia were in desperate need for large numbers of anti tank vehicles to counter the T34 threat. The Wehrmacht had 1300 excellent Russian 7.62cm guns (PAK36 R) that were captured during the offensive of 1941. A simple conversion to the Pz38 (t) chassis allowed the Pak 36 R to be mounted. Although the Marder III filled its role very successfully, the high silhouette and thin armor made the Marder III very vulnerable. It was best suited for an ambush scenario. 344 were built between 1942 and 1943.