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And in my understanding, a German tank destroyer is meant to destroy enemy armor in a defensive or concealed ambush position. They're used by the tank destroyer part, which again are trained differently.
I've read that the US tank destroyers were meant to be used in the same way and they saw no reason to give them heavy armor (though the way the US tank destroyer force was intended to be a highly strategically mobile force might've had a lot to do with this). German tank destroyers like Ferdinand, Jagdpanther and Jagdtiger had extremely heavy armor and seemed to have been used (at least Ferdinand) as essentially assault guns or breakthrough tanks, rather than designated tank destroyers.
My questions are:
1. if German tank destroyers are meant to destroy armor in a concealed defensive position, was the heavy armor still necessary?
2. did the Germans begin to merge the two classes togheter, as reflected by their design choices and the way they (Ferdinand at least) were used in combat?
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I think the heavier armor (and armament!) of German TDs and StuGs later in the war was a matter of the trying to replace quantity with quality.