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By 1942 the PZ38 tank had become obsolete. But the chassis was an excellent platform for adapting to other roles. Large numbers of 76.5mm guns were captured during the invasion of Russia. They were re-chambered for the German 75 mm round and mounted on various platforms including the PZ38 chassis. This last variant of the Marder series had the engine moved to mid-chassis allowing a lower silhouette. Thus the ‘M’ in the naming convention. The forward hull MG was removed and an MG34 or MG42 was carried in the fighting compartment in the rear. 975 were built between 1943 and 1944.