The 16 ton Jagdpanzer 38 (t) Hetzer, a German tank destroyer, was found on the border of Jurata and Hel (Pomerania) and pulled from the water on 26th of May 2007. The tank destroyer lacked the upper plates and rear armour. The interior contained the personal belongings of its crew, including a 10 zloty coin with Józef Piłsudski on it from 1935, with a hole in it. 

The unique tank was lying in the sea, covered in sand, 10 metres away from the shore. The discovery, was made by members of the Gdansk Latebra Foundation.

Probably, the tank destroyer Jagdpanzer 38 (t) Hetzer belonged to the 82th Infantry Division of the Wehrmacht. According to Dominik Markiewicz from Latebra Foundation, at the end of World War II, the tank could have served as a platform for the German civilians evacuating onto barges. There is also a theory, that the Hetzer was simply abandoned during combat by German soldiers and so that it couldn’t be used by the Soviet army, a broken ramrod and bullet were put in the barrel.

After its recovery, by the end of the 2007, the tank destroyer was transported to the Gdansk train repair station. There, the German armored gun was cleaned from sand and painted in its original green military colours. After such renovation, the Hetzer has been display at the Motorisation Museum in Gdynia. Up to 2007, only fragments of similar vehicles had been found in Poland (part of a Hertzer body is kept in the Museum of the Polish Army in Warsaw). 

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