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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GERMAN TANKS OF WORLD WAR TWO A complete illustrated directory of German battle tanks, armopred cars, self-propelled guns and semi-tracked vehicles, 1933-1948. By Peter Chamberlain and Hilary L. Doyle. ‘Technical Editor: Thomas L. Jentz | Contents list of vehicle types Panzerkamplwagen | and vatlans, 18 Panzerkamptwagen Il and variants, 28 Fe Kplw | Aust A 0 Aufbau, 18 a Kplw il Aust @/1, a/2 une a/9 (Sd Kt Pz kplw | Ausi A (Sa Kz 191), 19 21). 28. Fe Ket | Aus! & (Sd Klz 101), 20 Pe Kot il Aust b (Sd Ktz 121), 29 Pz Kpfw | Aus! 6 0 Autbou, 21 Pe Kplw Il Aust ¢, A, B und C (Sd Klz 121) site Pancorbelehiswagon (So Klz 265), 22 30 Wuotionsschlepror auf Px Kpiw | Aus A’ (Sd Pz Kplw Il Aust D und € (Sd Kiz 121), 92 ile 111), 23 Be Kpiw il Aust F (Sd Ki2 121), 99 15em 61633 (5!) aut Px Kpfw f Aust 8, 24 2 Kplw il Flamm Aust A und @ (Sd Kiz 722 Pz Kotw | Ausi ©, 26 Flaminga’, 24 “em Paki) (St) auf Pe Kplw | Aust 8,25 Fz Kptw IP Ast G, 35 Pe Ketw | Aust F, 28 Pe Kptw I Aust J: 35 Ladurasleger aut P2 Kplw | Aust 8, 27 Pe Kptw Il n& Aust H und M. 36 [Brokenioger aut Fgsi Pz Kplw TAust A. 27 Pz Kplwl Aus! L (Sd kte 123) ‘Luche’, 6 Flammenwerlor aut Pz Fptw t Aust A, 27 1Sem siGas aut Fost Pz Kpive II (81), 97 ‘Munitionsschlopper aut Pz Kptw la und 10, 27 Gotech's Autklaror VK16(2 ‘Leopard, ST 7.82cm Pak) aul Fst Pz Kptw Il (St), 38 75cm PakéO/2 aut Fost Pz Kpiw i (St) (Sd ie 131) "Mardor I, 38 Leichte Feluhaubitze 18/2 aut Fost Pe Kpiw (31) (Sd Kz 124) "Wespe’, 39 Pa Kept Il mit Schwimmkorper, 40 Brukenleger aut Pz Kptw il, 47 Pe kptw Ilo Tuem. 41 ‘Sem Pui38 L/60 aut Fgst Pz Kptw Il (St). 4t Pa Selbetlanriafette te 5em Paka aut P2 ipl li (VK901), 41 Fa ee a Pit 12. Fe Koln 3h Ri hie tasee Pinta 18- Pe Kafr V UPantri Aust A, 6 VEHICLE CONTENTS LIST Panzerkamplwagen 35(1) and 28(1) plus variants, 42 Pe Kpiw 9510), 42 Axillerie Sehiepoer 38(1), «3 Fe Sp Wa T=15, 43, Pr Kp 38(t) Aust A, 43 Pe Kolw38(t) Aust B, C und D, 44 Pe Ko 38(t) Aus! E und F, 44 Fb Kptw $31) Aust S Fe kph 26(t) Aust &, 43 2 Kptiw 38(1) nA, 48 Fanerjager 38(t) ur 7.520m PaK36(«) (Se ‘lz 138) ‘Marder Il 46 78em Pak4o/’ aut Pz’ Kpfw 98(t) Aust A ile 138) "Marder It, 47 Sem s1G33/S!) aut Pe Kptw 28(%) Au ‘Sd Klz 198/1) "Grile, 47 Fanzerjager 38(!) mit 7-Sem PaKA0/3 Aust M (Saki 198) "Marder I, 43 1¢m s1G39/7 aut $1 90(t) Aust M (Sd Kle 138/1) "Grille, 49 Munitionspanzer 38(t) (St) Aust M (S Kie 188), 50 Flakparzer 28(t) aut 81 28(!) Aust M (Sd ‘tz 140}, 50 AAutkiarer aut Fast Pz Kotw 38(t) mit 2om KwK3 odor 7 Sem KwK38 L/2s, 51 Munitionssenlepper aut Fast Pz Ket £8). 52 Schuteenpanzerwagen aut Fast Pz Kp 3811), 52 Morsorttager aur Fast Pz Kplv 38(1), 52 Jagdpanzer 28(t) Hetzer (Pz Jag 38(t)) for sem Pak39, $2 Flammpanzer 38(t) Hetzer, 54 Bergepanzer 38(1) Hetzer. 54 ‘em #1G99/2(S!) aut Jad Pz 28(t) Hetzer, 5 agdpanzer 98(t) Starr, 58 ietenter Einneilswatten eres Einmeitswatlent Jagdpanzer $8(6). 57 4 Panzerkamptwagen Ill and variants, 58 Pe Kplw Al Aust A (S9 Kis 147), 58 a Kp Ill Aust B (Sd Kiz 141), $9 Pe kpiw Il Ausf © (Sd kiz 141), 60, Pe Kplw Il Aust © (Sd Ki2 141), 60 kp Aust E (Sd Kl2 141). 61 Kp il Aust F (Sd Kz 141), 62 Be Kplw Il Aust G (Sa Kiz 141) 63 a Kplw Il Aust H (Sé Kic 141), 64 Kp Il Aust J (So Kiz 141), 65 Pe Kp Ill Aust J (Sd Kiz 141/1), 66 Pa ptr I Aust L (Sd Kz 149/1), 66 Pe Kot Ill Aust M (Sd Kt? 14107), 87 a Kotw ill Aust N. (Sd Kiz 141/2). 68 il (FI) 4S te 14173), 68 Kplw Il alg Tauchpanzer, 70 Panzarbotchiswagen Aust D’ (Sd Ktz 257, 268), 71 Panzerbeteniswagen Aust € (Sd Ktz 268~ 268). 72 Panzerostehiswagen Ausl H (Sd Kiz 268- 268), 72 Panzerbelehiswagen mit Som Kwk L/42 (Sd Ki 141), 73 Panzerbetehiswagen (Aust K) mit Scm Kwk29 1/60, 74 Arillerie-Panzorbeokachtungswagen (Pz pi il) (Sa Klz 143), 75 Bergepanzer Ill, 78. Pe Kpiw il mit Schachiellautwerk, 77 Minenraumpancer Il, 77 Pr Kplw Il Aust N ale Schiensn-Katten Fahrzeug SK3, 78 Pionierpanzorwagen aul Fast Pz Kefw I 78 Munitongpanzer au! Fgst Pe Kptw tlh 78 Gep i tur Slurmgeschitz 7 sem Kanone “Aust A (Sd Kite 142), 79 Gep 8! fr Sturmgeschiitz 7 Sem Kanone ‘ust B (Sd Kl2 142), 60 Gep Si fur Sturmgescnitz 75em Kanone “Aus! C und D (Sa Kz 142). 80 ep Si fur Sturmoeecnar2 7 Sem Kanone “Aust € ($2 Kl 142), 81 ‘250m Sturmgoscnitz 40 Aust F (Sa Kl2 32/1), 82 ‘15cm Stormgeachitz 40 Aust F/8 (Sd Ktz "42/1), 83 ‘75em Sturmgeschitz 40 Aust G (S0 Kz 42/1), 84 10'5em Siurmnaubitze 42 (Sd K'z 142/2), 25 Stuemgeschit II (Fl). 86 Sturminfontoriegeschiz 320, 88 Munitionspanzer au! Fgst SIUG Il Aust G. 87 Panzerkampfuagen IV and variants, Pz Kplw WW Aust A (Sd Kfz 1611, 89 Pe Kolm Iy Aust B (Sd Kir 181). 90 Pe Kotw Iv Aust C (S¢ Kl2 161), 80 Pa Kplw Iv Aust D (Sd Kiz 161). 91 Pe Kplw IV asl E (5a Klz 161). 98 Pe Kpiw V Ausl F (Sa Kz 181), 94 Pe Mplw IV Aust F, (Sd Kz 161/1), 95 Pa Kplw IV Aust G (Sd Klz 161/1 und 181/2). 97 Pr Koi IV Aust H (Sé klz 161/2), 98 Pe Kplw IV Aust J (S¢ Ki2 161/2), 99 2 Kplv IV als Taychpanzer, 100 Panzerbelehiswagen mit 75em KwK L/48, 701 Panzerboobachiunaswagon IV, 101 ‘Siurmpanzer IV (Sd Ke 166) ‘Brummbér 301 ‘Sturmgescnarz IV (7’5em StukAD L/48) (Sd iz 167), 102 ‘sturmgeschuiz nA mit 750m PaKL/4@ at Fast Pe Kpiw IV (Jagdpancer IV) (Sd tz 362), 102 Panzer 1V/70(V) (Sd kiz 162/1), 108 Panzer 1V/70(A), 105 10.5em KIB aut Pz SI 1V3, 106 Beem Pakad/t (L/71) aut Fost Pz Kplw Hiv (St) “Heenisse’. 107 45cm s Pa H 18/1 aut Fost Pe W/iv (St) (So'Ktz 165) "Hummel, 108 a.7em Flak aut Fast Pz Kplw IV (St) (S¢ Kte 16173). "Mobelwagen’. 109 Flakpanzer W1/2cm Viering “Wirbolwing’ Flakparor 1V/3.Tem Flak "Osiwing’. 194, Lechter Flakpanzer IV(Sem) “Kugelblitz, 112 10.Sem laFH16/1(S1) aul GW IVb (Sd Kix 65/1), 112 10'S0m loFH18/1 L/28 auf Watlentrager GW IVb "Heusehrecke 10'. 113, Leichia Panzemaubitze 18/40/2 aut Fost Pz pt H/IV (SI). 118 na Pz Kplw iV mit Schacht Sonderaustuneung des Pz Kptw IV, 115 Pa Kplw iV mit Minenrollrn. 116 Bw (Bh-B). 116 2em Flakvierling aut Fast Pz Kew iV (Sf), 116 Flakpanzer 1V/3.7em Fiakzwilling ‘Ostwind re 116 Flakpanzer 1V/Sem Flakvierling “Zerstérer ag iT Muniionssehlepper t0r Karigerat, 117 Borgepsnzer IV. 118 Slurmgaschutz nA Starr. 118 Infanteri Slurmsiog au! Fgst Pe kplwi, 118 Panzertatre, 119 Panzerkamptwagen V (Panther) and variants, “120, Pr Kaw v Aust D (Sd Kile 171), 120 Pe Kolw V Aust A (3a Kf2 173). 122 Pe Kp V Aus! G (Sd Ke 171), 126 Pe Kolw V Aust F (Sa kiz 173]. 126 Panzerbeleniswagen mit 750m KwK42 L/70 Pz Beod Wo Panther. 127 Jagdpaniner (Sd Klz 173), 128 Panzer Bergegerat (Panther!) (Sd Klz 179), 131 Flakzwiling 4.7em aut Pe Kptw Panther ‘Coelian’, 132 ‘Sturmpantner, 132 ‘Jagapantner Starr, 132 Pa Kptw Panther ti, 132 Gesenutzwagen Panther tir sFHia/4 (St), 192 \yks002(DB) — Pz Kptw V. 133 ‘VEHICLE CONTENTS LIST 7 Panzerkamptwagen VI (Tiger) and variants, 134 Pe Kplw Vi Dw und DW, 134 k3001(H). 794 Y2em SI L/61 (Pr St V), 195 1VK3601 (4). 185 Pe Kplw VI Aust € (Sd kfz 184) Tiger ‘386m RWS1 aut Sturmmoreer Tiger, 138 ks001(P) ‘Leopard’. 138, Tiger (P), 139 ‘Sturmgeschutz mit 8.8m PaK49/2 (Sd kiz 104) ‘Ferdinand’, 140 Bergepanzer Tiger (P), 141 Bergopanzer Tiger Ausi E, 141 Pa Kpfw VI Aust B (Sd Kis 182) ‘Tigor I We Jagaliger ($8 Xz. 186), 144 Geschutewagen Tiger fr VTem x72 (SI) fur 21em hrst8/1(S1) une lor 30.Sem Grw S1'1-608/9, 185 196 Chsotr sate: Fae "PEERY 1 ant te 1). Karger heavy age mana “Tor ME MDa i em Paki 6a Ke 7/1 Fate: S Pro Wo Sse 2 WeRad) Pre 28 Pa notw @°2 Pant 8 VEHICLE CONTENTS LIST Miscollaneous fullytracked vehicles, 146, ‘STem WO Sohlepper 255, 146 7-7em WO Sehlepper 50PS, 146 Leiehterraitor. 145 Grosstraktoc. 147 Naubaulanrsoug, 147 \VK6501(H), 148 Pe Kplw ‘Maus’, 148 Pe pl €-100, 149, Minenrsumwagen (So Klz 300), 150 Lelenter Ladungetrager (Sd Kt2 202) (E-Motor), 150 Lolontar Ladungstrager (Sd Kitz 303) (V-Motor), 151 Schwerer Ladungstrager (Sd kle 901) Aust ‘Rung 8, 132) ‘Schworot Ladungelrager (Sd kfz 301) Aust 153 Mitten Ladungstrager ‘Springer’ (Sd Kl2 308), 183 Gepanzerier Muniionsschleppar (WK302) 54 Pa Selbstiahriatote 12 Sem Pak98 aul gop Mun Schl, 155. ‘750m PaKa0/4 aul Raupenschlepper, Ost (Si), 158 Pe Kplw E25, 156 Gepanzerior Mannschalts\ransporwagen ‘katzohen’, 156 Lond.WasserSchlepper, 157 erat 04D und Gerat O41, ar, 158 28cm Flak auf Soncerfanegestell, 160 Sembtracked vehicles, 162 Leienter Gepanzerter Kratiswagen (Sd Klz 250). later le SPW (Sa kiz 280). 162 Loichtor Senatzenpanzerwagen (So Klz 260) 163, Leichtor Schitzenpanzerwagen (Sd Ktz 250 Variants). 163 \e-ano Muritionakraftwagen (Sé Klz 252), 168 Le gep Boobachtungskraliwaaen (Sd Ktz 253), 168 M gep Mannschattskrattwagen (Sd Kiz 251) Tater m SPW Aust A, B und C, 169 IM Schateenpanzerwagen Aust O (Se Kiz 251), 70 M Schutzonpsnzerwagen (Sd Ktz 251 Variants), 170 Panzerpahwagen RK Aus! A, 179 IM gep Seobachtungskraliwagen (Sd Klz 254), i Mun Kw fOr Nebelwerler (Sd Ktz 4), 180, *5em Panzerwerter 42 aul St (Sd Kiz 4/1), 80 2em Flak aul Fast Zghw Wt (Sd Kiz 10/4) tet 4.7em Pak95/96 aut Zokw 11, 182 Som Paka (St) aul Zghw tt, 182 7.62em FK36(r) sul Pz ug. St Zgkw 11 (Sd iz 6). 183, 3.7om FlaK96 aut Fgst Zokw St (Sd Klz 6/2) 183 2m Flakvierling 38 aul Fast Zokw Bt (Sa Kiz 7/1). 14 23.7em Flak96 aut Fost Zokw Bt (Sd Kiz 7/2) 04 Sem Fiaka1(St) aut Zokw ot 184 Feirleitpanzerlahr2eng for V.2 Rakelen aut ‘Zaks at 125 Gep Zughrattwagen Bt (Se Kiz 7). 185 Bem Flak 18S!) aul Zakw 12 ($6 Ki2 8) Une Zokw Tat (Sd Kiz 9). 188 ‘7em Selbstahrlalete L/&0.8 Modell 1.187 Pe Selbetfahriafatte Il aul Fast m Zgkw St, 187 3.7em Selbsttahvatanle L/70, 188 ‘Schworer Wehrmachtschiepper (gep Avs!) 728, Leiehtar Wehrmachtschlepper, 189 Hip 602/803, 189 Hip 605/608, 183 Armoured cara and wheeled armoured vehicles, 190 Maschinengewehricattwagen (Klz 13)/Funk wraftwagen (Klz 14). 180 Leichter Panzerspahwagen (MG) (Sd Klz 221), 191 Kleiner Panzerlunkwagen (Sd kiz 260/261), 192 Leichtor Panzorspahwegen (2cm) (Sd KI2 222). 182 Leichier Panzorspahwagen (Fu) (Sd Ktz 223), 194 Lechter Panzerspahwagen (Rad) Bussing NAG, 195 Panzerspahwagen Scnildkréte, 195 Krupp gep Radiahrzeug. 195 Schwerar Panzerspahwagen (Sd Klz 231) Rad, 198 Schweter Panzorspahwagen (Fu) (Sa Klz ‘232) Gad. 196 Panzertunkwagen (Sd Klz 263) 6ad, 198 Manngenaltsansportwagen |, 198 Schwerer Panzerspuhwagen (Sa Klz 231) Bes, 198 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (Fu) (Sd kiz 232) Bad, 198 Schworer Panzorspahwagen (75cm) (S6 Klz 239), 200 Panzerlunkwagen (Sd k'z 269) @-Rad, 201 Ballistic Messtahrzeug aut s Pz Sp Wg (8 Rad), 201 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (2cm) (Sd Kiz 34/1), 202 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (Sem) (Sé Klz '234/2) ‘Pums', 208 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (7-Sem) (Sé Kz 34/3), 204 ‘Schwerer Panzerspihwagen (7.Sem PaKé0} (Sd klz 234/4), 204 8 gl gep Persononkvaliwagen (Sd Klz 247) 208 PolizeiPanzerkamptwagen ADGZ, 206 Leichtor Trupoentultsentlz Krallwagon (KIz ), 208 22cm FlaK30 oder 38 (SI) au! sg Einheits KW, 207 em FlaK30 oder 38 (St) aut LKW, 209, 'S.9) LAW 4 5t It Flak (51). 208 ‘3.7em PaK35/36 aut le ol Lic tt, 208 ‘Schwores Minenrdumlahrzetg ‘Baumer. 209 French AFVs in German service, 210 75cm PaKa0/t aul GW Lorraine Schlepper () (Sd Kz 135). 210 Sem SFH3/1 (Si) au GW Lorraine ‘Schiepper (1) (S8 Klz 135/1), 212 10.5em leF H18(S!) auf GW Lorraine Schlepper (1), 212 Pe Kplw 8-2 749), 213, Flammwagen aut Pe Kplw 8-2(1), 214 30.5em leF H16/3(S!) aul GW B-3(). 214 Pz Kolw 35-5 739(1), 215 Pe Kplw 35H, 98H und 99H 795(1), 216 75cm Paka9{S!) aut GW 39H(1), 218 10.5em leFH18(S!) aul GW 39H(i), 218 10.5em lef H16(S!) aul GW FCM), 219, ‘75cm PaKao (SI) aut GW FEM(t), 219, Pe Kptw 35R 731(1), 219 4.7em Pak(t) aul P2 Kplw 35R() ohne Turm, 220 fom s Granalwortor 34 aul Pz Sp Wo AMRS(), 221 Infanteria Schiepper UE 630(1), 222 LLelenter Schutzenpanzerwagen 'U304(t), 224 Mittirer gopanzertor Zugkrattwagon S303(1), 224 Mitigrer Schitzenpanzerwagen $307(f), 224 Panzerspanwagen Panhard 176-204 (1), 225 Pa Kplw FT-17/%8 730(1), 227 ian AFVs In German service, 228 Pa Kolww M113/40 725()) und NIT4/41 796(]), 226 Pe Kp M15/42 738(0), 228 Pa Kplu PaO 797(i), 228 Panzerboteniswagen Mat 771(i), 229 Panzerbeteniswagen Mé2 772(I). 229, Sturmgeschutz MaO und MAT mall 75/18 850(1), 230 ‘Sturmgesehute M42 mit 75/34 851 (i), 290 Sturmgeschitz M3 mit 105/25 853(1), 231 ‘Sturmgeschute M43 mit 75/38 851 (1), 282 ‘Sturmgesenite Ma3 mit 75/46 852(i). 232 Panzerspahwagen ABA? 201 (i), 232 Pe Kplw 5/40 733(0), 233 Slurmgeschitz L6 mt 47/32 770(i), 293 Pa Kw CV35 731(1), 283 Captured enemy vehicles in German service, 238 Great Britain, 294 ‘cm Kwk L/42(S1) aut ntantori Pz Kptw Mic 7480). 234 10.5em LeFHT6(S!) aut le Pz Kptw Me IV 736 (0), 284 Gep MG Triger Bren 731(e), 234 USSA,, 238 Miscellaneous captured vehicles, 242 VEHICLE CONTENTS LIST 9 Panzerkampiwagen I and variants Panzerkampfwagen | Ausf A ohne Aufbau Other designation: Krupp Traktor LaS Type: Light armoured tracked vehicle for training use Manvlacturer: Henschel Krupe-Gruson Chassis Nos: 8011-9000 15 produced from Fobruaty to April 1994 MAN, Daimler-Benz, Rheinmetal-Borsi Crow: 2 Engine: Krupe Maas Weight (tons): 3.5 Gearbox: § forward, 7 reverse Lengtn (metres): 4.02 Speed (kan/ne): 37 Width (metres): 206 Range (kin). 145 Height (motes): 1.15 ‘Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom ult 13/27" 13/0 13/15 8/30" History: Prevented by the Trealy of Versailles from possessing or rmanulacturing tanks or similarly designed armoured fighting venicles, Gormany skirted the taly restrictions by producing 15 tank hulls without superstructures, turrets or armament. To. spread production experience as far as possible. we companies had been solecied in 41933 fo produce three vehicles each. The ollicial designation, ‘Lana winschalllichar Schlepper (agricultural tractor) helped disguise tho Tact that any type of tracked armoured vehicle was. being manu. feetuted Specilic features: This vehiclo Ned a Wllyrackad armoured hull. The suspension consisted of a sprackal, 4 road wheels, 2 ih, larger road ‘wheel (also acting as the idler) and 3 return rollers. ‘The forward oad whoe! was cushioned by a coil spring” and hydrnulic shock fbsorber. The other 4 road whesls were mounted in pairs, cushioned by leat springs supported by a girder This girder was. all inal re- mained of a suspension design which related back to development fom a Cardon-Loyd aesian Combat service: Designed as a training vehicle. the turreless Krupp ‘Fraktor was not Inlondad for combat In the Spring of 1994, i vee Issued. to the fist two Panzer regiments, Kraltahelenrkommango (iotorizstio" iasttuctional Command) “Zosten und. Ohvdrul to. give the troops their frst experience of driving a fullytracked armoured vehicle 18 PANZERKAMPEWAGEN I AND VARIANTS (tT Kupo rtone to Koh soeieatins, 1 eh andansnartne Stoo Wf 8 rue at ering school ohices Panzerkamptwagen | Ausf A (Sd Kfz 101) Other designation: LaS (Vs Kfz 617) Type: Machine-gun armed light tank Manulacturer Krupp. Hanschel, MAN, Krupe-Gruson, OsimlerBenz overheated. To reduce thie problem. an ‘sirscoop’ type of louvre Chassis Nos: 9001" 10877, was added to ine rear deck, and two scoops were added 10 the rear 818 produced Irom July 1994 to June 7936 to dellect the exhaust aie Grew 2 Engine: Krupp M305 Combat service: The lirs! complete Pz Kolw | Aus! A were issued in Werrnt {tons}: 5.4 Gearbox: forward, 1 reverse September” 1934, By July 1935, the Kraltlahriehrkommando. had Longin {metres}: 4.02 Speed (km/h). 37 received 475, As new Panzer nile were formed around. cadres ‘iain metas): 208 Range (km): 145, ‘rawn from older units. and because the cadres took their Pr Kofw Height (metres): 1.72 Radio: FuG2 | Aust A with them ae iraining vehicles, by the Beginning of the wat. the Aust “A was scattered "oughout “il the Panzer unis, N was Used extensively in Poland and France, ang wat fssued 10 PZABI 440 which took part in the. invasion of Danmark and Norway. From Tate 1940 until 194%, the Aust A was withdrawn Irom units in ine main combst areas. is tinal service was in Finland in 1941, and in Aemament: Two 7.82mm MG13 Traverse: 360° (hana) Elovation; 12" 418 Sights T2F2 Ammuriion: 2.250 Patr Smk North Ateca, Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Turret 13/10" 19722" 13/22" a/ap 80 Supersirvcture 33/22, 13/28" avi?" 6/82"-90" wal 33/27 19/0 13/15" 6/90 (Gun mantle ¥¥round History: Originally known as the MG Panzerwagen (armoured MG eure) (Ws Ktz 617), the Pz Kolw 1 Aust A was the list German tank to go inlu mass-production. An initial order for 135, given to KeUDD. las quickly expanded by orders for an adsitional 450 in January 1934 Speciic features: The Pz Kpfw | Aus! A had the same hull and sus pension ar the Aus! Ao Aulbau The supersivuclure was Bulll oul ‘ver the tracks with the turret mounted offset to the ight side. This allowed room for the driver's access hatch in the Telt side and root Of me supersiruciure. Bain machine-nuns were mounted coaxially in fhe turrel front in 80 internal moving Qua. mani. Alihough there ‘only {wo erew members. tive vision porls were provided In the Suparsiucture. and siv in the turret, The original design did’ Mol FC pags 42-3. Px ph! Aust Aon prewar manoevs (below) and in Fence during 180 Wide adequate ventilation with the resull that the air-cooled engine labs Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf B (Sd Kfz 101) Other designation: LaS Maybach Type: Machine-gun armed light tank Manutecturer: Henschel! MAN, Daimler-Benz, Krupp-Gruson, Wegmann Chassis Nos: 10478-16500 5 to June 1937 Engine: Maybach NLSBTR Weight (tons): 5.8 Gearbox: 5 forward, 1 reverse engin (mottos): 442 Speed (km/h). 40 Wiath (metres): 2.0€ ange (km): 170 Height (metres): 1.7 Radio: FuGe Armament: Two 792mm MG13. Traverse: 360. (hand) Elevation: 12+ 18 Sight: T2F2 ‘Ammunition: 2,250 Patr Sm Armour (mm/angie}: Front Top/Bottom Turret 2° 9/82"-20" Superstructure 33 6/89°-90" a water 6/90" be underpowered, and its engine was found 10 overh fn the longer chassis the KI Bet Specie features: The Aust B had a longer ch having Iaken over the chassis designed for tho KI Pz Bet Wa. The jension wat. mouiied and resulled in 5 road wheels. 4 return ‘ler whee! elevated 85 8 road Wheel. The rear dei jones with louvres £0 arranged. as. 10 supply and exhaust. sir for the waler-coolee engine. and its radiator. The turret and superstructure were ‘enti with thoso on the AUST A Combat service: The Aust B was issued fo all axsting Panzar units from. 1995 unt 1940. From the later half of 1940 ntl early 1983 it was phased out of s ‘when the Germans invaded Russia in ‘June 1941, only 74 were serving wih Panzer Regiments. The Aust B fed a8 an armoured vehicle for company and battalion mmmnande's. of the Panzerjagerableilung-(Sf) (tanktrunter ce: tachments which were equipped with. selfpropelled antitank guns ‘mounted on German-designed Pana Xo Al 06 Fn, 30 above xpi ahi Panzerkampfwagen | Ausf B ohne Aufbau Other designation: Instandsetzungskraftwagen | Type: Light armoured tracked vehicle for maintenance equipment Manulacturer: Henschel, MAN, Daiinier-Genz, Krupp-Gruson, Wesmann chassis Nos: 10478-16500 464 produced trom 1996 to November 1998 Crew: 2 Engine: Maybach NL3BYR Weignt (tons): 4.0 Gearbox: 5 forward, 1 reverse engin (metres): 4.42 Speed (km/hr): 40 Wiath (metas): 208 Range (km): 170 Height (mets): 1.35, Armour (mm/angie): Front, Sse Rear Top/Bottom, Hut 19/27" 13/0" 33/19" 6/90" History: The Pz Kolw | Aust 8 0 Aufbau was produced to provide sh armoured company with a {ully-vacked repair and maintenance Specific features: This vehicle consisted of the hull of the Aust & ‘minus its turret and supersirueture. Tho rear deck remained in place fo protect tha engine from the elements and to funnel the ventlaion Combst service: Issued to the tepair and recovery sactions of frmoured companies unlil 4947, when N was found to be (09 small fo perform ina recovery rola. From mid 1940,” it sorved mainly as a training vehicle fun 47.48 Tha most is school ahi Daad on ha PK Aust Band ven Pata PST ua? ai he Aur ss At eh he a ise PANZERKAMPFWAGENIAND VARIANTS 21 Kleiner Panzerbefehlswagen (Sd Kfz 265) Type: Light armoured tracked command vehicle Manvlacturer: Daimler-Benz Chassie Nos: 9401-9830, 10478-15200 188 produced trom 1935 to 1937 pve 6 based upon Pz Kplw | Aust A chassis. crew: 2 Weight (Ions): 5:9 Engine: Maybach Wis8TR Goardox: 5 forwara, 1 reverse Length (motos): 442 Spood (krm/nr)- 40 Wiath (metres): 208 Range (km): 170, Height (metres): 1-99 Radio! FuGé and FuG2 Armament: One 7.82mm MG13 or 34 Traverse: nand Sight: KozF2, ‘Ammunition: 900 Pale SK Turst fixed Armour (mm/ahgle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Supersiructure: 19/23" 19/23" 14/20" 4/60" Hult 13/25" 43/0" 19/20" 6/80 History: The kleiner Panzerbetohiswagen was developed as an armoured command vohicle. The Pz Kplw | had “com lor 3 radio feceiver only. ahd had 10 be modilied to accommadate s vansmillor and its operator. Several of thece vehicles ware producad by mossy ing Pz Kptw 1 Aust A, Tho production series was based on the Tangthened chassis which had been developed for the ki P2 Bot Wa, {and later uliized for the Pz Kplsr | Aust 8. Specie features: The KI P2 Bel Wg had the same hull and rear dock as the Pz Kpiw | Aust A, The size of the wuporstuclure was Increased by Reightening the sides. Goth Iransmilting and receiving sels were mounted in this supersitueture. ‘The only armament was proviged by @ machine-gun ina hull mount in the suporsiructure Took, This was laler replaced by a stationary cupola with slits for alt found vision. Aller tho campaign in. Poland. 15mm. armour was f3ded to hull, superstructure and cupola front, and 2mm atmour was added 1o the glacis plate Combat service: Issued to company, Battalion. regimental and brigade headquarters of Panzer units from 1035 until 1840. In late 1940/ early 1941, it was withdrawn trom companies and remaines in service fnly with higher headquarters until ate. 1942. From 1940 i1 was also issued to the signals Dataion ang observation batteries of artillery Fegiments in the Panzer divisions. 22 PANIERKAMPFWAGEN | AND VARIANTS Pe ty veteion of tha Pe Bal Wa baer on tha Aust A fit Sled in tac te Aas ‘om Bt, Tha carmand vee eqgoes with sx fai cauloment nd ran Pio (open pagel HIPs Ge! Wg onermtng nPotns Munitionsschlepper auf Panzerkampfwagen | Ausf A (Sd Kfz 111) Other designation: Gerat 35 Type: Light armoured tracked ammunition carrier ‘5 converted in September 1999 Chassis Nos: 8011-10477 Grew 2 Woight (tons): 5.0 Length (metros) 4.02 Wiath (metres): 208 Height (mots): 14 simour (mm/angle) Supersiructure ut: 13/22" 19/27 Engine: Krupp M305 Gearbox: S forward, 1 reveree ‘Spead (km/hr): 37 Range (km): 95 sige 13/22" 13/0) Rear 1/7 wnt ‘Top/fatiom 67a2"-90" 6/80 History: The Munitionszenlepper was developed to provide the Pan zer Regiments with an armoured vehicle for supelying ammunition to frontline tanks under enemy ie [Specific features: The turret of tho Aust A was removed and the Opening was covered with a segmented armour plate hatch to Drovide overhead protection for the driver and his cargo, Combat service: The Sd Klz 111 vehicle was issued to the supply Companies of Panzor regiments and served in Poland and Franca, Pm 6.57, Mun Slat 2K AA vw ih hom he amour ite PANZERKAMPFWAGENI AND VARIANTS 23 15cm slG33(Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen | Ausf B Type: Self-propelied heavy infantry gun on tank chassis Manufacturer: Alett Chassis Nos 10478-16500 238 converted in February 1940 Crow. 4 Engine: Maybach NLSBTR Walaht (tons): 85 Gearbox: 5 Torward, 1 reverse Longin jmetees):” 467 Speed (km/h): 40 ‘Wiath (metres): 208 ange (km): 140 Hoight (metres). 28 ‘Armament: One 15cm siG33 1/13 Traverse” 125" lelt 124° right (hand) Elovation, 4° +75" Sight: RDIISS Armour (mm/angie): Front Sige ear Top/Bottom Superstevcture 49/22" 13/22" 13/0" 6/83"-90" Hull 13/27 13/0" 13/19" 6/90 Gun shiete: 10/0" 10/0" open open History: Developed to provide armourad infantry with immediate tire support from @ selfpropelied armoured platform which could follow them closely ilo action Specific features: The turret and superstructure were removed trom the P2 Kpiw | Aust B, and a large boxshaped gun shield, open at 109 and fear, was built-on the ul, The 15em SIG (heavy infantry fun). on ls normal field carriage, but without the carriage wheol, fae mounted in this enclosure ‘Combat service: Used to equip sIG(S!) Kompanion (Heavy Infantry Gun {SP} Companies) 701-706, which were allocated 10 six Panzer divisions ‘betora the campaigns’ in Belgium, Holland end France. in May-June 1940, Several were stil in service in mid 1943 with the Todin scrwere Infanterioyeschutz Abteilung of the Sth” Panzer Division in Russig, Pata 605. 15om GIS au Pe Koh ast Bin rae toto Panzerkampfwagen | Ausf C Other designation: Pz Kpfw | nA Type: Light tracked VK601 reconnaissance vehicle Scue faihn ns She Sie Tara WS yo: 80 Seat Sesese Gimmie ond woe (tau sia wae iene) gone Hi ino ute cana el a Px Ko to oe 8 ‘ont ye Basle: Fus Spr Gs airborne operations. Krauss-Maffei received the order to develop Amanat Qe ei aon 192mm Mo Benet, Sts ea wore Se Pats 8061, Pr Koh Aust C. La undrging tals 24 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN | AND VARIANTS vehicles wore to have been fitted with seltiubricating tracks. bul these were dropped in favour of ary pin tracks before the. VKEOI ‘was issuad to combat units in 1948. A more powertul motor, the Maybach HUST, was filed in the final evelopment vehicle, tho ‘vxéoe. Specific features: the Pz Kptw | Aus! © was a completely different esign from the Aust A&B. The suspension had overlapping road laheels sprung with a torsion bar, which allowed the vehicle to attain the high speed of 65 kilometres per hour. The armour thickness was ‘ouble thal of previous P2 Kphw | models. The drivers vision was limited to a visor in the front plate and a second visor immediately to his lett A cupola was fited with 8 periscopes to allow all-round Vision for the commander, whose only other vsion was provided by tha sighting telescopo, The main armament was a large-calibre machine-gun, the EWTé1, which was coaxially mounted with the mess Combat service: Two were issued to the 1st Panzer Division early in 1943 and taken to Russia for combat evaluation. The other 38 had been issued 10 reserve units of Lvlll Pz Ros Korps. (Reserve Tank Corps) at the time of the Normandy invasion in 1944 4.7cm PaK(t) (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen | Ausf B Other designation: Panzeriager Type: Self-propelled anti-tank gun on tank chassis Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz, Skoda Chassis Nos: 10478-16500 202 converiod tram P2 Kplw | Aust B trom March 1940 to February 1941 crew: 2 Engine: Maybach NL36TR. Weight (tons): 6.4 Gearbox: § forward, 1 reverse Length {metres}: 4.42 ‘Speed (km/hr): 40 Wiath (motes): 2.06 Range (km): 140 Height (motres): 2.25, Radio: FuG2 @ Armament: One 4.7em PaK(t) L/49.4 Traverse: 174" lel 174" right (hand) Elovation: 8° 412" Sights ZF2%30° Ammunition. 88 Pate ‘Armour (mm/angle}: Front Sida Rear Top/Sottom Superstrvcture! 19/22" 13/22" 13/0" 6/80 ul 13/27" 19/0" 13/17" 6/90" Gun ahi 445/27" 145/27" open opon History: Developed to provide seltpropelled antitank guns with lrmour protection. First of the many German conversions of standard Panzer chassis, 1 give the Panzerjager mobilly by ullizing otherwise basclasvent vehicles, Specific features: The basic Pz Kolw I Aust B wos modified by remov ing the turret and supersiructure foot and altering the alr intake af the {font of the rear deck. A gun shield, with roar and lop lett open, was Dull up around the superstructure, The 47om Pak (antitsnk gun) was mounted within the shield on a pivoting mount ‘supported by girders Combat service: Issued to § Hoores Pz Jag Abt (Sth Army Tank: Hunter Dstachment). il first saw service in 1940 in Belgium and France. Alter serving in all the major campaigns. it wae phased out late in 1945. es 62.59, 72m aX (SP Koh Aus Bin North Aia(above! ad in ston ‘ing the 1840 xm, " PANZERKAMPFWAGEN | AND VARIANTS. B Panzerkampfwagen | Ausf F Other designation: Pz Kpfw I nA Verstarkt Type: Heavily armoured VK 1801 infantry assault tank (machine-gun armed) Manufacturer! Krause Matte: Chassis Nos. 150307-150390 30 produced trom April to Dacember 1942 Crew. 2 Engine: Maybach HLASP. Weight (tons): 21.0 Gearbox! 4 forward, 1 reverse Lengin (metres): 4.38, Speed (km/hr): 25 Wiath (metves): 2.04 Range (km): 150 Height (motres): 2.05 Radio: FUSS: Armament: Two 7.62nm MG34 Traverse: 960" (hand) Elevation: — 10" +20" Sight. T2F8 Armour (mm/sngle}: Front Side Rear Top/Batlom Turet: 80/0" S0/10" 50/0" 25/90 Superatructure eov10* 0/0" S0/10" 26/90" Hull 80/20" 50/0" 50/14 25/90" Gun mantet 80/round History: Further development of the P2 Kolw |, with the heaviest ossible armour as the main design feature. The iniial arder of 30 iver on 22 December 1999, waa filled, Dut an additional order for 00 was cancelled belore production began. The tinal development vetiele, the VK1802, was Bull with the VGIS3I9 pre-selector gear box Speciti: features: The Aust F had a ‘Schachleliautwerk’ (interleaved ‘suspensien) wilh overlapping road wheels and a torsion bar suspen: Sion. IIs. Blmm frontal armour was inpenetrable by most ant-lank Guns of Ihe period. The commander had 5 periscopes sol in the {ret fool for vision 10 tho front ane sides. plus a binocular Teles cope tor sighting the machino-guns. Vision Yor the driver was pro Vides By a sliding shutter vieor in 6. superstructure front, anda Periscope mounted in the hull rool on the drivers leit sige, Eombat service: Eight wore isgued to the Ts! Panzer Division early in 4949 and taken to Russia for combat evaluation in the summer of 1943, Palos 646, Px Kotw | Aut F: Pat shows the §waro0e8 ‘he ee rot 2 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN | AND VARIANTS. ots #748. Lcungsige aul Po Ket Ast the varson chan Pues had © ‘Satond te voici, while that Plate 68 Spee Sta hom vk ate Fine 65" Srnenour au om Po Kot ie 7. Paar at PK ft, Munson wt Pe Ko Type: Demolition charge-iaying tank History: The Ladungslager wore dovices ‘ited to the rear deck of the Pz Kohw | lo allow a charge 10 be placed near obstacles and detences in order to clear a path for assault troops. Two versions fristed. The first allowed the charge to fall behind the tank: the Second had a eable-oporated arm which pivoled over the tank 10 place the 0k charge ahead Briikenleger auf Panzerkampfwagen | ‘Type: Armoured History: The Brikenieger aut Fast Pz Kofw I used tho Aust A chassis, but inadequate suspension of these vehicles made the idea imprac: Hlesble, The bridges were Ieter used {or similar vehicles based on the Pz Kp I Combat service: The Ledungsleger device was mounted on ton Pe Kptw | Aust B of the 3 Pz Pioniere Kp (Sd Armoured Enginoors Company) of each Pioneer Battalion in the Panzer Divisione Ausf A Flammenwerfer auf Panzerkampfwagen | Ausf A Type: Flame-thrower tank Hietory: In praparation for the ssaault on Tobruk, the Engineers of 5 (0 Division (Sth Light Division). of the Devische Alrika Korps, Converted. several Pz.Kolw I AUS! A to. flamethrower tanks. Tho portable Flammenwerler replaced the righthand machine-gun in the turret. Fuel capacity allowed between 10 and 12_one-secona bursts, with a maximum range of 25 metres, These Flammpanzer Were issued to the sth Tank Regiment Munitionsschlepper Ausf Panzerkampfwagen la und Ib Type: Ammunition carrier History: From the spring of 1942, obsolete Pz Kptw | wore converted to load.carrirs by the fiting of 8 larQ®. steel box in place of the tush. This. box: was covered by a Canvas tilt From early 1943, howover, an order was issued that all remaining P2 Koh | be con: Yemteo. fo “Munitionssehiepper ohne Aufbau" (ammunition. tractors lathout superstructure). Those were olten crested by removing only the tutret and not the superstructure as incicated in the order, The turrets removed from these vehicles, and trom the earlier seit propelled gun conversions, were used for permanent fortlications In May 1944, of the G11 PE Kpfw 1 turrets avallabla, S11 had already bean reloased for this purpose. The Munilionsschlepper converted in 1942 were issued to various P2 formations inclusing 1 SS Leip standarte “Adoit Hiller. From 1943, tha. Pz divisions. eonvorted the tanks sill in their possession PANZERKAMPFWAGENIAND VARIANTS 27 Panzerkampiwagen II and variants Panzerkampfwagen Il Ausf a/1, a/2 und a/3 (Sd Kfz 121) Other designation: 1 Serie LaS 100 Type: Light tank Manutacturer: MAN, Daimler-Benz Chassis Nos. 2006-20075, 75 produced ftom May 1898 to Fabruary 1937 crew: 3 ‘Engine: Maybach HLS7TR Weight (tone): 7.6 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Lengin (metres): 4.38 Speed (km/h). 40 with (imetras}: 2-14 Flange (km): 200 Height (meres): 1.95 Rado: Fess ‘Armament: One 2em KwK30 L158. One 7.92! MG3é Traverse! 360" (nana) = Erovation: 33°" 20" = Sight: 24 = ‘Ammunition: 180 Pzgr & Spor 2.250 coe! a — 2 PANZERKANPEWAGEN II AND VARIANTS Armour (em/angie): Front Side Pear Tep/Battom Turret. $8/round 13/22" 13/22" 6/56°-90 Supersiructure: 13/9" 19/0" 43/9" 8/80" 8 10/70 hs $2/round 13/0" 13/0" 5/90 Gun mantle: $5/round History: Originally identiieg as the “2em MG Panzerwagen’ (Vs Kfz 622). the Pr Kplw 11 was dosigned to supplement the Pz Kot | by Droviding an automatic’ weapon capsble of ting” both high explosive round and an avmourpiarcing round. The desian period was very short the initial order fora tank dosign in the fon elses was issues by the Wallenamt (Orénance Deparment) in July 1254, 8nd the first complete soft steel prototype was put though Ite paces in October 1995 Nuny of the’ teething ‘problems had nol bosn Worked ou! when rapid expansion of the armauted units (and int Baatonal politics} Toreed the decision 10 order the comparative Targe nuntber of twentylive ia each of Ihe experimental, develonment series, invlead of Ihe Uscal two o¢ the. ‘Specie features: Alter produclion of the first ten Aust a/1, a welded rear idler replaced the original rubberiyred, ‘cast rear’ idler An improvement was made with the Aust a/2 by designing the fre root engine cornpariment ‘wll co that i! could. be removed. tram The crew compartment. anda large port was installed under 1 ‘motor foF acca [ager radiator improves, Combat service: The Pz Kplw Il wore fist issued to Panzae units In the" spring of 1938. Assigned 10 platoon and company commansers, they Were also used 9 equip-a full platoon in each company, fF rankversustank ensiagemants. They retained their main combal lark Bails. in Poland. but were tnally relegated to a recomnalssance fxplatation role curing the campaign in the West. When the Russian ‘eampaign started.exch Parger Regiment,Panzer De'achment and Panzer {0 the wel pimp Ando titer. The Aust 9/3 "00 8 ostalled. and the springs for the suspension were ‘Company had a platoon ct Pz Kplw ll assigned for reconnaissance. In 1942, thase.plaloons were withdrawn from lark companies. The > Kplw i'w phased out of serview with tank regiments fata in 7943, but remained! in sor Until the end of the war will various Panzer units on secondary fronts Pate 72. Kyo's proton” vei 1038 Ps Koh I speciation, Sho tse ony aecgranen RA was eed ae RAT Reto cles ne Br Kot y tng» eae Pato73 Pr kote tks! a." 8/2 anda showing hes pated na Contrandars peacobe Gafachenshe f mad Bacséna hut Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf b (Sd Kfz 121) Other designation: 2 Serie LaS 100 Type: Light tank Manulaclurer: MAN. Daimler-Benz Pats 74.78 Ka Alb: nate atthe voile shown Below is eauiened with yoo Manulactorer: MAN. Oaimle ‘rake dochrgat a here 25 produced from February to March 1997 Grew 3 Engine: Maybach HL62TA Weigh! (Hons): 7.8 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Length (metees)= 4.76 Speed (km/hr). 40 Wisin (motees): 2. Range (km): 200 eign (metres) 1.96 Radio: Fuas Armament: One 2em Kwk30.L/5S One 7.82mm M1G38 Traverse! 360° (hand) ion; 84" +20 Sight 124 = Ammunition: 180 Pzgr & Spar 2.250 Armaur (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Boltom Gun manttet, 15/round ? il oF < Specie features: An entire series of modiicalions was made to improve the P2 Kofw tl, and these were incorporated in the Aust 0 ‘The mounting for the’ tinal drves, Wrarsmussion ang larger motor wore strenginened. A new drive sprocket, wider/smalloe retora rollers land wider road wheels slong with a wider Wack Were added, The Springs for ihe suspension wore modilied to prevent. slipping and Ddreakage, and brackels were eaded 10 strengihen the support for teach pair ol f080 wheels, The rear section of each fencer was hinged So that st ould be raised to prevent the buildup of mud ane other Storie. The venilatian and eooling of the engine compartment was improved, and a dilfavent style of exhaust mutier was instalod, Combat service: The Aus! was employed in the Same fashion as the Pe Kptw ll Aust a/1-a/9, PANZERKAMPFWAGENIIAND VARIANTS 29 Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf c, A, B und C (Sd Kfz 121) Other designation: 3, 4, 5, 6 und 7 Serie LaS 100 Type: Light tank Manulecturor: MAN, Daimler-Bonz, Henschel, Wegmann, Alket, MIAG. FAMO. Chassis Nos: 21101-27000 1113 produced trom March 1997 to Apsil 1940 Grew: 3 Engine: Maybach HLE2T® Weight (tons): 89 Gearbox: 6 forward, 7 reverse engin (metres): <0 Speed (km/hr). 40 With (metres): 2.22 Range (km): 200 Height (metres): 199 Fado: FuGS Armament: One 2em KwK30 L/S5 One 7.92mm MG34 Traverse: 360" (hand) Elovation: 9)" 20" Sight! TZF4 (Aust ©} TZF4/96 (Aust A & 8) TZF4/38 (Aust C) Ammunition: 180 P2gr & Seg 2.250 Sm Armour (mm/angle):Front Side Rear__‘Ton/Battom Ture ‘is/eound 145/22" 145/22" 10/88 80. Superstricture: —14.5/9"14.8/0" 1458/9" 10/81"-90 ull 1aS/roune 14'5/90° 45/8" 145/73'~63" + 5/90" Gun mantle 8/round History: The tinal model of the development series was the Aust c wien bore the external features that came to be tecognized as the Slandard design for the Pe Kptw il, The Aus! ¢ retained the Tamm {armour of the Aust b. The AUST A was ihe Wes! production series and was. built trom July 1937. The Aust & was produced trom Decomber 1937, tho Aust, from June 1938, Specltic features: With the Ausi ¢. the suspension was changed from six small 1026 wheels to five independently. spruna larger aia meter road wheels. and the number of rolurn rllore was increases from three 10 four ‘The track deuan was changed (which meant that the drive sprockets had to be modified) and wider fendere and idler wheels were installad. The ventilation and cooling al the engine Compartment was again improved. The tinal dives and epicyclic steer ing system on 25 of the Aus! © wore manulactured (fom an “ersatz {substivte) molyodenum’ steel The tast maior change in the Pz Kptw II sories was the introduction of an improved transmission in. the Aust A. There were only minor Sillerences (mainly changes t0 the vision paris\ Between the AUST A B and C. AS orginally produced. all tne Pr Kp Il Aus! c, A to C hhad a spit haten on the lurrel roo! lor the commander, and 9 funded hull front, The Polish antitank rifle could easily penetrate the igmm armour of the Pz Kaw Il. and the traops requested thal it be strenginened. By May. 1940. additional 20mm armour plates nad been bolted to the leon! of the (ureet, superstevcture and Noll ron! of approximately 70. per cent of the Pr Kplw il Aus! © to C, and the Linmour of ihe remainder had been increased belore the invasion of Russia Buring the campaign in Poland. commanders had complained of limited. vision, and nad teavstered the. same complnint during. the ampaian in the West From October 1940, thes detect was romedioa Sy'the provision of & il with eight periscopes for the commander s Combat service: The Aus! c, A. B and © were employed in the same ‘wey as the earlier Aust @ ana 8. the ear models. Aust Ay, Bons site ers et th aon ‘RUS A. wth difteront divers iso and vison pars. Be 6S nea Sagi a usoroon roduc ith Ye Aud c Frote 60. Fe Rah At A. wath ro wove hl ny BS teen comm ose son ma tet anid einer Bea Wg Sra, obcenavan conversion al the Pe Kobe 30 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 1 AND VARIANTS. Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf D und E (Sd Kfz 121) Other designation: 8 Serie LaS 138 Type: Light tank for cavalry units Manutacturer: MAN Chassis Nos: 27001-28000 43 produced trom May 1938 to August 1939 Crow: 3 Engine: Maybach HLE2TAM Weight (tons): 10.0 Gearbox. 7 forward, 1 reverse: Length (metres): 465 Spoed (km/hr): 55 Wiath (metres): 23 Range (km): 200 Height (metres): 208 Radio: FuGS: ‘Armament’ One 2cm KWK30 L/55 One 7.92mm MGI Traverse: 960" (hand) = Etevetion: — 91" +20" Sight) T2F4/36 = Ammunition: 180 Por & Spor 2,250 Armour (mm/angle): Front Side, Rear Top/Botiom Tart MS/roune 14.5/22° 145/22" 10/76"-90" Superstructure 30/9 145/0" 14.5770" 10/90"=79° Ful aoa 1485/0" 14570" 5/90" Gun mantiet 16/round History: The Pz Kolw I Aus! D and E were developed to give the cavalry 9 hight tank for pursuit ang reconnaissance, with a top speed fof S8ki/hr instead of the normal speed of 40k Specific features: The entire hull, superstructure and suspension were of a dillarent design trom the normal Pz Kptw {I series, but the furret remained the same. The superstructur@ Wont was in one straight plece and hed two dovbleshullered visors, one on the lett for the driver and one on tha right for the radio operator This was the fret Pa kph to use a lorsion-dar Suspension and a pre-selactive ‘gearbox. Instead of the fhe singletyred road wheels and four return fellars of the normal Pz Kpfw Il series, the Aus! D and E had four large doublesyred road wheels which also served to roturn the wack, The latler was also redesigned. with centre guides replacing the double horn guides. The dry pin track of the Aust D was replaced by bricated pin track whicn necessitated the use of -nawly: esignad drive sprockets, idlars and toad whee's Combat service: The Pz Kl Il Ausf D and € were {0 be iesled to the tank detachments of the leichter (light) Divisionen. Only sufficient to equip a single Panzerabteilung wore. completed, and it 's uncertain i these saw action, even in Poland. In March 1940, they were withdrawn for conversion to Pz Kofw Il Flamm ({lame-throwers) 32 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN II AND VARIANTS Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F (Sd Kfz 121) Other designation: 9 Serie LaS 100 Type: Light reconnaissance tank Manulacturer: FAMO Chassis Nos" 28007-28694 524 produced trom March 1941 to December 1942 Crewe 3 Engine: Maybach HL62TR Weight (tons): 9.5 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Lengtn (metres): 4.61 Speed (km/hr). 40 iain (metres): 2.28 Range (km): 200, Height (metres): 2.15 Radio. FuGS: Armament: Ong 2em Kwk30 L/S One 7.92mm Meas Traverse: 360° (hand) 7 Elevation: 9)" 420" Sight: 7274 : Ammunition: 120 Pz9r & Spor Armour (mm/angla): Front Rear Top/Bottom Turret 80/round 15/21" 40/77"-80 Superstructure 3/10" 15/9 15/90°-10/82 ut asia" 15/75/90! Gun mantiet S0/rouna History: The Aust F was the final model of the normal P2 Kofw 1) atlas. It was to have been in production by mic 1940, Bul delays Pte $6.67, Ka ust F above gM, singin North Abe: blow, otha of ‘nsmoured eam on the Runs Fron “aie ° Jn design set production back until March 1941 iM wae decided to mount the 7.Sem Pak40.on the P2 Kphw il chassis ‘with tha result thal_an order of 20 June 1942 slated inal $0 per cent St the Pz Kptw Il production was to be 7.5em Pakao (SI). In duly 1942, @ further directive decreed that with effect trom August. 1982 ail Pz Kpfw Il production was to be as chassis for the 7.Sem Pakad (Si). This was circumvertag when FAMO. produced the last ‘ileen Px Koby I) Ausf Fin December 1842, which completed the original ffder af Aust F a6 P2 Kptw Ih Special features: instoad of the rounded hull ol the previous models the front hull of the Aust F was made Irom 19. The front of the superstructure was also redesigned a ona flat 30mm plate extending soross the width of tha hull, and 3 dummy visor of aluminium way filled on the right-hand side of the Grivers dovble-shunared visor The only change. to the suspension 193s the new conical design oi the idler wheel. The thickness of zhe turret front plates and gun mantlet was increased to 3omm, which maintained the same basic design as the ealier series, The com mander's eight-periscope cupola was insialieg a6 a slandard produc Ton tar Combat service: The P2 Kolw Il Aust F was employed in the same way a8 the Pz Kplw ll Aust 8/1 to 8/3, Early in June 1942, Panzerkampfwagen II Flamm Ausf A und B (Sd Kfz 122) Other designation: Flamingo Type: Light flame-thrower tank Chassis Nos 27001-28000 S12 trom direct production plus 43 converted from Pz Kplw 11 Aust O 12 € from January 1940 to March 1942 crow: 3 Engine: Maybach HL62TRM Weight (tons): 120 Gearbox: 7 torward, 3 averse engin (metres): 49 ‘Speed (km/h). 58 Whath (metres): 24 Range (kr): 250, Height (metres): 185 Ragio: FuGe Armament: Two Flammenworler- One 782mm MG24 ‘anlagen Traverse” 180° (hand) 360° (nana) Elevation tor +10" Sight. direct ko2re Ammunition: 320 litres fuel 1.800 ‘Armour (mm/angle): Front Sido Rear Top/Batiom Turret 30/0" 20/21" 20/30" 10/04"-20" Superstructure: 0/9" 145-25 + 145/15" 10/79°-80 15/0" Hut 30/9" 145/0" 14.5/¢ 5/90" History: Early in 1999, the Waltenam! realised the need of an armoured vehicie mounting. flame-hrowars which could flush an ‘enemy itom bunkers and other ‘orliied positions, On 21 January 1898," an order was. placed for an OSerie [pre-production series) of 90 flame-throwers On the Pz Kpfw ll, Aust D chassis were com: 34 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Il AND VARIANTS. pleted for this purpose as early as April 1939, and a soft steel proto type was completed in July. 1939. Final production of the O-Sorie Staried in May 1940, end tho last three of this series were completed in February 1843. A second order for 150 sas begun in August 1941 Dut only 65 had been completed by March 1942, when praduction ceased, and the chasels wera utlized to produce tha P2 St! {Ur Te2em Pak36(r) (Armoured SP Mounting’ | for 7.62em antitank gun 36 (Russian) Specific features: The Pz Kplw II (Fl) had the same basic chassis fat the Pz Koh Il Aus! 0 & © The Pe Kptw il turret wae replaced by 2 smaliar turret mounting a single MG34. and two flamethrower Units ware mounted on the front corners of the superstructure over the tracks. The fuel for the flame-hrowere was stored internally, and armoured compartments wore added to the sides of the supersuc tute to hold four tanks of compressed nitrogen, The second series, idantiied as Aus! 8, had a new sprocket design and further minor improvements in the suspension. Combat service: The P2 pf 11(Fl) lirst saw sonvice In June 1981 in Russia. with Panzerabledungen which ad been trained In. their Use as closesupport vehicles. The Datlaionssized unit proved too Farge for optimum employment of the vehicle, and the relatively thin armour and. highlyliammabie fuel caused many casualties, These Considerations led tothe ceorganization of the two. llamothrowar battalions as normal Panzer units eatly in 1942, and the Pz. KoN II(E1) wore returned to Ordnance for conversion (0 7.62em Paki) So. Paves 88.48 2X 1 Pate roi a finad on the Act Es, oop Sa Tne vehi hae Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf G Other designation: Pz Kpfw Il nA (VK901) Type: Light reconnaissance tank Manufacturer: MAN Chassis Nos: 150001-150075 12 produced fram Apri 1941 to February 1942 Crew: 3 Engine: Maybach HLESP Weight (tons): 10 Goarbox: 5 Torward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 4.24 ‘Speed (kev/h): 50 Wiath (metres): 238 Range (km): 200, ight (metres): 205 Armament, One EWI41 MG. One 792mm MGS Traverse 360" (hand) = Sight, TZF10 = Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Ture a0” S/ 157 Superstructure: aor0 15/0" 157 ut 20/20" 18/0" 45/ {Gun mantle aQ/round History: The VK901 was a further evelopment of the Pz Kotw II Series, the main design objective being an incresse in speed. The frder was istuod on 18 June 1938 for MAN to develop the chassis, Gnd DaimlerBen to develop. the superstructure and turret The frder was for an OSere” of 75, with production {0 start in October $840. The prototype of the chassis was completed late in 1888, but the many modifiestions delayed production, and of the entire order ‘only twelve were completed Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf J Other designation: Pz Kpfw Il nA Verstarkt (VK1601) Type: Heavily-armoured reconnaissance tank Manufacturer: MAN ‘Chasis Nos. 150201150222 22 produced Irom April a Decomber 1942 Crew: 2 Engine: Maybach HLASP Wieiant (tons): Gearbox. 5 forward, 1 reverse Speed (km/h). 3 ‘Armament: One 2em KwK36 L/S5 One 7.92mm MGA2 190 ‘eaverse. 960 (hand) = Sight) T2F4/38 ‘Armour (mm). Front Side Rear Top. Tuner a 50 SO Superstructure: e505 wut e050 Gun mantle 20/round Histon: The VK1801 was 9 further development of the Pz Kptw II Series the main objective being the provision of maximum possible frmour protection, while retaining tho original weight ‘The develop- it a Rar fer enue vel carson Pe Kat I pata 922 Koh At 6 ‘Specitic features: The VK901 had a complately redesigned suspen: sion. with tive pairs of overlapping road wheels, sprung on torsion bars. AS in the previous Aust , © and F, the hull front was Dox: shaped, Bul devoid of hatches. The driver” and ragio operator ‘entered through the superstructure root hatches, and were provides wih vision parts to their front and. sides The turret, mounted Centrally. was devold of vision porte. The commander's vision was Supplied by the periscopes in the cupola, and by the gun sight Combat service: No evidence has been found of the VKG0! naving Boon issued to unite. for frontline service, Twenty-seven of the VK901 turrets were released for use in foriled emplacements as stationary pllboxes ment order for sn ‘Serie’ was issued on 22 December 1959. De YYelopment of the chassie wae entrusted to MAN, and of the ture, to Daimier Benz. The prototype was completed in June 1940, and production was to have started in December of that year. Various Selays were encountered, however, and only twentylwo VK16D) were completed Specilie. features; The VK1601 had a Schachiellautwork {inter leaved suspension) of similar design to that of the VK9D%, but mare strongly bull inorder 10 euaport the addiional weight. The hull-and superstructure were bull as one unit—a departure tram the Rormal German practice up 10 this time, of superstructure bolted fo tho hull Access for the drver and radio operator was facilitated by citcular halehes in the hull sidos. The commander's access was through the turret roof, via_a cupola which was equipped with periscopes, Combat service: Seven VK1601 were issued to 12th Panzer Division, Which saw service on the Eastern Frost during 1943. In 1944, a Vk7601 was found minus its Weel, and with a jib filed, to create & rudimentary BargePanzerwagen (Armoured Recovery Vehicle). PANZERKAMPFWAGENIIAND VARIANTS 35, Panzerkampfwagen II neuer Art Ausf Other designations: VK903, VK 1301 Type: Light reconnaissance tank Manvtacturer: MAN, Chassis Nos 200001-200008 (VK 1301) 4 Viki201 produced in August 1942; VK903 prototypes only crow: 3 Engine: Maybach HL66P Weight (tons): 10.5 Goarbox: 4 forward, 1 reverse ‘Speed (km/hr): 85 ‘Acmament: One Gerat One zem KwK3E L/S5 One 7.9%mm MGA 202 oF Traverse 360" - Sight Tar4/38 = Armour (mm) Front Side Rose Top Turret 30 Superstructur: 3 ful 3% Gun manier: 30/t0und History: The VK903 was to have baen the production version o the ‘earliar vK801 (Pz Kptw II nA Aust G), having increased side armour, Gilferent twensmission anda higher spead. in’ March 7942, 1 was Gecides to replace the SSG 42 gearzox by the tranemission of IRE Pe Kptw 38(1) nA in production modals, Tha total order wae for 200 Vehicles, with 120 to be bull between April and December 1942 Delays set the projected produclion stant ‘date back to September 1842, but by this time, the project haa been canceled. The VK1304 was inlended © a heavier reconnaissance vehicle to be built alongside the VK903. I was to have Had tho Sem Kwk90/1, Dut, filed with the 2em KwK9B, it was the forerunner of the Aust L (91308). Specitic features: Both vohiclas ware similar in appearance to the PE Kpfw Il-Aust L(VK1303), ilfering only in armour thickness Combat service: None, Panzerkampfwagen Il Ausf L (Sd Kfz Other designations: Pz Sp Wg II, VK1303, Luchs Type: Light reconnaissance tank Manufacturer: MAN Chassis Nos: 200101-200200 100 produced from Soptember 1943 to January 1844 plus 4 converted fom VKT301 Crew: 4 Engine: Maybach HLESP Weight itons): 13.0 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse engin (metros): 4.69 Speed (km/hr)! 60 Wiaih (metres). 2.48 Flange (km): 200 Height (metres): 221 Radio: FuGI2-+FUG Spra Armament. One 2cm KwK38 L/55 One 7.92mm MG34 Traverse: 360° (hand) 2 Elevation: — 9° +18" Sight T2F6/38 2280 Ammueition: 330 Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear ‘Top/Battom Turret ag/i0° 20/21 20/21 12/79"-00" Superstructure: 30/10" 20/0" 20/28" 10/86*-80 al Gun mantis 20/20" So/rouna 20/0" 20/28 0/90" History: The Luchs (Lynx) was developed as a lullyracked armoured fecenmaissance vehicle. The development order wes iscusd of 15, ‘Apri 1939, wiih production to begin in August 1942. MAN developed the chassis ond Daimler-Bene, the superstructure and turret. The tirst, tral vehicle was completed in April 1942. The inilis! order was for 800 Luens. the first 100 with the dem KwK38 and the remainder with the ‘Sem Kwk 39/7 L/60 (designated Leapard). However the Sem KwK 39/7 Version was never produced, because an order issued in January 1943 ‘decrand that production cease aller the firet 100 Luche had’ been completed Specitic leatures: Tho VK1903 relained the same suspension and Dull design as its predecessor, the VKO0'. The superstructure was Widened, oxtending aver the Wacks 19 allow a larger turret tobe mounted, The turret lacked @ cupola and Vision ports. In their place, {wo revolving periscopes were ilies to the turret rool to. provide Vision for tha gunner and commander, 26 PANZERKAMPEWAGEN II AND VARIANTS, Hund M 123) ‘Puta 7-98 Px Kobw'l Aust: Plat 87 enous ne vil n sence e tha Russian Fn "Rote he sdaonlsrmour onthe oss ste) awe Combat service: Issued to the Panzer-Autkidrungs-Ablailungen (At moured Reconnaissance Oetachments) of the Panzer divisions, Wt Served on the Eastern and Waslarn fronts until the end of the war 15cm sIG33 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II (Sf) Type: Setf-propelled heavy infantry gun on tracked carriage 12 produced in November and December 1941 Engine. Maybach HL62TAM Gearpox: 6 Torware, 1 reverse Speed (km/hr): 40 2 Langth (metres): 9.41 With (matres): 26 Range (km). 160, Height (motes): 1.8 Fadia: FuG Spr ‘Armament, One 1Sem si33 L/12 One 792mm MGI Traverse: 10" (hand) loose. Sight ROIS cirect Bmmuntion: 30 Armour (mm/angie): Front Side Raar_Top/Betlom Suparstrcture: 0/9" 15/90" 13/10" $790" wal BOIS 18/0" 15/15" 5/00" {Guin mantiot: sone Gun ehield 15/10" 18/20" open open History: Alter the success of the 1Sem sIG33 aut Fast Pe Kptw | (St) in France in 1940, plane wore made to mount this heavy infan: iy oun on a, moro suitable ehassis, and to drastically lower its Folght. A prototype was built on a Pz Kptw Aus! B chassis in February 1941 when it wae restiged that the normal chassis did not provide sutficient roam” for the large gun. A new chassis wes lanned using basic Pz Kptw It components and was 10 havo been Feady for production in July 1947. Because ‘of design problems and olays. however, the twelve 15cm sIG33 (St) were net delivered Unt fate 1047 Specific features: The chassis for this vehicle was basically a Pz Kptw Il chassis which had been widened by 32cm and lengthened by 60cm to sccommodale the t3cm_siG33 and. maintain alow sithouette. This lengthening required tne addition of @ sixth road whee! fon each sie, bul no further suspension changes wore required. Tho fighting compartment was formed by 15mm plates on the front and ‘sides, bul was open on top and at the raar. The engine coding was ‘relly incrassed by large hatches on the rear deck which could be raced open to allow a large volume of cooling air to circulate, Combat service: All twelve 15cm sIG 1 auf P2 il wore. shipped 10 North Area early in 1942. with the 707 end 708 sG Kp (St) (Heavy Infantry Gun Companies (SP). They took part in the spring offensive ‘a1 Gazala, and all furthes major ollensives in North Alrica with the Deutsches Atrika Korps unt the last of them were eliminated in the spring of 1943, Pats 9-10. 16m 163 au Fst Ps Kofw Il St Plate Orzhawe the orton wei Gefechts Aufklaérer VK 1602 Other designation: Leopard Type: Medium reconnaissance tank Prototypes incomplete when project was cancelled in 1942 crew: 4 Engine. Maybach HL1S7P Weigh! (tons): 21.9 Gearbox: & forward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 4.74 Speed (km/hr: 60. ‘wiih (metres): 3.1 Radio: FuG2 oF FuGS. FuGs Height (metres): 26 Armament: One Sem KwK29/1 One 7.92mm MG34 Travarso: 960" (hand) 7 Elevation; 10" “+20 Sight: TZF 7 Ammunition: 60 2.400 Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Ture: 50/20" 30/25" 30/25" 30/ Suparstructure: 50/50" 30/0" 30/20, Hulls so” 30/0" 30/20-28/80 Gun mantiot: Seukopiblende History: Intendes asa heavy armoured reconnaissance vehicle. its evelopment was discussed by Hiller in March 1942, MIAG we fenirustes with the chassis construction and Daimler-Benz, the turret. All dasign work was to have been ready by the end of October 1942. Production was to have slarted In Apr! 1949 wilh projected output of 105 Leopards by December 1943, and 150 in spring 1944. A full- Size mock-up had Been prepared by ihe end of May 1942. The project was Cancelled even belora the prototypes were ready because of hanging requirements a¢ the war progressed. A competing design known as the VKIE? was issued to Porsche and Skoda. Specille features: Susponsion layout was. simular 10 thal of the Pz Kptw i Aust L- Frontal armour was sloped in a similar fashion to ‘he Panther. The turret developed for thie vehicle was subsequently ullized on the Reavy 82a (B-wheeled armoured car) Sd Kiz 234/2 ‘Puma Combat service: None. PANZERKAMPFWAGEN II AND VARIANTS 37 Panzer Selbstfahrlafette 1 fiir 7.62cm PaK36(r) auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf D' und D? (Sd Kfz 132) Other designation: LaS 762 ‘Type: Self-propelled captured anti-tank gun on tank chassis Manufacturer: Alkett, Wegmann Chassis Nos. 27001-26000 201 converted irom Apri 1882 to June 1943 Crew: 4 Engine: Maybach HL62TRM ‘weight (Jons): 11.5 Gesroox 7 lorward, 3 reverse engin (metres): 565 Speed (km/h) 55 Wiatn (metres): 23 Haight (metres): 26 Armament: One 7.626% Pak36 Range (ken): 220 haga. FuG Spr d One 792mm M36 Wa Traverse: §0° (hand) feos Elevation: ~5" +16" loose Sight) 2°3%8. direct Ammunition 30 00 Armour (mm/angie): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Superstrvcture 30/9" 14.5/20" 145/15" open ul 39/0" 44.5/0" 1458/0" 5/90) Gun shievs 445720" 145/18" open open History: On 20 December 1941, an order was. oven to Alkett to Gevelop 2 sell-propelied antitank. gun by mounting tho capture Ts2em on the Las 138 chass'2 The intial order for 169 was com plated by 12 May 1942. and an additional §0 supsrsuctures were Drdered So that furthor Pz Si 1 (Armoured SP Mounling 1) could be produced wom the chassis of Pz Kotw It (F] returned for repair. The Turrets of the P2 Kpfw Il (F) wore later used in permanent Torilica tions. By May 1944, a total of 88 Such furts had bean released for Specific features: The null and superstructure remained unchanged Irom those designed for the Pz Kptw il Aust D. E and Flamm. The eat = 3 Other desigrfation: Marder II Type: Self-propelled anti-tank gun on tank chassis, Manulacturer: FAMO, MAN, Daimler enz Chassis Nos: 28001 79550 576 praduced from June 1942 to June 1943 75 converted trom Pe Kp il rem July 1942 to March 1944 Grew: 3 Engine. Maybach HLB2TRM Weight (tons): 10.8 Gearvox: 6 lorward, 1 reverse Lengin (metros): 6.36 Speod {kevin 40 Wiath (motes) 228 190 Height (metres): 22 ‘Armament, One 780m Pakao/2 One 7.92mm MG34 Traverse. a2" loll 25° right (hand) loose Ulavation: a" +10" "ose Sight: 273% oirect Ammunition: 37 00 ‘Armour |mm/angie): Front Side Rear To}/Bottom Superstructure 30/10" 10/8 10/0°+open 10/ open Hult as/i3* 15/0 15/7" 5/90 Gun ehieta 2 Ai30" 38 PANZERKAMPEWAGEN II AND VARIANTS 7.5em PaK40/2 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen Il (Sf) (Sd Kfz 131) height of the superstructure front and sides was inoreased to form 2 iighting compartment. The T62em Pak35(r) was mounled in this Enclosure ona modiieg field carriage which incarporsied @ gun Shield to protect the crew during combat Combat service: The 7.62em Pak(r) aut Fest Pz Kolw I) (Sf) were Eaued te. the Penveriagerableilungen (Sf) (TankHunter Delacr ments {SP)} of the Panzer ane Panzer-Grenadier [Armoured and rmourod.Infantey) “visions from Apri 1942. and to unite which fought mainly. in Russia. Phased oul ‘of Ironiline service early in 1944, the. 7.62em Pak(" (SI) had accomplished its role ag a stop" ‘Gap unt! bettar designs Could be lelded Paty 102304 The tvs versions of 7 Sem Pan au Fast Pe Kah I (1 whieh vans we History: On 13 May 1942, i was questioned whether the Pz Kptw Il then i production at @ rate al $0 per month. was stil adequale in a combat role, or whether it should be replaced by the 7.5em PaKsO ‘mounted on'the P2 Kptw Il chassis. Early in June, it was decided 10 Produce 50 per cent of the series as 75cm Pak SI. and later in the ‘month, it was decided that at least 75 per cent (100 per cent. ne Army ‘so desires) of all new production was to be 75cm Paka Production was cut short in June 1943, 10 give all of tho Pz Kptw i Fast to Wespe (Wasp) production, From July 1943 to Match 1944 ‘an addiionst seventy.ive Pak40/2 were mounted on converted Pz Kptw Il Ausf ¢, A.B, C and F chassis, Specific features: The hull ang superstructure front remsined the Same as the basic Pz Kplw 11 Aus! FA superstructure was ull 19 ferm a tghing compartment, The upper alt of the. feld-cariag rmaunt for the Sem PaksO was retained. but modiliad wilh girders Yo form the support for tho ant-iank gun Combat service: The Sd Kiz 13} was issued 10 Panzenager detach ments (SP) from July 1942. 1 remained in active service until Iho fend of the war, serving on all major fronts. Pata 15-106 7 Sem Po0/2 aut Fas Pz Koh ISH Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/2 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen Il (Sf) (Sd Kfz 124) Other designations: Wespe, Gerat 803 Type: Self propelled light field howitzer on tracked carriage Manufacturer: FAMO. Chassis Nos 31001-32190 616 produced irom February 1943 to July 1844 459 munitions vehicles bull during the same poriog Crew a Engine. HLGZTR Weight (tone): 19 Gaaroox’ 6 (orward, 1 roverse: Length (metres): 481 Speed (km/hr); 40 Wisin (metves): 2.28 Range (kn): 220 Height (motes): 23 Ragio: FuG Spr! ‘Armament: One 10.5em leFHIEM One 7.92mm MGS¢ 28 Traverse: 17° alt 17" right (hand) loose Elovation: —§" +42 loose Sight: PIIS6 irect Arimunition:. $2 Amour (mm/angle): Fron: Side Rear Tap/ Bottom Superstructure 20/0" 35/0" 8/0" 310/90 ull Bo/is 18/0" 38/10" 5790" Gun siete fora 10/17" 10/16" open History: The Wespe was designed by Alkett eally in 1982, and was Cosel as. the most practical sulf-prepellad moun! for the leFHIS fover the Pz. Kpfw ill and P2 Kolw IV. As an interim measure. the proved. great success and io February 1943. all further Pr How Il chassis were ordered to be used for Is production, The Inet order for 1,000 was cut back to 835 late in 1943, This total Includes 189 without TePHT8/2) designated MunitionsS! aut Fast Pe Kphe iI (Ammuniion'SP on chassis (ol) AFV Il) which cared 90 cyunds with 1 craw of threo. Specific features: Tho Wespe was ult on a modified Px Kplw Il assis with the hull signtly lengthened, the engine moves forward, the placis extended and ine cocling system louvies completely ro: ‘designed. The suspension was allered slightly by reducing the num ber of return rollers. from four to thee, and by adding. spring bumper stops for the road whenls to absorb the recoil loadings. The Stver occupied a email. compariment forward, ‘next to he trans mmission, and separated Irom the remainder of tho crew who were Focatod' in the rear fighting compartment which was built-up trom sloping plates. The design of the Munitions-St version sil allowea ihe installation of the leFH18/2 by Field Maintenance as replace. nent for unserviceable Wesoe. Gombat service: The Wespe was issued lo SP detachments of the Panterarillerie regiments in Panzet and Panzergrenadier dwisions Ii fet major_action was al Kursk in Russia, and i saw active service inthe east, west and south-west Until the and of the war, Pinos 107-108, LaF 18/2 aut Fost Ps Kot (t (Gennes overs!) PANZERKAMPFWAGEN II AND VARIANTS x Pas 108-110. Wipe ands ammunition cama gh, Munons-St at Fast Pe Koh Panzerkampfwagen Wr mit Schwimmkérper — ‘Type: Amphibious tank History: The Schwimmpanser II was developed as 2 result of Combat Service: These tanks were used 25 normal Pz Kplw I by the requirements for the propoced invasion of England late in Y940. The 18th Panzer Regiment which was lormed in October 1940, Thay wore firm of Gebr Sachsenberg in Raslau was responsible for Ihe flotation used in action in the central sacior of the Russian tront trom June dovices which wore atlached to the sides and front of the Pz Kplw 1841 Ii Waler propulsion was translerred Irom the drive sorackel, and the floats were allached on extensions 10 the tack support rollers Afloat was capable of 10km/>. Pipes 11-11, Sehwimmoanse Pe Kt Aust 6st Setwainkdrper on Wl Pe TST ens pekabo win oar shoes Fab eres alow as Pe 5, ele au Rot wth aaa reed Patan 48 Sm PGE Bat oar, 40. PANZERKAMPFWAGEN II AND VARIANTS Briikenleger auf Panzerkampfwagen II Type: Armoured bridgelayer Histo: Magirus of Ulm experimented with 9 BrOkenleger aul P2 mounted on the Pz KpIw |. The number of these Brikenlager pro: Xplw Ti Ausl b which featured a pivoling bridge, but the Brokenleger duced is not known, Dut four were in service with the Engineers o which was. in service in 1940 was ited with a wopadt sliding the Tih Panzer Division in Belgium and France in 1940, briago, “designed tor scaling obstacles. This had ormerly been Panzerkampfwagen II ohne Turm Other designation: Pionier-Kampfwagen II Type: Tracked carrier Histon: From 1942, @ number of the older Pz Kplw Il, relumed for seltprapelled gun conversions were issued for building into. per Overhaul ware converted Io carrier vehicles for the Enginesrs. by manent forifications. In. Nay 1944, 739 Pz Kohw ll turrets were femoung their turrals, The Weols. removed from these and giher available and of these, 485 had already been released 5cm PaK38 L/60 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II (Sf) Type: Self-propelled anti-tank gun. Hisar: improvs0d seltpropeliag gun, similar to the 75cm Paks Sul Fast Pz Kot Hl (St) (Sd Kie 13%), The chassis was that of a a Kptw Wi Aust A, B ar C. Panzer Selbstfahrlafette 1c /5cm PaK38 auf Panzerkampfwagen Il (VK901) Other designation: Leichter Panzerjager Type: Self-propelled anti-tank gun History: In July 1940, the Watlenamt placed an order with MAN in January 1942 and were sant 10 the front. The tolel weight was far to profolypes af thie ight antitank vehicle. Aeismetal-Borsig 10.5 tons. No further orders were placed because of the unsuitability supplied the gun and superstructuro. The two vehicles were dalivered of Ihe Sem PaK38 in the conaltlons prevailing in. 1942 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN AND VARIANTS 41 Panzerkampiwagen 35(t) and 38(t) plus variants Panzerkampfwagen 35(t) Other designations: S-lla, T-11 Type: Captured light tank Manutacturer: Skoda (80%). CKD (20%) Chassis Nos: 50001-50424 424 produced belween 1835 and 1938 219 Contigeated trom Czech Army in March 1999 Crew: 4 Engine: Skoda T1t Weight (tons): 10.5 Gearbox: 6 forward, 6 reverse Lenath {metres}: 4.9 Speed (km/he): 35 Wiath (imetees): 2.1 Paage (km) 190 Height (meltes)> 295 radio; FuG37() ‘Armament: One 27em One 792mm MG37(1) One 7.92mm MGI7(") wit) L740 Traverse: 360" (Rand) 10° left 10" right 95" lett 19° right Elgvation: 10° 425" 14" 425 = Sigh: TZF(W) MezF (1) Ammunition:72 P2gr 1,800 8 Spar ‘Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Top/ Bottom Ture 25/10" 15/14 vet" 1 90 Superstructure 25/17" 46/0" 15/60" 8/85. + 90 Hull 25/30" 16/0° 16/0" 8/30" Gun mantit: 25/r0und History: The Panzerkampfwagen 95(1) was the main balls tank of tne Czech Army during the years immediately “weceding the German annexation of Bohemia and Moravia. in March 1838. Invtally. ths tank was unreliable and although this problem was eventually solved, iis bad reputation remained. After it had been taken into’ German Service it was eystematically rebuill, ang remained in seeice lor more than three years At the time of ite development st represented 2 very advanced design, wilh more than adequate armour and lire ower, bul ils technical specification included too many complex features, notably a pnetmatically operated transmission, Specilie features: Rear sprocket drive. small road wheels and par Wicularly wide tracks were the identilving features, The armour was Fiveted in the contemporary style. The main qun was developed trom the Skoda antitank gun of tha seme calibre, and was renowned for lis accuracy. The pneumatically controlled nesroox, which was designed to ease driving. proved 2 greal weakness and gave trouble during the Russian winlar of 1941 Combat service: Of Ihe P2 Kptw 35(1) Iaken trom the Czech Army in 1935, scarcely more than ity per cent ware ready for action, and these served with the st Light Division in Poland. In October 1939, the ‘ith Panzer Regiment and he 65ih Panzorabtellung ol thal Sivision were lormed into tne bh Panzer Division which contsined 10 Use thesa tanks, Both in France in 1940 and on the Central teont in Russia unti late 1961, by which Line, the bulk ol the division's armour had been lost. ‘The Pe Kolw 25(t) also served with the Army of Bulgaria, 26 being exported by Germany in February 1940. The Armies of Rumania and Slovakia had considerable numbers af these tanks im service through but the war, having been supplies by Skoda prior to 1938. Pits 119.121, Koh, Pat 121 shows he Ps Bal Wy Camm aon 42 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN'25( AND 38(0) PLUS VARIANTS Artillerie Schlepper 35(t) Other designation: Mérser Zugmittel 3511) Type: Artilery tractor History: A small number of the sulviving Pz Kalw 398(1) were ean: voried lo tractors By removing the tur'et and ling a canvas cover ints place. The tow Bar filed 9 the rear allowed 12 tonne 10 be Pulled! Turrets trom these tarks and others returned Tor reaair, were Used for fixed loruiiegtions. OF the 38 available, 38 had Been issued by May 948 Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf A Other designations: | Serie TNHPS, LT Vz38 Type: Ligitt tank Manulscturer: ana Chassis Nos: 0001-0150 130 prodyeed trom May 1o November 1939 Crew & Engine: Praga EPA Wear (lons): 94 Gearbox: 9 forward, 1 reverse engin (metres): 4. Speed (ke/he). 12 Whatn (metres): 2.12 Range (kre) 250 Height (mettes): 2.4 Radio: FuG37(i) Armament: One 3.7m Une 792mm One 7 92mm wk (t) 148.7 MGS7(N) Moa7(11 Traverse; 360" (hand) 10 Halt 10° right 38° fel 11° riont Elevation: —19" +25 14" 425 7 Sight: FIN Meze (1) Arsnunition: 72 2.400 (ine 900 AP) ‘Amour (owmlangis): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Tune Berio" 15/10" 35/10" 10/90 Superatuctur: 2517” 45/0" 10/80" 6/90" Pl: Be/18" 15/0" 18/12" 8/80 Gun mantle 25/rouna History: The Pz Kew 98(1) was, in fact, the Czech LT Ve 28 which vwas produced for the Wehrmachi siler the annexation of the Czecho: Slovakian provinces of Bohemia and Moravia in March 1939. Grderod as 2 Grotelype fiom CKD (Praga) in 1997, me Vz 98 was oulnaht winner of competiive (ets held in 1958, Ih July. an oFcer ‘was placed for 150 tanks to be manufactured immediately. Tho Munch Agreement forced the slowdown af this order and 0. pro: duction vehicles wore dolivered before March 1939. alfer he German ‘occupation, an order was placed tor the 150 incomplete tanks 10 Oe Completed for the Wehrmacht as the Pz Kotw 98(1) Aust A Specie {eatures: Exlernally similar 10 the mode! ordered by the Groen Army in 1998, the Aus! A can be reacily Mentited by the ‘Bale aerial in the form ol a pipe along the Tell Side of tho tank ‘Ihe Germans increnced the crew by 4 gun loader, thus elieving the commander of this task. The amount ot 37mm ammunition Was. feguced by 3 bins containing 18 rounds. 10 make space far the ‘diional crewman Combat service: Filynine P2 Kptw 98(t) Ausf A served in the 67th Panzerabiciung of the rd Light Dwision in Poland, and 15 served in Norway in 1940, Thoreaiter, this tank served in mast theatres of war excep! Arica Pes 12412. Ps Kw 3 Ast A. The lt he shows the cue he ars se nlinouned sortie gu Panzerspahwagen T-15 Other designation: Skoda T-15 Type: Reconnaissance tank History: In 1942, Skoda built a prototype reconnaissance tank for OKW "(Wenrmacht High Command) Vials. This. 10 ton vehicle. was armed with 2.3.7em gun and an MG, The armour was. 20mm to Brim and ne vehicle was powored by a V8 IOI engine developing >20P5 a1 2.800f0m. A crew of 4 was accommodated The Tei was Uunsuccesstul in competion with the VK I20e Pate 123, Wooden mock-up of he Shade 118 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 35(t) AND 38(1) PLUS VARIANTS 43 Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf B, C un Other designation: Il, Ill, 1V Serie TNHPS. ‘Type: Light tank Manufacturer: AMM Chassis Nos! 0181-0260, 0261-0970, 0071-0475 1325 produced from January to Novernber 1940 Crew: 4 ‘Engine: Praga EPA Weight (tons): 9.5 Geartox: 5 forward, 1 reverse Length (metros): 461 Speed (km/hr) 42 Wisin (metres): 2.14 ange (km): 250, Height (metres): 24 Radio: FuGO7(t) ‘Acmament: One 3.7em One 782mm MG37(!) One 7.82mm MG97(") w35(t) L/47 8 Traverse: 360° (hand) 10° loft 10" ight 36" elt 11" eight Elevation: 10" 25" — 14" +25" Sight: TZF(s) MezF (i) = Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear ‘Top/Bottom Turret 25/10" 15/10" 15/10" 30/90, Superstructurs 25/17" 15/0" 10/60 8/99" Hull 25/16 15/0" 18/12" B/90" Gun mantiet 2 /rouna History: The P2 Kplw 38(t) Aust A ordered in May 1829. was a completion of the tanks already ordered for the Czech Army. The success of tests with the prototypes and the first production vehicles Ted the Wallenam to order a further 225. Three seres wore envie ‘aged. Series Ml, Ill and IV, being basicaly similar apan tom minor dolali changes io suit German use Specific leatures: Exiarnally similar fo Aust A, both Aust B and © had the cwers curved pl e Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf E und F Other designation: V und VI Serie TNHPS. Type: Light tank Manutscturer: 84M (Chassis Nos: 0476-0750, 0751-1000 1525 produced fram November 1640 to October 1941 Crew: a Engine: Praga EPA Weight (tone): 9.65 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Lergth (metres): 4.61 Speed (km/hr)! 42 wiah (metces): 2.14 Range (km): 250 Height (metres): 24 Radio: FuGs Armament: One 3.7em One 792mm MG37(1) One 792mm MG37(1) wie tp L742 8 ‘Traverse! 260° (hand) 10° felt 10° right 5° ell 11° right Flevation: =10" “425° 14" 425 Sight: TZF(t) MGzF Ammunition: 42 Pzgr 2.400 8 Spar Armour Imm/angle): Front Side lear Top/Bottom Turret 25%25/10" 50/10" 22/10" 15/90 Su verstructure: 25425717" 18-415/0" 10/60" 8/90 Hu 231 25/16" 18/0" 18/12" 8/90" Gun mantle: 25/round History: As a result of experience in Poland, greater protertion was demanded, and tom November 1940 ic. fronlal armour of these tanks. was’ Increased to Simm by riveting Wo 25mm plates together fon all Wontal surfaces, The armour on the turret sides and an the Upper sides of the fighting compartment was also increased. Specific tealures: New vicors—Sehklappe 50 (Observation Port 60) wrrrero filled for driver and operator, riveting was reduced on frontal lates end the turrel machine-gun ball mauat was located internally. Combat service: All models of the Pz KoWw 38(!) served in Russia from July 1941. The Aust D, € and F served mainly with the more fecently formed Yin, 18th ‘and 200" Panzer Divisions, as well ae Wwith the 7th and in Panzer Divisions which were the. lirst divisions to be equipped with these tanks. Pie 12, Pe Koh 380 Ast Pra it Pa koh Si ul © OF 44 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 3540) AND 38(t) PLUS VARIANTS. id D Pte 24 P2kot 28 Aust 80 Pate 3. Pe Kot ae At Cn nea canon etn anti-splash protection for the turret ring was introduced on the Aust 8. Combat service: Goth Aust Band C served in France in 1940 with the. 7ih ana Sih Panzer Divisions, and with the Bin Panzer Divicion in Greece in 1941. The Aust D was introduced .« Seplomber 1940, Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf G Other designation: VII Serie TVHPS ‘Type: Light tank Manulacturar: BUM Chassis Nos’ 1001~1090 80 produced tom May 19 December 1941 Crew Engine: Pra Weigh! (Hons): 9.5 Length (metres): 481 Wialn metres): 2.14 Height (motras): 24 Gearbox: § forward, 1 reverse ‘Speed (km/hr): 42 280 Range (km): Amament: One 3.7em One 792mm MG37(1) One 7.92nm MGIT(N) k(t) L/A7 8 Taverse’ 360° (hand) 10° left 10° right 11" right Elovation: 10" #25" 14" 425 Sight: TZF(1) mezr (iy = Armour (mm/angle}: Front Side Rear Top/@oltom Ture 25/0 1S/10° 45/10" 10/90 Superstrciure: 25/17" 15/0" 10/60" 8/90" ut 25/16" 15/0" 15/12" 8/90 Gun mantle 25/r0und Histor: The final outarowth of the demand for heavier armour resul: ted in tho P2 Kplw 38(1) Ausf G. which used basic SOmm armour plale Tor all frontal surfaces, Mare extensive use of welding was mmade in the construction of th's model. The. growing absdlescenes bl this Tonk lee Hiller to order thal ile chassis be used az the basis of a selFpropelied antitank gun. A proportion of the output for March 942, and. all output for April were used for this purgase. The final 47 tanks were manulectures In May and June 1942 Specie features: Driver's plate located by only three rivets; no rivals an the engine covers. Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf S Other designation: TNH-SV Type: Light tank Manufacturer: 6MM Ghassie Nos 1101~7600 $21 produced trom October 1941 to June 1942 Crow: Engine: Praga EPA Weight (tons): 285 Gearbox: 5 forward. 1 everee engi (meties): 61 Speed (km/hr): 42 width (metres): 2.14 Range (km): 250 Height (metres): 24 Radio: FUG ‘Acmament. One 3.7em One 7.92mm MG37(t) Kwik) L/47 8 One 7.92mm MGI7(t) ‘Traverse: 950" (hand) 10° lolt 10° ight 35° loft 11° right Elevation: —10" +25" 14" 425" = ‘Sunt T2F(Q) mazF (i) = Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Tura 50/107 30/90" 22/10" 18/90" Superstrvctur: 50/17" 1515/0" 10/8/90 lt 50/16 15/0" 18/12" 8/90" Gun mantle 25/round History: Sefore the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in March 3998, CKD (later Known a8 BNM) had sousht export orders for their fanks, In 1936/99, Sweden placed an order for 90 TNH-SV tanks. in the spring of 1940, the Germans commanded that all tanks “under Construction for Swedan be delivered to the Warmacht Early. in 4941, Sweden received a licence to build the TNHPS lank, which she did, unger tne. designation Strv m/d3. Deliveries to the Swedish Army teok place ftom February 1843. The Suv m/41 wat basically Similar to the Pz Kplw 28(%) Aust G. The ‘Swedish’ vehicles were 10 have been assembled rom February 194%, but. difeullies arose because of their obsolete configuration, and because of the. mocit Cations which had been incorporated speciticlly for ihe export order Specilic Yeatures: Similar in appearance 10 P2 Kptw 36(1) Aust A but without bate aerial, These tanks were fed with turretring Splash protectors, as filled to the conlemporary Ausl E and F. Combat service: Tanks of this type were exported to ihe Slovak Fr Slate and served with their Fast Division in southern Russia In 19 and 1942 Combat service: Servo Kptw 38(1) series. w mainly in Russia. Various models of the Pz ‘exported 10 the German ilies, Hungary, Rumania, and Slovakia. In September 1844, the Pz Kpiw 38(1) esnite. being obsolete, wes stil in service mainly with armoured ltain units, two tanks Boing carried on tho flat cars of each train. Al this time, 229 Pz Kphw 38(!) of all models were listed 93 avaliable Pat 190, Fs Kotw 380 Aust 6 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 35it) AND 38(t) PLUS VARIANTS 45. Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) neuer Art Type: Light reconnaissance tank Manufacturer: MM 15 claimed to have been produced in early 1942 Crow: Engine: Praga V-8 Weight (tons): 148 Gearvox: 4 forward, 1 ravarse Lengin (metres): 5 Speed (km/h) 62 Wisth (metres): 25 Range (km): 200 ‘Height (metres): 24 ‘Armament: One 3.7em KwK38(!) One 7.8mm MG37(t) ware Traverse: 960° (nand) Elevation: = 10" +25 Sight! TZF(t) ‘Armour (mm) Front Top Turret 35 8 Superstructur: 35 8 ull 3 4 Gun mantit: 38 /roune History: Olfered as the @NIM solution to the Walfenem! require iment fora reconnaissance tank which had originally Been issued to MAN s2 early ao September 1999. The Pz Kotw 38(1) nA followed vory closely the euccesstul layout of the Pz Kptw 38(1). bul the latest techniques “of welded armour were incorporaied, and the Ko 38 0 ware vehicle was powered by a VA8 engine of 250PS. Despite successful performance anda very high speed achieved during tests in 1942, fhe production ofder was placed. The transmission and sleering gear, however, were ordered to Bo {tod In the VK8O3, which, in tun, did fot pase beyond the development phase. ‘Specie features: New welded conetniction for hull and turret. Rosd wheels more closely spaced, and naw V-B engine. ‘Combat service: None. Panzerjager 38(t) fiir 7.62cm PaK36(r) (Sd Kfz 139) Other designations: Marder Ill, VII und Vill Serie TNHPS Type: Self-propelled captured anti-tank gun on tank chassis Manvlaciurer: BMM Chassis Nos between 1951 & 1510, 1511-1768 ‘344 produces from April 10 October 1942 19 converted trom Pz Kp 36(t) In 1943 Crow. 4 [Engina: Praga EPA & EPA/2 Weigh! (tons): 10.67 Gearbox: § forward, 1 reverse Lengih (metres): 5.85 Speed (ken/brs 42 Wath (metres). 2.18 Range (km): 185 Height (metres): 25 Radio: FuG Spr d ‘Armament: Ona 720m PaK35(r) One 7.92mm MGS7() sis. Traveree: 21° laf 21" right (hand) 35° left 11° vight (hend) Elevatien: 8" 135 1a" 425) Sight: ZFax8 Maze (t) ‘Ammunition: 30 Pagr 39Rct, 1,200 Pzgr 40.8 Spar 39 Armour (mm/angie): Front Side Rear Top/éollom Superstructure: sO/17 Terni’ +14" 40/65° 40/90" Hull sovie* 15/0 18/18" 10+ 8/00" Gun abiete: 11/31 11/12" open open History: The problems faced by the German troops in Russia when they encountered superior Russian armour was to be solved ia he short term by the production of sellpropeled antitank gun=_ Since the Pz. Ko’ Q8(t) was obsolete ae a balla tank and considered too slow at 2 reconnaissance tank, if was ordered that @ number fof the chassis under consiruction be converted to gun cafriages. A protetyee SI (SP) mounting a Russian 7-62em gun’ was bull in December 1981, and an order daled 22 December 1941 called lor pro usin of 17 units per month from 24 March 1942, nd for capacily for 30. per month from July. Several orders ware issued 60. that eventually 348 wore bull. From July 1942, Hiller ordered that all Pz Kpiw 38(2) production be used as St. The 7.62cm Paka6(r) was the Ruseian FK296 rebuilt to German specifications and rechambered to take a Pakio carridge. Conversion was made trom the large slocks fof guns captured during the intial success in Russi, Specie features: To cope with tne grester welght of the sell-propelieg [Buns the molor was increased in power to 150PS. This model was Introduced in July 1942 a8 the Aust Fi {ehase's rumbers fom 160%) Combat service: Served mainly with Panzerjager velachments in Pustis. A lolal of 66 were dispatched to North Arica whare IRose that arrived from July 10 November 1942 served with the 33rd Panzer Jagarabieiung of the 181 Panzer Division, and with the 39th Panzer iagerabteilung. The livet six units, which arrived In North Alrica in 1942. remained with the HO\a! the Tank Army. 46 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 35(t) AND 38\t) PLUS VARIANTS Pats 132-122, Pr) 1017 em PAK sbove, on te Rustin Front 7.5cm PaK40/3 auf Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf H (Sd Kfz 138) Other designation: Vill Serie TNHPS Type: Self-propelied anti-tank gun on tank chassis Manufacturer: Bub (Chassis Nos 1601-2100 242 produced feom November 1942 10 April 1949 plus 1 prototype: 175 converted from Pe Kp (0h in 1043, Crew: 4 ‘Engine: Praga EPA/2 Weight ons): 10.8 Gearbox: 5 forward, 1 reverse Loogtt (metres): 5.77 Speed (km/h) 28 Wisin (mates): 2.16 Range (km): 240 Height (metres): 2.51 Radios FuGs ‘Armament: One 7m Pak40/3 One 792mm MGI7(1} Ua ‘ravorsa: 30° left 30° right (hand) 35° Felt 11” right (hand) Elevation: —S" +22 14" +28" Sight. 2738 Mazr(t) Ammunition: 38 600 Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/ottom Superstructure: SO/1s* 45/0" open 10/65" 490° Hu 50/18" 15/0" 15/16" 8/80, Gun shila: 15/25 15/25" open 8/90" History: In May 1942, discussions took place concerning the manu: e108 of a nes self-propelled gun, based on the Pz Kali 38(t) chassic, but mounting the normal German 75cm PaKad in place of te 762em Pak36(r). The Protolype was ready in June 1942, and Incorporated. redesigned Superstructure which was lower. lighter and provided superior protection, Specie features: BoIn the 7Scm PakaO prototype and a 75¢m ‘SuK40 prototype were built on the Pr Kpiw 8(t) Aus! G chaseis By November 1942, however. the Aust H chassis with the mare owertsl ongine was available. The Aust H hull was similar to the ful of she nust G. but the side armour waa reduced by omiling the addtional 13mm plate trom the ighiing compartment Combat service: The Sd Kiz 138 was issued to Panzeriagor detach fonts. (SP) trom late 1942. Lultwatte and SS units aswell as Wehrmacht units receives these guns. From Dacomber 1942, they Pate 14135. 7G Poko aut Pe Koh 30 Aut were in action with ‘Leibstandarte Adolf Hiller’, 1s SS Panzer Division In Pussia, and Served also in Tunisia and Maly in 1943, 15cm Schweres Infanteriegeschiitz 33 (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf H (Sd Kfz 138/1) Other designations: Vill Serie TNHP, Gerat 805, Grille Type: Self-propelted heavy infantry gun on tank chassis, Manufacturer: un Chassis Nos: helween 1601 & 2100 90 produced trom February to April 1943 plus + prototype Crew: 5 Engine: Praga EPA’? Weight (tons): 115 Gearbox: § Torward, 1 reverse engin (metres): 4.64 Speod (km/hr): 38 iain (metres): 2.15, Height (metres): 24 Range (km). 185 Nagi: FuGis Armament: One 1Sem s1G33/1 One 7.92mm Mad Ur Traverse: $° Jel 5° rant (hand) loose Elevation: 2" +72 foose, Sigh: ADIGE siroct Ammunition: 18 Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bettom Supersiructur: 25/12" 15/15/10" open Hu Saris’ 15/0" 15/18" 8/90" Gun shists 15/12 Histon: The Grillo was originally ordered for construction on the new elipropelied oun "chassis. which SMM ware devoloping asthe 31 36(t) Ausf M. Two hundred siG33 were to be thus mounted. On 6 February 1943, however. Hitler agreed to 8 proposal to adapt the £1633 for mounting in the rearangined Aus! Hin order to make the Grile available as. soon as possible. An additional advantage woula bo that Pz. Kptw 38(t) returned trom the Tront coule be converted 1a Grille As 3 sult, Hitlor ordered that trom March 1843. ll repsired vehicles were to be Used for this purpose. It was sgreed, nowevar. Mat ater he order for 200 hag ‘bean fuliled. any turiner ‘Grile Dtoduction was 10 be manufactured irom the Pe Kotw 38(t) returned forthe factory for ret, Specific features: The standard Aust H. chassis with a new fighling compariment superstructure which had to be extended “over the fngine compariment (© accommodate the heavy gun and its ammuns Combat service: The Grille were jasued to the schwere Infanterieges hate companies of the Panzorgronadier regiments. and servad in Fussia, Tunisia. Waly and France from ely 1943. In June 1944 this Version of Grille was stil in Service with the 36th Panzer schwore Tnlanieriogescnate Abteilung of the 2nd Panzer Division im Normandy. Sh erician wore ieee To each ‘elashment. | TN ' Pate 16 Ir GUSH aut Pe Kot BI At PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 35(t) AND 38It) PLUS VARIANTS 47 Panzerjager 38(t) mit 7.5cm PaK40/3 Ausf M (Sd Kfz 138) Other designations: Marder Ill, X Serie TNHP ‘Type: Self-propelled anti-tank gun on tracked carriage ee os «a0 " & Nistory: In July 1942, Hiller ordered that the totat production capacity of the P2 Kohw 38(t) be utilizes for eeltoropelied gun chassis. It had been realised that in sno existing makeshift self propelled gun, many of the features of the tank chassis ware wactelul. A new Sesign was proposed in which the moter sas moved to the middle land this enabled the gun to be mounted more suitably at the reat of the vehicle. Frontal armour and, therefore, weight, was also reduced On 6 February 1943, Millar wes informed that ttor test liring, the new seltpropatles gun would be available in the shortest possible time, and BAM would be capable of producing 180 per mont com pated 19 their present ouput of 60 unite. This level was no? reachod lant October/November 1943, but nat all wete 7 Sem Pak40/3 St although maximum monthly delivery of 141 was reached in October In May. 1886, production’ was terminated in f2vaur of the Jage panrar Hetzer (Tank Hunter Wailer) Speci features: Vehicles built during 1943 can be igentiied by the founded, cast cover Tor tne ariving compartment atthe Wont right hand side of the vehicle. AI the ond of 1963, a simplor welded cover was intraduced, und Ihe tron lowing lugs were now formed rom exlensigna of he side armour plate Combat service: Panzeriager Ostachments (SP) of both Panzer and infantey diisions were Issued with these quis from May 1943. Bo {cause of the large number produced, they served On all tronts, with 350 stil isted 28 avalable far action in the Wallenamt inventory Tor 1 February 1945. Pats 127-129, Pe Jbg 21 it 7 Som PoKADIa Aut M:bslow, le prado vi Patan 4094, Sem 2639/9 aut St 300) Aut 15cm Schweres Infanteriegeschiitz 33/1 auf Selbstfahriafette 38(t) (Sf) Ausf M (Sd Kfz 138/1) Other designations: Grille, X Serie TNHP, Gerat 806 Type: Self-propelled heavy infantry gun on tracked carriage Manulactorer) BMM Chassis Nos: between 210% & $600 282 produced rom Apsil 10 June 1943 and trom October 1943 10 September 1044 crew: 4 Engine: Praga AC WWoignt (tons): 12 Gearbox: § forward, 7 reverse length (metres): 495. Speed (krn/nr)- 25 Wiath (metres): 2.15 Range (km): 190, Height (metres): 247 Radio: FuG16 Armament: One 1$em e1G99/2 One 782mm MGI Traverse 8" foose Elevaion: 0" 473 loose Sight: Fots6 airect ‘rmonition. 18 Armour (mm/anglo}: Front Side Rear, Top/Bottom Superstuctu 10/67" 10/15" 10/0" 9/90" hut 15/15" 15/0" 10/41" 10/90 Gun shiots 10/9" 10/16" 10/17" open History: The intial order for 200 Grille caiad ‘or use of the old Aust H chasis with a view to gelling. the Grie into service quickly, Ninety were Built on the Aust/H, and the remaising 110 Grillo were) ‘ult on the new Aust M chassis. ‘The contract was completed in June 1943, ul a further order was. placed, and regular production “continues trom October 1942 until September 1984. The Grile wes the very last Aust M SI in production. In Tact, the ten units Bult in September 1984, were on chassis originally buill for the Flakpenzer (Armoured AA SP). Specific features: As for the Panzer)3ger 38(t). In elevation, the gun was protected by @ heavy spring flap which was a feature of all he S133 (St), Combat service: Served on all fonls with the echwere Infanterie ‘geschutz companies SP) of armaured infantry regiments. No eistine tion was mage between Grile with Aus! Hor Aust M_ chassis. In Febwary 1945, 178 Grille were stil listed as available for service. PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 35it} AND 3811) PLUS VARIANTS 49 ere. Pat 42. Munionsooner ‘a(S Alar Munitionspanzer 38(t) (Sf) Ausf M (Sd Kfz 138) Other designation: X Serie TNHP Type: Tracked armoured ammunition carrier Manufacturer: BMM Chassis Nos. between 210% & 2600 102 produced trom sanuary to May 1944 Crew: 2 Engine: Praga AC Weight (tons): 12 Gearbox: 5 forward, 1 reverse Lonath (metres): 4.95 Speed (xm/he}. 35 Width (metres): 2.15 Range (km): 180 Height (metres): 2.47 Radio: FuGt6 782mm MG36 Too Sight: direct, ‘Ammunition: 40 eIG-pate ‘Armour (mmJangle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom ‘Supersirueture: 10/67" 10/15" 10/0" 8/90" Hulls 15/15" 35/0. 10/41" 10/90" Gunn siete 10/28" 10/16" 10/17" open History: The second large order for Grillo 15em sIG38/1(SF) allowed for the production of nearly forty per cent of the order a¢ ammunition carnars, It had baen recognized that the very limited ammunition ‘capacity of the Grile was celrimental to its tighting capacity. It was Planned to have two Munitionspanzer to every six Grille in an farmoured neavy infantry gun detachment Speeitie features: In most respects, the Munitionspenzer 38(t) (Sf) ‘was identical with the Grile. The’ 15cm s1G33/1 was replaced by lmmunition racks, and the gun aperture was plated over. The con Yorsion allowed the possibilty of re-convarsion to sIGvohiclos. Combat service: Tesued to the schwore Inlanteriegeschil” company (SP) of Panzergrenadier regiments and served on all fronts until 1945 Flakpanzer 38(t) auf Selbstfahrlafette 38(t) Ausf M (Sd Kfz 140) Other designation: X Serie TNHP. ‘Type: Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun on tracked carriage Monutecturer: BMM Chastie Nos: between 2701 & 3250 "40 produced trom November 1943 to February 1944 ‘converted in November 1949 Crow: 4 ‘Weight (tons): 98 Engine: Praga AC Gearnox: § forward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 4.61 ‘Speed (km/h) 42 Wistn (mates): 235 Range (km): 210 Height (metres): 2.25 Radio: FuG5 or Fuge ‘Armament: One 20m Flak38 L/112.5 ‘Traverse: 960" (nang) Elevation: —5* +80" ‘Sight: Flakvisier 38 ‘Ammunition: 360 2em Br Spar L Spur, 960 20m Br Spgr, 320 2em Pzgr U Spur Zen) ‘Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/‘Bottom Superstructur: 10/67 10/25" 10/25" 8/90" ut 15/15" 18/0" 10/43" 40/80" Gun shiel: 10/17" 10/25" 10/25" open 50 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 35it) AND 38(t) PLUS VARIANTS. History: During the autumn of 1843, Hitlar approved the development of a hem Flakpanzer IV, but refused permission for the construc tion of the already available 2cm Vierlings Flak aut Pz Kotw IV (2om Quadruple AA Mounting on AFV IV). On 15 October 194%, because fof the urgent need for @ Flakpanzer, Hiller agreed to 2 makeshit Solution winich could be produced Immediately on the basis of the Solbstfahratetta 28(%), 150 Flakpanzer 38(1) wore ordered, and were to be produces until the heavier Flakpanzer IV became available early in 1944, This Vohicle was demonstrated to Hillor on. 16 Oecem: ber 1942. Lack of firepowor was a major drawback The last ten Vehicles of the order were Used for the production of 1Sem siG33/2 St Specific features: 2om Flak28 with allound traverse was mounted in the rear fighting compariment. A new superstructure was provided * part of which could be folded down to allow easiar accoss jeapen and permit traverse a! low elovation. Service: Issued in January and February 1948 to the AA. Platoon of each tank regiment in tha Panzer civigions. A consider fable proportion of these guns were issued to divisions in the. West find saw action io Normandy, for xamplo, with the 12h SS. Panzer Bivision’ ‘Hitlerugend’ (Hitler Youtn). Pinon 143.164. Faponor 38} ul F380) At Mt 7.5cm KwK38 L/24 Aufklarer auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) mit 2cm KwK38 oder ‘Type: Tracked armoured reconnaissance vehicle on tank chassis. Manufacturer: aMnt 50 with 2cm Hangotafete 98 corwerled in February and March 1944; 2 with 75cm Kuk L/28 Crew: 4 Engine: Praga EPA/2 Weight (tons): 9.75. Gearbox: 5 lorward, 1 roverse Lengin (metros): 45 Speed (km/h): 82 Wioth (metres): 214 Flange (km): 210 Height (metres): 2. Radio: FuG2 ‘Armament: One 25m KwK98 L/S5 One 7:92mm MGA2 ‘Traverse: 360" (hand) = Elevation: 4" +70 = Sight: T2FSe Armour (mm/angie)” Front Side Rear. —‘Top/Bottom Ture 30/40° 8/40" 8/40" open Suparatrucure 20/25" 15/30" 15/0" 8/90 a S015" 18/0" 18/12" 8/90 Gun mantic: ab/round Histone: Since production of the fullyracked reconnaissance vehicle ‘Luchs" (Lynx) was scheduled ‘9 end in January 1948 afler only 100 had been Bull, plans wore made 10 provide an al fe Chena of Pe Kote 38(t) telureo Ton barn 3943, EM ware to convert 118 lanks by Apri however. only 70 chassis were prepared in Fe 1944. Only 15 of the units without the 2em Swivel Mounting) were dalvered, and 13 of nese In nil a laast November 1944. BMM proposed two designs. for the 7'Sem_KwK veteion. Later, an Aulklarer aut Fost Jagdpanzer (1) mit 7Sem KSI L/24 was tested, because it was intended 10 have # reconnaissance vehicle using the 38(t) chassie Dull long side the Jagdpanzer 38(t) and Jagdpanzer 38(4) trom mid 1945 Specitic features: Anew superstructure was lled to" tho old. Pe Kptw 98(!) chassis, and on that, was mounted the 2crn Hangelatelte 38 turot, as used for the Sd Kiz 25070, 251/23 ana 234/1. The 7.5em mounting was achieved by extending Ihe sides of the new ‘superstructure upwards Combat service: Issued to armoured reconnaissance companies from April 1944. Saw service on both Eastern ang Western tronls (Continued overeat) Pate US. Aust Fast Px Koh 98 et em Ko PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 35(t) AND 38(t) PLUS VARIANTS 51 Paes 16-17, Auta Fast Pe Koh 2 t,x clone ft 2m Hinge rt; Ht wih (ha'sem kev L/28 po ee a a Munitionsschlepper auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Type: Ammunition carrier History: From 1942, these Munitions the turtets trom the older modals nzer were created by removing Kptw 98(!) converted to sall-propelied guns, etc, were used in fixed "2 Kptw 36(1). The opening was forifieation mountings. By May 1984, 141 turrets had Doon issued for ‘nen covared by rails 10 carry a canvas cover, These makeshift Ioad- such purposes, and a further 84 were available ‘carriers served ‘sith many units, mainly in the East. Turrets from PE Schiitzenpanzerwagen auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Type: Armoured personnel carrier History: During 1944, prototype of = personnel estrier based on Aust D. Projacte for troop carriers with 6 road wheels. as in the the 28(t) chassis was bull and tested. The engine was mounted in miterer Einheitewattenteager (Medium Standard Weapons Cari) the tront Ietthand sige, 36 in the Aus! M. The loop comparlment were favoured in 1945, was open-ooped, and was based on the design of th Sd Kre 251 MGrsertrager auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Type: Mortar carrier History: Only a prototype of this vehicle was buit, It was similar to the SPW (APC), Bul shorter. 14S ig hrs tr cl et Pe Roe 380. 52 PANZERKAMFFWAGEN 35(t} AND 38(t} PLUS VARIANTS. Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer (Panzerjager 38(t)) fiir 7.5cm PaK39 Other designations: Gerat 665, Pz Jag Wo 638/10 Type: Tank destroyer Manufacturer: 81N Chassis Nos 321001~928000 Skoda ‘20001 2.584 produced fom April 1944 to May 1945 Predustion lan 1o: 1985 called tor 7,000 units per month by misyear Grew: 4 Engine: Praga Ac? | Weight (tons): 15.75, Goarnor: § torward, 1 reverse Length (meiresi: 6.38 ‘Speed (ken/hr) 42 Wath (metres): 263 Range (kr): 177 ‘aight (metres)= 2.17 Radio: FuGs+FuG Sprt Anmnamant: One 7 Sem PaK39 L/48 One 792mm MG3M oF 42 Traverse: § Telt 11 right (hand) 960° (hand) Elevation: 6" 412" Sight, SiZFta Periskop 3x8 Ammunition: 41 4200 Armay: (mm/angla): Front Side Rear_—‘Top/Bottom ‘Supersiruetore 50/60 20/40" @/70" 8/90 wl 60/40 20/35° 20/18 10/80" Gun mane: {60/ Saukoplbiende History: As early as March 1949, Col, Gen. Heine Guderian, Ihe Ins: pector of Armoues Units, demanded a light tank destroyer, which ‘Would be adequately armoured. with ovamead protection and. low ‘Sinovela, to replace existing ligh! ‘seltpropelled guns and. lowed Gnisiank ‘guns. Development’ was. based on tne chassis of the. Pe Kephw 30(1). Following tests in December 1943, it was ordered that the complaie production facilies for he 98(%) be switched to pro. sion “ot the. ‘new Panzerjager. Production commenced. in Apt 1844 at Atak and was taken ‘up by Skoda in Septomber 1944. had been inlended to switeh over {0 night mounted guns as soon as possible. bul this was. delerred at ihe beginning of 1844 and. again, In Noverbar 1948. May 1915 was the deadline for change over Io flgid- mounting of the PaK39/1 and 1O.Sem SiuM42 (10.Sem Ascaull Howitzer 421 Specific features: The Hetzer was 2 completely new design using the wellptoven components ot the Pr Kplw 38(1). A new wide hull with extensive use of angled armour was employed. Crampes fighting Conpariment and Imited angle of Ite presented problems in Patil. A rackmavnis remolacontrlled MG was provided for close de fence. Combat service: The list combat units to receive the Hetzer. in July {94t, were Panzarjagerableilungen 731 ang 743. and the. 18th and Toth talaniry Divisions. Il was subsequently issued. to tenk-hunter ‘elachmenis altached to. all pes. of formation. In. 1946, the. Swiss Amy purchased 158 Hetzer from Czechoslovakia windor the designa: = =! tion 613. The Hetzer also served with the postwar Czech Army. fe 18, Pats 160-12 Jog P38 He ir 7 Sem PAK. Fi ston ey rodcton made Pate PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 3611) AND 38{t) PLUS VARIANTS 53. Flammpanzer 38(t) Hetzer Type: Flame-thrower on tank destroyer chassis Manufacturer: BLM 20 converted trom Hetzer in Dacomber 1944 Crow. 4 Engine: Praga AC/2 Weight (ton): 15. Gearbox: § forward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 4.87 Speed (km/h): 42 wath (metres): 263 Range (km): 177 Height (metres): 2.17 Aumaments One 14mm One 792mm MG24 oF MG42 Flammenwertor 41 ‘Traverse: 5" lel 11" right (hand) 960° (hand) Elevation: 6" +12 Sight: SIZFia Periskop 3x8 ‘Ammunition: 24 burste (154 gal) 1,200 ‘Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Tap/ Bottom Superstructure 0/60" 20/40" a/70° 8/80 Hull 60/40" 20/18" 20/15 10/80" Paes 159.154, Famepanses 38) Hetzer: Fah, with the cover removed rm he fame- Bergepanzer 38(t) Hetzer Other designations: Gerat 573, Bergepanzer Type: Armoured recovery vehicle Manviacturer: GMM 108 produced 64 converted trom Hetzer Crew Engine: Praga AC/2 Weight (tons): 145 Gearbox: 5 lorward, 1 reverse Longin (meties): «87 Speed (kin/hr). 42 Wiatn (metres): 263 Range (km). 177 Height (metres): 1.71 Radio: FuGS Armament: One 782mm MGS Traverse: loose Elevation: toose Sight: ciract Armour (mm/angie): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Supersiructure 60/60" 20/40" 8/10° open uit 60/40" 20/15" 20/18° 10/80 History: The Bergepanzer 38(1) was developed to accompany and recover Hetzer for the units operating these new Jagdpanzer. A note of August 1844 indicates tnat for every 14 Jagdpanzer, a Bergepanzer was to be manufactured. but by September. only 7 wera. available In Ociober. the deficit was made up by the completion of 64 Berge: panzer 28(1) which had been converied trom Hetzer sat aside in June and July. From December, regular production commenced The opsn-iopped Bergopanzer was an ides! vehicle lor conversion, fand although the number of AFV typas was supposed 10 have been ‘drastically reduced, spacial demands continued to come {rom front line troops. Official production commenced of the 1Sem sIG33 St 54 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 35(t] AND 38(¢) PLUS VARIANTS History: During the planning of the Ardennes olfensive, it was decided that some flamesIhrower tanks would be required Twonly Jagdpanzer 38(t) were converled for this task by the iting of a. projector in place of the normal 7.5em PaK39. 700 litres (184 gal) of lame tua Wiare carried. Consumgtin liowed for 87.5 seconds ire, ul the umber of bursie was governed by the number of slarier carriages, Ranga was §0 10 60 metres, Specie features: Identical with Jagepanzer Hetzer, except for the small fonnel-shaped cover for the llame-projector. Combat service: Used by special units inthe Ardennes, a number were captured and photographed, giving this vehicle more. promi fence than ils small production deserves. based on the Bergepanzer, while photographic evidence shows & 2em FlaK38 mount. in 1045, a "Vollketienaulkrer 38” (Full Tracked Seoul 38) armed with the 7.Sem KSI L/24 mounted on a modied Bergepanzer chassis was under test Specilie features: The Bergepanzer 38(!) was based on the Hetzer. ul the suporsiructare was lower and was open topped. The (rani plate was unbroken. ‘The fighting compartment ‘contained 2 winch fand a tubular derrick was carries Combat service: From Ociober 1964, served with those tank-hunier delachments operating Hetzer. Pre 185. Bergeoarse 38 eter 15cm Schweres Infanteriegeschiitz 33/2 (Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer Other designations: Gerat 688, GW 638/27 Type: Self-propelied heavy infantry gun on tank destroyer chassis Manufactoror: BuaMt G converted snd 24 produced trom December 1944 Crewe Engine. Praga AC/2 Weignt (tons): 16.5 Gearbox: § forward, 1 everse Length (metres) 4.67 Speed (km/hr). 32 Wiath (motes): 2.63 Range (km): 130 Height (motes): 22 Radio. FuGTe ‘Armamont: One 1Scm s1G33/2 (S!) One 7.2mm MGBE o 42 Traverse: 5° tolt 5" right (hand) loose vation: 0" +73" loose Sight: FDI6 direct Ammunition: 18 ‘Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Botom Supersineture: 80/60" 20/40" 8/70" open sr ul 60/40" 20/18" 29/15" 10/90 {Gun shiels 10/9" Nistory: Tho last few 28(t) Aust M chasis wore completed as 15em 5163372 81 in Augus! 1944, but the demand for a sell-propelieg Sem sIG33 continued, and was the subject of discussions between Hitler and Speer in October 194, By November, it had been decided to invoguce a now design of Seibsttanviatette (self-propelled mount Jngl, based on Ine components of tne Jagdpanzer 381) Hatzar, which Jagdpanzer 38(t) Starr Type: Tank destroyer with rigid mounted gun Manufacturer: BM 10 preproduction series: production was to havo begun in May 1945, Craw: 4 ‘Engine: Praga AC/2 Weight (tons): 14 Gearbox: § forward, 1 reverse Length (metros): 6.38 Speed {km/in): 42 Wiath (metes): 2.63 Range (km): 177 Height (motes): 2.17 Radio: FuGs + FUG Spr Armament: One 7.5em PaKI9/1___ One 7.82mm MGA? SlarrL/48 or one 10-Sem StuHa2 Starr Traverse: 8° let 8 right (nand) 360° (hand) Elovation: 8" +15" sign: W2F2/2 Periskop 28 ‘Ammunition: 1.200 Armour (mm/angle): Font Side Rear Top/Bottom Suparstucture: 80/60" 20/40" 8/70" 8/90 pul 60/40" 20/38" 20/15" 10/90" Gun mantet 60/Saukoplblende History: The initial decision to proceed with the production of the Jagepanzer 29(1), Holzer in Decamber 1943. was. on the basis snat it ‘would be built with a "gid, mounted gua. Early in 1943, Aheinmetal had proved ihe feasibility of the idea. by mounting a 12em GeW (1) (Morar (Russian) on an old Pz Kplw il "enassis, Alkelt took over Leichter Einheitswaffentrager Other designations: 10.5cm—GW 638/26, Gerat 587 Type: Light standardized weapons carriage Prototypes only. Production wae to have begun in Spring 198S with ‘uiput of 250 units per month by Sextember 1945, based upon the 8(a) compononts, vith 102m loFH mounted Crew: 4 Engine: Praga AC/2 Wight (tons): 185 Gearbox: 5 forward, 1 reverse engin (meires):, 6.53 Speed (krn/tr)" 35 Wiath (metres): 3.16 Bango (Km) Height (mates): 2.25 Radio: FuGi6 Armament alternatives: Sno 10.Sem leFH18/40/5 L/28 or One &.Bem PakA3 L/71 Traverse: $60", (hana) Elevation: =5* +42" =a" +20 Sight: ROIS bii36. “Amnunition: 9 34 Pate 166, 15m 3160/2161 ut Jos Pr 3) Hoc, would carry the 15cm siG33. Specific features: Based on the superstructure of the Bergepanzer 28(), with an addtional raised supersiructure surrounding the sIG33 Wich used tbe same mounting and shield as an earlier sel! proneiied ‘Combat service: Issued (as replacements) to the schwere Infanterie ‘geschutz company (SP) of armoured infantry regiments, the developmen! with a rigid mount 7.5cm Pak3 in the Jagdpanzer I, and a mouniing for the 381). Ten 38(s) unite were ordorad and the rst wae delivered by mid-1944. Problems. with seating of the Sghis and unmanageable handwheels, lead to postponement of pro. Suction of the rigid mount Jagdpanzer 38(t). but interim production ot this vohiele, with a recoling 7.Sem Pak39, was continued. By November 1944, ile progress had Deen achieved with the various Solutions proposed, and the normal Hetzer was confirmed in produc: tion, Rheinmelall again todk Quer development, with orders to achieve production 8 00" as possible. The final design ol weapon mount fand sight was sont to Prague at the beginning oF April 1945, and Gecision for full production wae to have been taken on 20 April 1945, Success achieved by Rheinmetall load 10 the commencement of @ prototype 28(t) to mount the 10cm StuHA2 which was to have been {ites in 10 per cent of all rigid mount production on the 38(\) Specitic features: Same featuras as for Hetzer, bul the rigid mounted guns had to be moved nearer the centre-lino of the vehicle. The Smaller ball mount allowed thie move, ard made for a stranger front plate beeauso of the small opening required. The new mount reduced hose hoawinass end overall weight. Production vehicles. ware. to be fitted with an elevation stabilizer, and the coaxial MG mount, being Sesionsa Tor the Jagepanzer 38(@), was to be ineorerated when ‘Aemour (men) Front Side Rear Top Soperstueture: 2 uit 1001 Gun shiete 38 10 open opan * Unarmed Munitionspanzer History: The initial desions for Walfentrager based on the lxege and complicated Pz III/IV chassis, were bull curing 1943. The Wa Prut 4 (Orenance Proving Branch 4) decided that these were too heavy and 00 costly for the purpeses of the Arillry. In February 1944, a ew specification was issued for a Watlentrager to replace towed Brillery weapons. Again, the wespon was to be digmountable, but from a low rear platform without special equipment. The traverse was to be 360". lve heigh! 7.8m and elevation 8" +45". Krupp. we given overall resgonsibilily forthe project, with Rheinmetall co- Operating an gun aspects, and Ardelt and Steyr developing the PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 36(t) AND 38it) PLUS VARIANTS 55 Chassis. The lightvehicle project was managed Initially, it was proposed to have @ rear drive in keeping with current thinking, but the more conventional tront drive was adopted as it allowed a lower gun platlorm. Steyr produced a vehicle with running (gear based on the RSQ. (Raupenschlopper Ost= Tracked. Tractor, East), but the Ardelt design with normal 38(1) wheels was accepted for pfosuction. The engine and transmission were placed to the igh fof the driver, and the driver's compartment could be folded to. give Increased depression to. the gun. Prototypes based on the 36(1) wore built late in 1944. Production was to be an the basis of the 38(6) which featured 2 new transmission. the Tatva-103 220PS motor, and ow ldlor/arive sprockets. A 38(d) mounting the @om Paked was teslea successtully at Hilersleben on 27 April 1946. 2 Herr Woetfart, wo Pre 19, Rainmatt- Bong srterae fo 8.Bom PaKAD on Ie nnannvtantrbee, Pritt ie on Sie orvoute fs & ten Paka SLI Watentger 30:12: Brat Bion Paes Watertrgervils Pte 160 shor re Src, nay cr: rns ne end ae wth funy has nou Doan moves Ture’ back onthe Mu. 56 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 35it) AND 38(t) PLUS VARIANTS 162.972. Deion sae for mau sundried waaponasarone, Pitt 16 106; Sac Nr Entecontionsagur mawrane weer wPwB/405, Pints 167-168. Dain or Mite Elonawatenigar maunding 1m a 18/6 Pas 190:17. Dang orcs Ennaewanonrigar mounting Bom 1 3S Mittlerer Einheitswaffentrager Other designations: 10.5cm—Gerat 578 GW 638/21, 15cm sIG—Gerat 577 GW ‘638/22, 15cm sFH— Gerat 580 GW 638/23 Type: Medium standardized weapons carriage Prototypes only ‘itn 10.56m IeFH mounted Crew: 4 Weight (tons): 19° Length (metres): 6.28 Engine: Praga AC/2 Gearbox: § forward, 1 reverse Speed (km/hr): 35 ‘iat (mottos) 9.18. Radio: FuGTS Height (metres): 2.25 ‘Armament allornaves: Arm Traverse Sight: nition’ 30cm loF 18/40/5360" (hand) Ries 40 Le Sem 81G99/2 L711 sem sKi@/1 T28em KB1/3 (SI) 30° left st 445 30 Liss 530" right (nand) Sem sFH18/6 L/30 30° lett 30° right (hand) —9° +45" 88cm Pakés L/71 360 (hana) —8* +40" comer py Jagdpanzer 38(d) /20, 12.8em—Gerat 579 GW Armour {mm Front Side Rear Top Superstruciure: 2 10 8 Hult rn rn) Gun shiets 1510 open open “eight with 12.80m K81/3(St) mounted. 15.8 tons History: AL the samo time as the leichler Einheltswatfonteiger (Light Standard Weapons Carrier) w38 being ull” a parallel project was being managed by a Mr Egen, also of Krupp, This was a. larger Vonicle, with 6 28(t) Wheels per side, and was known ae the Keupp |, wile the four-wheet version ‘Decame known ae the Krupp Il. It had been Intended to develop this vehicle so as Io have more possibilities in the types of gun mountes, bul certain prabloms arose with. the Tangth/width ratio and the design had not been adopted when hos tiles. ceased. Like the 4wheel design, production vanicles ware to havo baen based on the 38(d), with ils naw Grive train and Tatra 303 220PS air-cooled motor. 173-174, Maer Enblewaonttiger mounting 10m oF HNB/A/5 2 Other designations: Gerat 548—Jagdpanzer 638/29 fiir 7.5em Pak42/1, Gerat 547—Jagdpanzer 638/28 fir 10.5cm ‘StuHa2/2 Type: Tank destroyer Protelypes only: production decision was to have been taken on 20 ‘April 1985, From mid 1948, production plan called for 1.250 units per ‘month trom alkett, Vomag, Krupp-Gruson, MAG and Niwerke. Alkelt thereto inekide 125 SIUHA? in their batch crew: 4 Engine: Tatra 103 Weight (tons): 16 Gearbox: 5 lorward, 1 reverse engin (metres): 527 Speea (km/hr). 2 Wisin (motres}: 28% Range (km): 220 Height (metres): 1.75, Radio: FuGS+FuG Spr | ‘Armament: One 7.Sem Paka2/ U0 or 105Sem Siutl42/2L/28 One 7.92mm Mas2 Traverse: 8° lett 8 right (hana) = Elevation: 8" +15" Sight: W2E2/2 = Armour (mm/angle}: Front Side Rear Top/atlom Supersiructure 0/60 20/65" 8/78" 8/90" at 60/40" 20/0" 20/12" 8/90" Gon mantier 60/Saukoptblende History: Lang-term plans for AFV production indicated that the Pz Kew IW'ehassis was to be replaced by the Pz ll/IV chagsie by mid 1945, tnd many changes had already Been Incorporated in the production Gf vonicles. However. inthe autumn of 1944, production of the Pr III/IV was cancelled, and Hiller ordered that all production tac ties thus treed ware to be used for 38(t) and 38(d). Tho. 38(1) friginal Czech model. was to continue in production as the Het some with rigid mounted guns, and some in the existing vanants ‘The 38(t) was alzo to be the basis for @ reconnaissance vehicle. The 38(d) was a slighty larger, redesigned version, dlifering mainly in thal It Used the Tatra 2205 diesel air-cooled engine and a new drive train. This redesigned vehicle was. capable of mounting the. 7.Sem Paké2/1(L/70), ether ina recoiling mount, oF rigidly, and could thus roplace the Pz 1V/70. ‘The 736m Paks9(L/48) ana 105em ‘StuH42/2 were altorative weapons, a2 the 38(a) was also to bo 2 replacement for the StuG Il, The 38(d) preduetion was to be teken Up by all the German manulacturers engaged in the Pz Kptw IV and StuGIIt programme, ‘while GNM and Skoda continued for the tine being wiih the 38(%). In addition 10 the Jagdnanzer vanicles, the 38(d) was intended 10 be the basis of roplacement Kugetbltz (bal lightning: AA Tank) when the Pz Kpfw IV chassis was terminated. A wooden mockup indicated that it was to use 9 smaller ture! race than that on the Pz 1V version. Development of the turret allowed two 2em MG in addition to the Iwo em MK 103 to be controlled by one crew man. The hydraulic averse. and elevation control parmitted movement of 45° per second. Traverse was 360. and elevation was, Mpr+70". 1,200 Sem and 1,000 2em rounds were to be caried Thora were two versions, Aust Protektorat and Aust Reich. The ai ference belwoen them was in the hull configuration PANZERKAMPFWAGEN 35{t) AND 38It) PLUS VARIANTS 57 Panzerkampiwagen III and variants Panzerkampfwagen Ill Ausf A (Sd Kfz 141) Other designation: 1 Serie ZW Type. Medium tank Manulacturer: Daimier-Bara 15mm armour was designed fo withstand armourpiercing rounds Wom Chassis Nos: 60701-80110 files or small eabre, machine-guns only, 10 producea wp 1987 Combat service. The Isl Aust A wore 1ssued to Panzer regiments in Crew: 5 Engine: Maybach HL108 the spring of 1987. Havin. only 15mm armour and an unsalistactory Weight (1098): 15.4 Gearbox: & Yorward, 1 reverse Suspension. they were all witnérawn Trom combat units in February Lengin (meives): 569 ‘Speed (krn/hr) 38 1940 Wiatn (metres): 2.81 Range (km): 165 Height (metres): 234 Radio: FuGs Aemament: One 3Jem Two 792mm M34 One 782mm MGI Kw L/46.5 Traverse: 360", [hand Elevation, «= 10" 20" = Sight T2F58 kore Ammurition: 150 Pzgr 4,500 Pate Sm Spar Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Botiom Turret: 39/95) 15/25" 15/0°-21" 10/8290" Superstructure: 38/10" 15/0 15/0" 10/70°=30 Hull 15/20" 15/0" 18/0" 8/90 Gun emantet $8/rouna History: In. 1935, development orders were issued tor a Jultrackea Vehicle in the Son clase Originaly known ae the 2.7em Goschutz Panzerwagen (Vs Ktz 619) (Armoured Gun Caster) (Trial Venicle No 619)}._the Pz Kplw ill went into production on a deuslopment Series in 1997. By early May 1997, fwe of this 1 Serie Zugtunrerwagen (ist Series Plataon Commander's Vehicle), the Aust Ahad been produced Special features: Tho Aust A nag 2,3.7em gun mounted in tho turret lwith two coaial machine-guna. A third machine-gun, manned by the ‘adic ageralor was mounted in the fon! of the superstructure. The Pe Kol lll nad.a crew of five; commander, gunner. loader, driver snd racio operator. Power was provided by a V-12 gasoline engine. trans ferred though 2 live-speed gearbox and conteolleg by an eDicyelic cluleh and brake steering system. The suspension consisied of lve foad wheels damponad by oil sBrings, and two return salers. The Paes 28.196, Krups mschng 1 he ZV (Zugliwerwagen) fpachgaton whan hey cadenated Ma" iow 177, Tha trar of ah ust , showing the 276m Fee L/46 Bins sara! puma, end the Sgn eupos, Pia $78 Pkt i asl Pinte 19 oppose puget) Pe Kahl Aust Ain Pane in 1590. 58 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Ill AND VARIANTS Other designation: 2 Serie ZW Type: Medium tank Manuiacturer: Daimier Benz Chassis Nos. 6020T=80272 48 produced in 1937 Crew § Engine: Maybach HL108TR Weigh (tons): 159 Gearbox: 5 forward, 1 reverse Length (metees): 567 Speed (km/hr): 40 Wath (metres): 281 Range (km): 165 Hoigm (metres): 239 Bacio: FuGs: Armament: One 2 Tom Two 792mm MG24 One 7.92mm M34 we L746 Traverse: 380° (nana) Elovation: — —19" +20" Sig 12F58 kozre Ammunition: 121 Pzgr 4,500 Pate Sm + Sper Armout (mm/angle): Front Side Ton/Bettom Turret 15/15" 15/25" Rear 10/88"~30" Sureratucture 15/10" 15/0" 15/0°-21" 10/90" al: 15/25 18/0 15/0" 9/90" Gun manta: 15/roune History: The Aust B was the second attempt at a design solution for 4atank in the 1500 class. Only a small number of these design eeties Vohiclos were produced 10 provide a gunvarmed Pz Kotw for taining Specific teatures: The dosign of the suspension of the Aust B was ebimplelely diferent from thal of the AUst A. In place ol the fiva road lahesle with coil springs, the Aus! had eight road wheels per side, ‘vided into pairs, wih long leat springs supporting a pair 0! road Wheels at each end. Further improvements ware made by increasing the number of return rollers to three, redesigning the cupola. and altering tbo rear deck and engine air louvies, Combat service: The Aust B were issued lo Panzer units in 1997, MMi action in Poland. thay were all removed trom combatant units in February 1940 because of their unsalisiactory suspension and 5mm armour. In October 1940, the five Aus! 8 gst, which had been Used for the expenmental (O-Serie) series of tha Slurmgeschute wera setuened {0 the Armoured troops and used as training vehicles Pas 180-81, Px Kot i Aus! 6. Th ret view shows the ‘despre supol (Compure win Ps PANZERKAMPFWAGEN III AND VARIANTS 59 Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf C (Sd Kfz 141) Other designation: 3a Serie ZW ‘Type: Medium tank Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz Chassis Nos: 60301-60315 18 produced from 1937 to January 1938 Craw: Engine: Maybach HL108TR Weight (tons): 16 Gearbox: 5 forward, 1 reverse Lenath (metres): 5.65 Speed (km/hr): 4 Wiath (metres): 2.62 Range (km): 165 Height (metres): 2.42 Fado. FUGS: Armament: One 3.7em Two 782mm MG24 One 7.92mm MG34 wk L/46.5 Traverse: 360° (hand) hang Elevation: — 10" +20" 25a = Kgzee 121 Peer 4,500 Patr Smk [Armour (men/an Front Side Rear, ‘Top/Bottom Turret. 48/15" 15/25" 15/0°-21" 10/89"-20" Superstructur: as/itt 15/0" 15/9" 10/73"-00" ful 15/25" 18/0" 416/29" 5/90" Gun mantit 18/round History: The third vehicle in the development series, the Aust C, was. yet another attempt to improve the design of the suspension Specie features: Tho Aust C sill had aight road wheels on each sid with tho first and tast pairs on a short leat spring, mounted paralel to the ground. The second and third pairs were supported by a longer leatspring assembly. Also Teatured wore a servo-operated epicyclic clutch, brake sleering and @ new design for the drive sprookol and idler, Combat service: By 20 January 1988, there were only twenty-three Pz Kptw Ill in the total Army Inventory, but this number had increased to fonyiwo by the end of Maren 1938. The Ausf C saw action only in Poland. It was withdrawn trom Panzer regiments in February 1940, before the start of the campaign in the Was! Panzerkampfwagen Ill Ausf D (Sd Kfz 141) Other designation: 3b Serie ZW Type: Medium tank Manutacturer: Daimler-Benz Chassis Nos. 60221-60225, 60316-60340 0 produced trom January fo June 1838 Craw: § Engine: Maybach HL108TR Weight (tone): 16 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Lengin (metres): 5.92 Speed (km/hr) 40 Wiatn (metres): 2.82 ange (km): 165 Height {metees): 2.42 Fade FuGs. Armament: One 37m ‘Two 792mm MG24 One 792mm MG34 Kw L746 5 Traverso: 360° (hand) = hand Elgvation: 10" +20" = Sight TZFSa Kaze Ammunition: 121 Pzgr 4,500 Par Sm Spar Armour (mm/angle): Front Side ase Tap/Bottom Turret 15/15" 15/25" 35/0"-21" 10/89"-90 Supersiructur: 15/10" 15/0" 38/10" 10/75 -00" Hl 15/20" 18/0" 38/23" 5/90" Gun manti: 1S/round History: The Aust D was the fourth of the development series for an armoured vehicle in the 15 fon class. Again, emphasis was placed on improving the suspension Specific features: The suspension was again improved over previous veniclas by inelining the laslepring assemblies supporting the fits ‘nd last pairs of road wheels. in order to inerease support. The Aust O had @ newly-designed sprocket, idler and transmission. This was the ‘adsl in the series. with ‘TSmm basic amour. although anew foduces, with 30mm armour and five vision siyle cupola had been W ‘The design of the rear dack and hull rear was changed to improve armour protection. The louvres. on top were replaced by halches Wanien could be Bracsd open, Combat service. During 1938, the official organization called for three Pz Kptw Ill in a Zug (platoon) in the light tank company (a) of each armoured detachment. Thus, each Panzer regiment sas to have only sit P2 Kpfw Il ang. each’ Panzer division, twolve. Atiar action ia Poland, the Ausf O vias also withdrawn trom the Panzer regiments in February "1920. lg. frontline. service was. lengthened by "several months. howavar, whan Aus! D ware fecued to Pe Abt 2 b V4 (Tank Detachment for Special Employment 40), which fought in Norway in April 1940 Pon 182 Pe Kohl Aust 0 casi er boing used a 9 acto). Pinte 3, Cos of tw now cuts Salar asad on Ps Row Ast D, , Fandon Pe Pte tbe Fe nstw Aost O 60 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Ill AND VARIANTS. Panzerkampfwagen iff Ausf E (Sd Kfz 141) Other designation: 4 Serie ZW Type: Medium tank Manulacturer: Oaimier-erz, Henschel, MAN Chassis Nos: 60401-60896 98 produced Irom December 1998 to October 1939 Grew: $ Engine” Maybach HL12018 Weight (tons): 19.5 Gearnox: 10 torware, «reverse Lenath {motris). 5.38 Speed (km/hr): 40 iain (metres): 2.81 fRange km): 165 Height {metres}: 2.44 Fags. FuGs: ‘Armament: One &.7em Twe 792mm MG34 One 7.92!mm MG3A Kuk L/48.5, Traverse: 360° (hang) = 15% Jett 2" right (hand) jevaion: —10" +20" = 0" +10" igh: ZFS xozre Ammunition: 191 Prgr 4.500 Pate Smk Spar Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Batlom Tura 30/15° 30/25" 39/0°-21" 12/85"-90" Supereructure aoa" 30/0" 21/29" 39/77"~80" ols agar 30/0" 21%" 16/90" un mantiot B0/eaund History: The Aust € was the first in the Series to go into extended praduetion, Is Basic design remained unchanged throughout the rest Of tha series. as a resull of the edaplation of a successful suspension ‘yslom supported by torsion bars ‘Specie features: The increase in armour protection, with a resultant Increase in weight, was allowed by the new suspension design, con: sisting of six road ‘wheels, individually supported by torsion Oars. The hull Sto was made of single pate instead of the previous segmented plales. Eacape hatches wers introduced on bolh sides of tne hull, and uring the production run, vision port Tor the radio operator was ‘ded to the superstructure side. A larger engine and a new gearbox wore inlroducad, aod eouble with the. latler eausad. problems. tor Inase-production, All Aus! E came off the proguclion‘ing mounting the 370m Kwk. From August 1940 until 1942, many were convened to ry the Som Kw L/42 wilh an external mann Ordars were also 19 meteese the armour protection by ading 20mm plates to hull lon! na rear and superstructure Wont, at the same time a Lunguaring took place. Combat service: On 1 September 1999 there wore ony 98 Pr Kpfw It Inthe entire Army inventory. at the start of the Campaign in Poland. ‘The production of the Aust E had allowed a slight increase in tne offal organization of trom thie to five Pz Kptw tlt in the 1 Zug (181 Platoon} of tne ight tank companies. However, production delays and the formation ot special organizations euch as the Armoured Training Detachment, mean! that some Panzer divisions in Foland were with ut a angle Pz Kpte il, The service lle of the Aust E was extended by easrming thom with the Scm Kwk L/42 and, (rom $983, converting soveral of them to Pz Beob Wa (Armoured Observation Vehicles) Pie ee ugatenda 30 he ful machine-gun housing thad on Peal Aust, #1 and Mond on 2 ey est Dane PANZERKAMPFWAGEN II AND VARIANTS 61 Panzerkampfwagen Ill Ausf F (Sd Kfz 141) Other designation: 5 Serie ZW Type: Medium tank Menutactucer: Daimler-Benz, Henschel, MAN. Alkett, FAMO Chassis Nos: 61001-51650 495 produced from September 1959 to July 1940 Grew: S Engine: Maybach HL12014M Weight (tons): 19.8 Goaroox: 10 forward, 4 raverte engin (matres): 938 Speed (km/hr): a0 Wiaih (metres): 2.91 Fiange (km): 165 Height (matees): 244 Radio: Fucs Armament: One 3.7em Two 792mm MG34_——One 7.82mm MGI Kuk L788 5 Traverse” 960° (hand) = 15° felt 20° right hand) Elevation: — 10" 20 = 10 +10) ‘Sight: TZFGa kgzre Ammunition: 131 Pzgr 4,500 Pate Smk & Spor ‘Armour (mim/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Turret 80/5" 20/95" 90/0" 24° 13/09°-0" Superstructure aoa? 30/0° 28/29" 17/77°-80" Hult 30/21" 3070" 21/10" 16/80" Gun mantit 30/t0una History: Basically. the Aust F was the sama vehicle as tho Aust E. In fact twas tho result of an order to mass-produce an ellective bale tank. In January 1939, the order was reduced by 250, stter produc tion orders had been placed for the improved madele, Aust G and Specific teatures: The basic change was to ths ignilion system. Early in'the production run, cast airintakes wera added to the upper fll plate 10 allow air circulation for brakes_and finalarive coating, The Iajoriy wore produced mounting the %.7em KwK. bul approximately $00 were equipped with the Sem KwK L/42 and external mantiol 3% original equipment. From August 1940 unl 1982, many of the re- mainder were converted from the 3.7em Kw to the Sem Kuk L742 Bnd exlernal_gun mantel, Orders were algo issued to uparmour the hull ané superstructure, by adding 90mm plates, at the same time as the upgunning took place Combat service: In late 1990 and early 1940, the Aust F were issued to the Panzer regiments as quickly a they’ could be produced. On 10 May 1940, 248 Px Kplw Ill, mostly Aust Cand F, but with a few Bust G. were with seven Panzer ivicions on the Westen Front. At this time, there were two light tank companiea with each tank detach ‘ment, Bot the actus! strangin varied greatly Between the seven Pazar Givisions, canging trom tive to seventeen Px. KpIw Ill in each bont tank company, The last Aust F known o have beon in action were with the T16In Panzer Division in June 1944. They are now on display ft the Patton Museum st For Knox, Kentucky. fate 10191.F2 Kh At Tha thie shown abo ci hem Kk 2g Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf G (Sd Kfz 141) Other designation: 6 Serie ZW Type: Medium tank Manulacturer; Daimler-Benz, MAN, Alkelt, Henschel, Wegmann, FAMO. MINH Chassis Nos. 65001-65950 600 prouced trom April 1980 to February 1941 Crowe 5 Engine: Maybach HLY20TRM Weigh (tons): 203 Gaarbox: 10 forward, 4 reverse Length (motres)= 5.43 Speed (km/hr): 40 Wigih (moires)” 2.95 Range (km): 165 ght {meties)> 2464 Radio. FuGs Armament: One Scm One 782mm MGIs__One 7.92mm MGI Kw L742 Traverse: 360° (nana) = 15% lett 20° sight (hand) Elevation: 10" 420° = 10" +10" Sight TZF5S = kaze Ammunition: 98 Pear 2700 Patr Smk © Spar ‘Armour (mo/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Battom Turret: 30/15" 30/25" 30/0"-21" 12/85°-80" Supuesructure: 30/8" 30/0 30/30" 17/77°-50" ul go/a1* 30/0 30/10" 16/80 Gin mantio a1/0"-45 History: An initis! order for 7,250, placed in January 1999, had been educed to 400 by May 1999, when the Pz Kplw 2B(!} production bboeame available Irom Czechoslovakia. The entira series was to have hae the 3.7em KwK. bUt the lessons learned in Poland and France accelerated the introduction of tne Sem KwK L742, 50 thal the great ‘ajonty of the Aust G received this armament Specie features: The main differences from previous models were the incraase from 23mm to aOmm in the armour thickness of the hull ese. and the introduction of a new pivoting visor for the driver. The Turret was modified to inelude an exhaust fan mounted on the roof and one signat port was eliminated. In midproduction, a nevly designed cupola was inroduces, and, late in the sories, wider (adem) tracks. Approximately tity Aust G were equipped with the 3 7em kwh L/46.5 with internal mantil, The remainder had the Som Kwic L/42 with extarnal mantiat. From August 1940 intl 1942, many of tose mounting the 27em Kwk ware up-armoured and up-gunned fo the Sem Kwk L/42. The sight for the 2.7em KwK was the TZFSe Combat service: Early Aus! G produced from April fo June 1940, were issued. as replacements 10 the Panzor regiments at the front in France, Contrary to popula bela, all Pz KpWw Ill in Seruce in France had the 2.7em Kw Px Kplw Il with the Sem Kw L/42 were test Droduced in duly 1840. Pr Xp Ill with the A7em Kwk had boon Dhased out of service in Russia by the end of 1947, Most survivors mounting the 2.?em Kwk wate converted fo maunl the Sem KwK L742, but ityour remained on the Army inventory 8 late 88 September 94 oes 19218, Pe Kul Ava! G. The vile in the top shotogrash ve the redanigassugi an ina vr an hed wei Teh asthe Scr Kk a2, but retain he pe of cupola Piste 84 The cuno vead sn Pe Kotw Aue GH, J, Md Snafon Pz Koha W Aue &, Pond © PANZERKAMPEWAGEN Il AND VARIANTS 6 Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf H (Sd Kfz 141) Other designation: 7 Serie ZW Type: Medium tank Manuta Chassis Nos: 6500%-56650 rer: MAN, Alkelt, Henschel, Wegmann, MNH, MIAG 308 produced fram Oclaber 1940 to April 1941 Crew 5 Engine: Maybach HL120TRM Weight (tons): 21.8 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 5.41 Speed (km/nr):_40 Wisin (metves)” 2.95 Pange (km): 165 Hoight (metres): 244 Radio: FUGS Acmament: One Sem One 7.92mmMG24—_One 7.92mm MGI eu /a2 ‘Traverse: 360° (hand) = 15% left 20° right (hand) Elevation: 10" +20" = 1" +10" Sight: TZFSé kaze Ammunition: 99 Pagr 2,700 Pate Smk & Spar Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear ‘Top/@ottom Tore 2013" 30/25" 201° 10/85"-30" Sunsrstructure 304-30/90° 30/0" 90/20" 17/77"-90 a 30:1 30/23" 30/0" 30-+30/8" 16/90 Gun mantiet: 31/05 History: An initial order for 759 Aust H was placed in January 1938. This was to De the first model to mount the Sem KwK, end the turret was redesigned to accommodate it. Tho campaigns in France and Poland had shown a need Tot increased protection and although it was too fate. to increase the basic armour, addivonal plates were Bolted to it The order for the Aust H was reduced by 450 when tho ew model of tne Pz Kpfw tl with heavier basic armour (Aust J) wae planned. Specie features: The Aus! H had a newly designed ture, the rear of which was formed from a single plate. The besic 30mm armour was Increased by the addition of 30mm plates to the hull rear. hull front and superstructure front. A new transmission. sprocket snd_ idler dosign wore also introduced with this model. To protect the smoke candles, an armoured cover was fitted. The Aust H was the fist ‘model to have a turret basket, and this was cubsequenily rero-tited {o'the Aus! E, F and G, The sOmm "30mm armour on the front of the hull and superetructure of the Aus! H was impenatrable at combat ranges by the main enemy tank and antitank guns in use in 194%, the British 2pounder, the American 7mm MS end the Russian 45mm Mosel 1937, Combat service: On 20 June 1941, there wore seventeen Panzer div sions on the border of the fesritery hald by the Russians, Of these, Sk had been issued with Pz Kplw 98(t) and eleven ad Pe Kptw Il Each and every light armoured company ad is full complement af ‘seventeen Pz Kpin Il which gave a total of 860 Pz Kptw ill Aust E od, it those at dotachment and regimental headquarters. wore Included Plates 195-198, Pe Xo Il Aust M.A ete of rive sorocka, with sx O-hap0d hoe [Tlagen ght soca arr, was voauead with ths ol, Note the SO se Sister ated onto tha user snd omer ose pes Above! n Sofi, 14; ban ot ed Panzerkampfwagen Ill Ausf J (Sd Kfz 141) Other designation: 8 Serie ZW Type: Medium tank Manufacturer: Daimior Benz, MAN, Alketl, Henschel, Wegmann, MIAG, NH chassis Nos 68001-69000, 72001-74100 1549 produced trom March 1941 to July 1942 Crow: 5 Engine: Maybach HL120TAM Wieignt (tons): 21.5 Gearbox: 6 Yorwarc, 1 raverse Length (mettes): 5.52 Speed (km/nv): <0 Wiaih (metres): 2.95 Range (km): 155 Height (metres): 2.50, Radio: FuGs Armamant: One Scm One 7.92mmMG34 One 792mm MG34 wk U4 Traverse: 360° (hand) = and Elevation: —10" +20" Sight: T2FS@ kazre Armunitan: 99 Pzgr 2.700 Pate Sm © Spar Armour (rvn/angie): Front Sige Rear ‘Top/ottom Tet 20/18" 30/25 30/12" 10/85"-20" superstructure: 50/9" 30/0" 50/15" 17/7580 rl 50/21" 30/0" 50/10" 16/90" Gun mentit 50/0" History: The Aust J wae the first model of the series to have the Hrmou" protection increased fo a basi SOnim. An inial ardat for 900 was lator Increased 10 2.700 and assigned a second chassis number Specific features: The inctease 10 SOmm of the main front and rear sur ace srmaur, necesstalad newly designed lings. AN improved visor lor the driver as ited, tagather with new Ballshaped hull machine gun mount. Single-plece accass hatches in tho glacis, hinged al tho fom. wore filled in place of tho doubleralch.. Newiy-designed air makes for brake and final-dive cooling were mounted on tne. upper hull rot, The smoke-cradle rack was re-positioned and mounted in side the fodesigned Unper tail plate, or additional armour protection from Apel 1942, 20mm spaced armour wee added (0 the gun mantle ind/or auperetucture Wont Combat service: The Aus! J with the Scm KwK L/42 were used to squp the 2nd and Sth Panzer Oivisions. and an independent Panzer ngiment, which were sont as reinlarcements 10 Russia i Seplomber 1941" Tho remainder were Used to replace the lose of aporoximately 1400 Pz Kptw tl during the first year of fighting in Russia and North Arica. Al the star! of the summer campaign on the Eastern Tron! in ne 1942, approximately 500 Pz Kpfu lll (Sem KwK L/<2) were with "2 Panzar duisions al the lant A year later. at the start ot the llensive at Kursk, there were stil 141 with Army Groups Centre ang So, ren FEE ites ams Ee ihren Plates 199-200, Pe Kofw lll Aust J. Plate 199 ‘Shows he aero oad ru on th 9 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN II AND VARIANTS 65, Panzerkampfwagen Ill Ausf J (Sd Kfz 141/1) Other designation: 8 Serie ZW Type: Medium tank Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz, Alkstt, Henschel, Wegmann, MNH, MIAG, in August 1940, Hitler had ordered the L/60 gun. but the Ordnance Mian Department oid not implement the decision as the L/42 had recent CChessis Nos: 72001-74100, 68001-69000 eon introduces and hed proved sucasstul_ At he birthday. demons ‘067 produced irom December 1941 to July 1942 tration in Apa 184 Hier saw the Pa Kp il Aust J sil wihoUt th Crew 5 Engine” Maybach HLY20TRM Jong gun and insisted on its iting as soon. er possible Events in Weight (tons): 215 Gearbox: 6 forward, Treverse Russia. two. month. Ialer proved the need for'@ more power Longin (mares): 6.28 Speed (km/hr). 40 rmament Wiaih (metres) 295 ange (km)" 158 Specie features: The only diferencas betwoan the Aust J with th Height (motes): 28 acto: FuCs Sem Kwk L/42 and those with the Sem Kwk99_L/60, ware the” un ‘Armament: One Sem One 7.92mm MG34 One 792mm MGa4_{SAit 204 the amnion jglowage which was reduced because of th Kewk39 1/60 ‘Combat service: The Aust J with the long-barrelled Sem KwK39 L/60 Tverae 980" (nang) = and rere isued To the five tank detachments formed in eaty 7942 fo levation = the 3rd. 16th, 29th and 60th Motorized Infantry Divisions, and the 5th Sight: T2FSe Oy kozFe SS Motorized Infantry Division ‘Wiking’. The ‘remainder were Ueod ® Ammunition: @4 Pzgr 2.700 Patr Smk replacements for the extremely high losses which had been sustained Spar in’ Russia ‘and North Aira The Tong Som Kk was very uselul i ‘Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom North Alrica when engaging the Grant and Valentine tanks, but wa armou Foose Sates BOM. ToRBoUSe af lita value in a Hontal engagement against @ Russian T-34 or KV Supereteveture 50/9" 30/0" S0/1S* 17/7580" Hull 50/21" 30/0" 50/10" 16/80" Gun mantit: 50/0"-45 History: Orders ware given to get the Sem KWwK39 L/60 gun into a produttion series as quickly as possible which resulted in the Aust J Series being split betwaen this gun ang the Sem KwK L/42. Originally Paina 209-22. P2 Kot I Aula tthe emia 109 rah Ruma. Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf L (Sd Kfz 141/1) Type: Medium tank (eae ont ete aet abo cn Manutacturer: Henschel, Wegmann, Alketl, MNH. MIAG, MAN. Dsimler Benz Chassis Nos: 74101-75500 653 produced trom June to December 1942 Crew: 5 Engine: Maybach HLY20TRM Weight (tons): 22.7 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 628 Speed (km/hr): 40 Wisin (metros): 295 Range (km): 155 Height (metres): 25 Radio: FuGs Armament: One Scm One 782mm MG34 One 7.82mm MGB4 Kwik39 L/60, Traverse: 360° nang) = ane Elevation; —10" +20" = Sight: TZF5e = Kazre Ammunition 92 Pzgr 4,950 Pate Sk & Spor ‘Atmour (min/angle}: Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Turret 57/15 30/25 30/12" 10/85"-90" Supersteucture: 50+ 20/9" 30/0" 50/17" 18/78°-80" at 50/21" 30/0" 50/9" 16/90" Gun mantle 50-+20/0"-45) History: in March 1942, a study was undertaken to determine whether Kpfu Ill. 447 Aust L were used to mount the short 7.Sem gun and the PE Kpfw IV tureet would tion the Pz Kpfw ill superstructure, thus. became Aust N. One Aust L was completed with an expat Analysis rovealad thal” the resultant weight was excessive, and mantal, apered-bore KwKO725, humerous modilications would be necessary. The idea was dropped, Specific features: Improvements to the Ausf L included increasing and production of the Pz Kpfw Ill wilh the Sem KWwKI9 L760 the armour on the turret front from 0mm to STmm, instaling 1 Continued. The orginal order for 1.100 AUst was reduces by an torsion-bar counler-balance instead of a coil spring for the main gut Order, early in dune 1942, to mount 450 7.5cm KwK L/24 in the Pe and allering the alrinslake louvres and haiches on the rear deck. Al 66 — PANZERKAMPFWAGEN ill AND VARIANTS ‘ust L hed 20mm spaced armour on tbe superstructure front, and fmost had 20mm spaced stmour an the gun mantiet. Early in the pro- Guction run, the hull escape hatches on the null side, the loader’s Wision port on the gun manilet and tho turret side ports were deleted jine coolant fram one vel Aust 1942, a the stat! of the summer offen Sve" there wore approximately 600 Pz. Kptw Ill mounting the. Sem Kuk W/60 with units at the Iront in Russia, Apart from replacing losses, Aust L were issued to the newlylormed Panzer regiments of the ist (Leibsiandarte Ado Hitler). 2nd (Dae Reich) and dd (Toten opt) $5 Panzergrenadier Divisions, and the Panzergrenadier Division ‘us 206205, Ko ua towing th sac amo on an on roe nn emits o he andes vison Baton ee the ee) Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf M (Sd Kfz 141/1) Type: Medium tank Manulacturer: Wegmann, MAN. MIAG, MINH Chassis Nos: 76101-77800 250 produéed (rom October 1942 to Fobruary 1053 Crew. & Engine: ‘Maybach HL120TRM Woight (tons): 22 Goarbox: 6 Yorward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 6.41 Speed (km/hr): 40 wiain (moves): 2.95 Flange (km) 158 Height (metres): 25 Radio: Fuge Armament: One Sem One 7.82mm MG34 One T.92mm MG3E wks L/60, Traverse: 360° (hand hana’ Elation: — 10° +20 Sight. TZF5@ kazre munition: 82 Pi 50 Palr mK 3 Spat ‘Armour (mm/angl»): Front Side_ Rear Top/Bottom tu Srss" 30/25" 30/12" 10/63"-00 Superstructre: $0+-20/9" 30/0" S0/17" 18/79"-80 wut far" 30/0" 80/8" 18/00 Gun mantet: 20/0" 5 Histon: As early as March 1942, tho OKH was considoring replacing js soon a8 possible the Pe Kotw il by the Panther. In July 1942, the fier for 1,000 of the tinal Pz Kplw il series, the Aust WM, was cut Back to 775, Shorlly afterwards, t was decided to use Pz Kew Il Chassis to bullé SIUG, and 165 Aust M chassis wore set aside for this purpose. Reaction fo the AUN, with ite short 7.3em KwK been veiy positive and resulted in an_order issued early in 4942 fo domploto the Aust M series ae AUS with the 7.5om KWK / 24. Also in November 1942, was conceived the ides to mount a fame Paes 206-27 Pe Kot AVE. Note he acing coat a ronson stance fen he ‘te Rag vohiles eavoped win Seharzealarmout ‘hil onthe san Font Ihrower in the turret of the P2 Kptw Ill, and 100 Aust M were eat ‘marked for this purpose. A lurther 47 P2 Kptw Nl were nevar com Plated, with the result that, of the intial Grdgr for 1,000 Aust M, only 250 were completed, Specific features: The basic difference between the Aust Land the Aus! M was the fording equipment on the Aust M. This was achieves bby sealing devices around ull Pull airints and discharge lowres anc by a modilied muller with a closure-valve mounted high on the. hull fear. In addition, the smoke-laying device was changed trom the 5 ‘smoke-candle rearmounted rack to. dischargers, mounted. torward fon each turrel side. When Titled with the wide Ostkelte, the width Increases to. 3.277, and for this reason, vehicles with Sehurzen (apron armour) were 3.1m wide Combat service: The Aust M were mainly used 10 replace trontiine Josses. Although it ha lost is effectiveness in frontal fank-varnie tank ‘etions, there. wore still 432 P2 Kphw tll (Sem Kwk 1/60) with the armoured and armoured Inluntry aivisicns of Army Groups Cane fand South, at the star of the ollensive at Kursk in duly 1943, At the Same time, the Airborne Panzer Division Hermann” Goring and. the sth Panzergrenadier Division had 49 P2 Kpiw ill (Sem KWK L/60) for ne dotence of Sicily PANZERKAMPFWAGENIIANO VARIANTS 67. Panzerkampfwagen Ill Ausf N (Sd Kfz 141/2) Type: Medium support tank Manulacturer: Henschel, Wegmann, MNH, MIAG, MAN Chassis Nos 73851-77800 883 produced from June 1942 to August 1943 plus 37 converted from rebuill Pz Kptw ill, crew 5 Weight (tons): 23 Engine: Maybach HL20TAM Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Length (melees): 5.52 (Aust ©) Speed (krm/he): 40 565 (Aus! M) Range (km): 155 Win (metres): 2.95 Facie: FuGS: Horaht (metres): 2.8 ‘Armament: One 78cm One 782mm MG34 One 792mm MGI Kk U4 Traverse: 360° (hand) = hana Elevation: 8° 420") = Sight: TZF56 Kare Ammunition: Aust L '58 Prat, Sear & Nebel 3,450 Patr Smik ‘ust Wt 14 Por, Spar & Nobel 3,750 Patr Smk Aimour (mm/angle}: Front Sida Rear To /Hallom Turret ST/IS* 30/2§° 90/12" 10789 -90 Superetructure 50.» 20/9" 30/0" 0/17" 18/78" 80 Ht s0/21 30/0" 50/9" 16/90 Gun mantiet 50/0" History: In. June 1942, because of the decreased etectiveness of the Fr Kplw ill against enemy armour, was dacided to mount ino Sem KwiCL/24 in the Pz Kptw Ill This gun not only tired 2 more ellecive high-explosive (Spar) round, but algo lied shaped-charaed ,Hoht Jadung) round with bettar armour penetrating abilly than "he long barrelled Sem KwK89 L/60 which il replaced. The initial order for 4450 was produced, using 3 from the Ausl J sari ond 447 ram tho [Aust L series. Since the traovs liked the Aust N, an Order was issued In November to complete the Aual M series. with the. short 7-5em Kwk. 213 Aust M were 89 converted, ana an addiionat 87 P2 Kol Il felurned from the Irani tor major overhaul, were also converled 16 Aust Nite complate the series of 700. Specific features: The basic features were the same as the Aust J. L and M sere. The only ciferencss were that the Aus! N had the W'5em Kuk L/24 stead at the Sem KWK. ang did nol nave spaced armour’ on the gun mantlet Decause the additional weight of tbe 7'sem KwK. Many of the late model Aust N were filled wilh @ new cupola with thicker armour and a single hatch in place of the earlier esign with a split hatch. From March 1843, the Aust N were filled with skirting armour during oraduction. Combat service: From Sepiember 1942 to May 1948, the heavy tank ompanie® organisation called for 10 Pz Kplw Aust N to render clase Suppor for the nine Tigess. I addlion, the AUS! N wore issued to the Panzar regiments of the Panzer divisions and used in the came com bat role as the Pz Kol IV with the snort 7-x¢m KK. Al tho siad of tha Kursk offensive ‘9 July 1943, there were 155. Aust N with the Panzer iroops in Aray Groups Centre and South ‘te 20. Pao Aust, Tesi a's oon he Aa Leh and Fate 208Pe ko ual Ranke beng Sendored 1 Alles foros in Norway. Thee Eel gud wpe, wi ag hh coven snd Shana Panzerkampfwagen III (FI) (Sd Kfz 141/3) Type: Medium flame-thrower tank Manulscturer: Weqmana, Chassis Nos: 77509-77708 00 produces trom February to April 1943, Crew: 3 Engine: Maybach HLY2012M Wieignt (tone): 23 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Length (metres) 6.41 Speed (km/hr). 40 Wiath (metres): 2.85 Range (km) 155. Radio: FuGs + FuG2 One 792mm MG34_— One 7 92mm MGI Height (metres): 250 Armameot: One \émm Fiammenwerter Traverse: 360" (hand) hana Elevation: ~-B* +20) Sight Kare ‘Ammunition: 1,000 ites 9,750 Pate Sk Flammal ‘Armour (mm/angle}: Fron! Side Rear Yop/Bottom Turret: S75" 30/25" 30/12 10/85"-30" Superstructure: 504 20/9° 30/0" 50/17* 16/17°-90 wut 504+30/21" 30/0" 50/9" 16/50" Gun mantor 504+ 20/0"45" History: In November 1942, the idea arose to mount a flamethrower inthe 1utet of me Pe Kplw Ill tor use in close-range combat such 8s fed boon oxperiancnd a) Slalingrad. Prodilclion was to have oegun in January, Db! was net back a month because of problems with the “Flammanwerter production. One hundred Pz Kolw ill of the Aust M series wore Dull by MIAG, and wore turned over to Wegmann for tompetion 2s the P2 Kptw lil (FI). Specille features: The Pz Kplw Ill (FI) nag the same basic fostores 2 the Aus! M since his was the model used fo Turis the chassis, A llame-tvower was mounted in’ ihe turret in place of tha Sem Kwk L/6D. Additional protection was affarded by welding 30mm plates fe the hull front. Range of the Vame-prajecior was S5m 10 60m, Combat service: The Pz Kplw Ill(FI) never reached tho troops at Stalingrad, Dut were Issued to Panzer regiments al the rate of seven {ents to each Flamethrower Platoon, In July 1943, toly-one. ware available in tha 6th Panzer Division, 11th Panzer Division and Panzer Division Grossdeutechland, forthe allack on KU'SK at 211212. Pr Koh PANZERKAMPFWAGEN IIL AND VARIANTS 69 Panzerkampfwagen III als Tauchpanzer Other designation: Tauchpanzer II Type: Submersible battle tank 168 converte from July to October 1940, Daa as tor Pz Kplw Il) Aust F (3.7em) and (Som). Pe Kplw iit Aust and Aus! H, and gr Pz Bet Wg History: The Tauchpanzer was developed in mid-1B80 for the pro posed invasion of England (Sea Lion). The Pz Kplw Ill wete modities land provided with a submersion kit. Airinlakes were filed wih lock ing covers, and the exhaust was iiled with non-reture valves. The Cupola, gun mantiet ana hull MG were sealed wilh waterproof tabrie overs. An inflatable rubber tude ‘surrounded the turret ring, While Submerged. the tank drew air through a aize Wom a last carrying a Snorkel device and ragie. antenna which remained on the surface A ‘gyro-compass was used for underwater navigation. The Tauchpanzer Could operate in opine of up to 15 melres. A vessel with = hinged a titel 70. PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Iii AND VARIANTS ramp was used to disembark the Tavehpanzer al a suilable distance fiom the shore, With the cancellation ef Sea Lion, the Tauchaanzer were no longer required in quite the same form. At Nilowite neat Prague. in tne spring ol 1941, mest of the anke were modilied 10 make them suilable for river crossing, with a fixed snorkel pipe attached thvough the commander's cupola. Combat service: From July 1940. Tour sections of volunteers trom existing Panzer regimeni were tied on the Island of Syil. and the ‘Tauchpanzer ware to bs ready for operations a! Pullos by 10 Kugus!. In mid October, thvae of these seciions were attached to the ‘i Panzer Dwision, and the remainder went 10 the 6th Panzer Regiment of the rd Panzer Division. On 22 shine 198%, the Tauehpanzer of he Sain Panzer Division eragsad the Rivor Bug at Patulin fool. With the tank suber ge i» sowed fut keapn the schnorkel Seve and Faanann bore mater Pain? shows ibang conduc ama beach ec, the (Shoe edhe watson loom af aesnans wich wa cries on te vr of he wos 20d gence un enti he wale. Pate 28: a iv-croning modtcaen,consng Panzerbefehlswagen III Ausf D’ (Sd Kfz 267, 268) Other designation: 3c Serie ZW Type: Medium tracked command vehicle Manulacturer: DaimierSenz Chassis Noe 603a1-60s 80 produced Irom June 1938 19 March 1939, Crew 5 ‘Engine. Mayoach 28108112 Weight ions): 182 Gearbox: §vorwars. I reverse Leng (mitre) Speed (kev/nr) 40 Wider (rettes)” 2 Height metraa): 2.42 ange (kn): 165 Rago: FuGé + FuGB (Se Kty 267) FUG +FUGT (So Kle 268), ‘Armament. One 792mm G34 Traverse: 50" (hand) Elevation: 1S" 12 ‘Sight Ko ZF2 rimuniion: 1.300 Palr Smk Armour {mm/angie:: Front Hear Top/Bottom Turret 30/15 30/0"-21" 13/83 -80 Superstructure: Boris 30/0 30/9" 13/7980 Hull: Seat a0/0° 30/37 16/80 Gun mane B0vround History: Tne need of command vehicles for tactical contro! of the Panzer regiments. was realized trom the inception of the atmoured troops in 1380. More space war required than was provided by the Kleine ‘Panzerbeteniswagen, “resulting in the adaptation of the Pr Kptw Ill design for the grosse Panzerbelehiswagen (Large ‘Aemoured Command Vehicle). The external apovarence was main tained as closely a8 possible Yo that of the Pz Kaw Ill, $0 that the command vehicla would No! unduly attract enemy lire The inl! forcer for 32 was nol completed because ol production delays and the Inroduelion 31 a Getler suspensian design ‘Specilie teatures: The Aust D" had the same basic design and suspen sion as the P2 Kplw ill Aus! D. The dillerences wero. hicker aimaur Gummy main armament, lure Bolind in place, rdaivondl vision and Pistol ports on the superstructure sides, and a pistol port io place of the machine;gun en the “upersituctute front The large irame antenns bn the rear deck reuthly disinguished this vehicle Irom @-P2 Kot Il Combat service: From 1938 ro 1939, the Slab (Headguarlers) ol each Ter detachmes. Panzer regimen! and Panver brigade, were 10 2 graese Panzerbeleniswager. With only 38 Pz Be! Wo Aus! D' tnd € svalable on | Seplember 1999, most units were shart of the Fequies number.and several units did sot recolve any, Tne Aust femtained in service during the Western campaign in 1940, but had een retired by early 1947 Because of their inadequate suspension irs 218220. ef Wo tt Aus! 0, showing the G8 fame Aotennssn theny 3.7em gu PANZERKAMPFWAGEN II|AND VARIANTS 71 Panzerbefehlswagen Ausf E (Sd Kfz 266-268) Other designation: 2 Serie gr Pz Bet Wa Type: Medium tracked command vehicle Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz Cassie Nos: 60501-60545, 48 produced (rom July 1939 to February 1940 Crew. 5 Engine: Maybach HL1207R Weight (tone): 10.5 Gearbox: 10 forward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 5.38 ‘Speed (km/hr): 40 Wistn (metres): 291 Range (km): 165 Haight (motres): 2.44 Rage. FUGS + FuGe2 (Sa k'z 266) FuGs + FuG8 (Sd Kz 267) FuGe + FuG? (Sd iz 268, Armament. One 782mm MG3¢ ‘Traverse. 60" (hand) Elevation: 18" +35" Sight. KgzF2 Ammunition: 1.500 Pate Smik Armour (mm/angle): Front, Side Rear Top/Bottom Tur 20/15* 30/25* 30/0"-21 12/83"-80" Supersteucture Borer. 30/0° 21/29 17/7780" ult an/as* 30/0° 21/10" 16790" Gun mane: s0/round History: The second order tor the gr Pz Bet Wg was for 45 pasoa on the same design and suspension ss tho Pz Kolw II) Aust E, The series was not completed as quickly a3 originally. planned because of material shortages aarly in the war Specific features: The Aust |: had the same hull and suspension as the Pz Kptw Ill Aust E. The dilferonces were: dummy main armament tWrret bolted in placa, additional vision and pistol ports on the super stiveture sides, and a pistol port in place of the machine-gun on the Superstruelure front. The large ffeme antenna ‘onthe rear dack feadily distinguished this vehicle from a PE Katw Il Combat service: Sixtytour Pz Bel Wg Aust D' and E were available with Panzer divisions at the start of the Western campaign in. 1940, With @ sant in. ap replacements using the fighting. The Avst © ra malned in service untl the end of the war, Being gradually phased fut by attrition Pata 21-222, Pe Bak Wo Aust E Panzerbefehiswagen Ausf H (Sd Kfz 266-268) Other designation: 3 Serie gr Pz Bet Wo Type: Medium tracked command vehicle Manulacturer: Daimer-Senz Cheasis Nos. 70001-70145, 70146-70175 145 produves {rom November 1940 to September 1941 and 90 from December 1961 to Senwary 1942 crow: 5 Engine: Maybach HL120TAM Weight (tons): 24.8 Geareox: 6 forward, 1 reverse engin (metres): 5.4 Speed (km/h), 40 Wiath (motes): 2.95, Range (km): 165 Height (matres)= 244 Radio: FuGB-4+ FuG? (Sa klz 266) FuGs | FuGe (Sd Ke 267), FuG6+FUG7 (Sd Kie 258) ‘Armament: One 782mm MG34 Traverse. 60" (hand) Elevation: — 10" 425" Sight KgZFe Ammunition” 2.850 Aimour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear_—‘Top/Botiom Turret 30/15" 30/25 a0/1310/85°-80" Superstructre: 30+30/9" 30/0" 30/20" 17/77"-90" Hult 3030/25" 30/0" 40+30/8 16/90 Gon mantiet B0/round History: In January 1938, the order was placed for the tira series amounting to 345 grosse Panzerbotehiswa learned in Poland and France, the original design, specifying only ‘Somm armour, was changed {6 require an addillanal aOmm_ armour plate to be bolted to the front of the hull and superstructure. and ull fear, Directly after complation of the first Aust sores. # second Series of 30 ‘alter Typ" (old type) was ordered in October 1941. Most Of these indoed had the old siyle Aust W hull, but a fow of the last produced used the chassis of the Pz Kptw Ill Avat J Specific features: The Aus! H had the same hull and suspension 5 the Pz Kpiw Ill Aust H. The diferences were in the main armament turret bolted in place, additional vision and pistol ports on the super 72 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Ill AND VARIANTS. AS a result of lessons (ates 22 ad 24 oppo pone, too) P2 Bel Wa Aus! Hsin adotonal armour on neta nd on sors pat structure sides, and a pistol port in placa of the machine-gun on tho superstructure Ieent. The durmmy gun on the early models resembied the 3 7em Kuk L/45, Thia was changed on later models to a dummy un resembling the Sem Kwk L/42.A TSF periscope was mounied Combat service: With increased production, the numbor of Pz Bet We at Panzorableiung and Tank Regiments headquarters was increased ta two. In addition, the revised organizalion of he Pz Nachrichten (Signals) "Abteilung in the Panzer divisions called for seven P2 Bet Wg" Sa K'z 267 and 268, At tho stat of the summer offensive in 19¢t, 120 gr Pe Sel Wa Aust E and H ware with the 17 Panzer divisions. The Second series of Pz. Bal Wa Aust H were mainly used to equip ew units sueh a6 the 25th Panzer Division, 2nd SS Panzergrenadier Division “Das “Reich” and. the Armoured Infantry Division “Gross doutschian At the slant of the summer offensive in lato June 1842, there were approximatoly 75 grosse Pz Bet Wo at the Kron! Panzerbefehlswagen mit 5cm KwK 1/42 (Sd Kfz 141) Other designation: Pz Kpfw lll (Sd Kfz 141) (als Pz Bef Wo) Type: Medium command tank Manufacturer: Osimier-Senz Chassis Nos. 72001-78100 St produced trom Augus! lo November 1942 104 converted trom Pz Kptw Il {rom March to September 1943 Crew: 5 ‘Engine: Maybach HL120TAM Waigh (Hons): 215 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 628 Speed (km/hr). 40 Wiath (motos) 2.95 Pango (km): 185 Height (metres): 250 Radio: FUGS+ FuG7 FuGs+ FuGe Armament: One Sem KwK /42 One 792mm MOS4 Traverse: 380" (hand) Elevation: = 10" +20 Sight: TZFSd = ‘Ammunition: 75 Pzgr & Spar 1,500 Patr Sm Armour (mm/angle): Front Side_ Rear Top/Bottom Turret Sorts? 30/25" 80/12" 1o/e3"-90" Superstructure: 204 50/9" 30/0" 50/15" 17/75"-90" ut 50/21" 30/0" 50/10" 10/00" Gun mantis 20+ 50/0"-45" History: Ever since the campaign in Poland, the troone had been ask: Ing for a command vehicle with more elective armament then 3 few Imachinepisiols ang the single machine-gun. They finally got their Wish threo years Tater when Daimler Benz. was alven an order to Convert Pz Kotw ill fo Pz Bel Wg by the addition of & long-range ratio, In January 1943, the WaA issued” an order thal thre would be no furiner production of spaciallydesignes Pe Bet Wa. All Command Wwhicles would be produced by conversion of standard production Pr kplw. From March to Septembar 1983, an additional 104 Pz Kphw I (Sem Kwk L/42) were converted to Pz Bet Wg by removing an lanmuntion rack and adding the long-range radio, Speci features: Virtually Ihe same vahicle ae the Pr Kplw ill Auet J ‘The only diterences were the elimination of the hull machine-gun Pat 25. Ps Bef Wo mit Gorm Kk LI, Sees land reduction in the number of rounds carried in order to make room for the additional radio sets. A TSF1 periscope was mounted in the turret root of these command vehicles. Combat service: issued 10. the newiy-lormed SS Panzer Divisions Lioslandante Adolf Hitler, "Das Reich. "Totenkopf and "Wiking land 93 replacoments io many ether units. In addition to their normal role with Panter regiments and Panzer Nachtichten Abteilung. from 43943 the Pz Be! Wig L/42 ware to be issued as command vehicles for Sturmpancer detachments, assault gun detachments and armoured racio-contral detachments, PANZERKAMPFWAGEN III AND VARIANTS 73 Panzerbefehlswagen mit 5cm KwK39 L/60 Other designation: 4 Serie Pz Bef Wa Ausf K ‘Type: Medium command tank Manviacturer: DaimlerSenz Ghassis Nos: 70201=70250 50 produced tom December 1942 to February 1943 Crew 5 Engine: Maybach HL120TAM Weignt (tons): 23, Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Cenath (meres): 6.21 Speed (km/hr). 40 Wiath (metres), 2.95, Range (km): 155 elon (motros)= 251 Radio: FuGS | FuGS (So klz 267) FuGS +FUGT (Se Kz 258) Armament: One Sem KwK39L/60 One 7.92mm MGa« Traverse: 360° (hand) = Elevation: 10" 420 = Sight 250 = Ammunition: 65 P2ar & Spar 1.500 Patr Sm Armour (mm/angle): Frent_ Side_ Rear Top/otiom Turret 57/15" 90/25" 30/12" 10/83"-0" Superstructure $04-20/9° 30/0. 0/12" 18/79°-90 Hu 50/at". 30/0" 80/9" 16/90 Gun mantiet 50/0 ~ History, The original order for 200 Pr Gat Wa 4 Serie was issued 11 October 1941. The main feature was the relenton of @ proper main armament. ine Sem KwK (760. This order was postponed. Isl as 2 Fesult of the Qulling of 30 addilgnal Pz Bet Wg Aust H, and then because of ihe e-6er for 80 Pr Bo! Wo mit Sem KwK 10 De converted trom Ine Pz KoWw Ml Aus! J productin, Finaly. Ihe # Serie Pe Bet Wa mit'Sem Kwk L760 Sch! (small gun mani!) was to be prosuced Slongsige the Pe Kpfw Il Aus! M from Oclober 1942, but the order Was reduced Io 50 because Pr Katw lil production. was being Terminated ang it had been decided 10 convert Pz Kalw Ill to Bel Wa from early 1943, Specific feaures: The Aus! K had the same hull and superstructure S the Aust M with the exception of addifonal vision and pistol ports fn the superstructure sides, The lunet war modiles the dillerence Being ® shortened gun manta! elevon of the coaxial machine-gun and the adsiion ofa visor to the turret Mont, quite similar i design {athe divers visor. The lorge-trame antenna on previous command tank models was reslaced by a "tar nalenna Combat service: The Avs! K were isiied as replacements lor the heavy loses sustained during the winter of 1942745, The Aust K were maintained as command vehicles until mid 1944 in armoured celach: ate ‘mans which, otherwise, were completely equipped withthe Pe Kp! V. os ¥ nop. rape Lae Fen it 37 hae aor Plate 228. A command tk y Soon 74 PANZERKAMPEWAGEN Ill AND VARIANTS Artillerie-Panzerbeobachtungswagen (Panzerkampfwagen Ill) (Sd Kfz 143) Type: Armoured observation post based on obsolete tank chassis chassis Nos: 60401-78000 282 produced by converting Pz Kplw II) rom February 1945 to April "oe crow: 5 Engine: Maybach HL120TRM or TR Weigh! (lone): 195-20 Gearbox" 10 forward. 4 reverse oF Longin (motes): 552 6 forward. 1 reverse Wath (motes)? 2.82, Speed (kein). 40 Height (metres): 250 ange (km): 165 Radio. Fuca & FuGe Armament: One 782mm MG34 Traverse: nan Sight: TOF?2 ‘Ammunilion: 1.$00 Patr Sm Armour (mm/engle): Front Side Rear ——-Top/Bottom Tort 30/15" 30/28" 30/12, «10785"-80 Supersiructure Bo430/9" 30/0" 30/20" 17/77"-90 a 0430/21" 30/0" 30430/10" 16790" Gun mani 50/0"—15" History: With the development of tulytrackad. selt-prapelied autllory, came the need of a Wliytracked armoured abservation-vehiale. Since the older Pe Kptw Ill Aust E to H had lost most of their combat eliectiveness, it was decided, a3_an interim solution, 19 modily them Plans wera made Io replace them with s Pz Beob Wg specifically esigned for thal purpose, but this never materialized Specific features: The hull. supersitucture and turrel remained the Same as the Pz Kplw Ill Aust E to Aust M. upon which the Pz Beob Wg was based, with the following exceptions: (1) 30mm armour plate was added to the hull fal and rear, 36 superstructure rear of all Converted Avs! € 10.6. (2) The machine-gun mounted in the super Structure front was removed ang the pole plugged. (3) The original {gun mantlet was removed and replaced by a thicker mantlel, with Summy gun and a machine-gun mounled in the centre of the mantle Combat service: Introduces with the lirsl Hummel and Wespe Bat leries (Hummel=bumble-dee; Wespe~wasp) early in 1943. they remained in service unl the end af Me war. The organization of each Wiespe and Hummel Gallery included two Pz Beod Wa Pine 224. be Seo Wt Aut mie 20: Be Wo I uel. Bergepanzer III ‘Type: Armoured recovery vehicle on tank chassis Appr. 150 conv Crow: 3 Weight (10n8): 19) lad from March to December 1044 Engine: Maybach HL120TRM Gearbox: 6 Torward, 1 roverso LLengtn (mats): 6.28 Speed (km/hr). 40 Wath (moves): 2.95 Flange (km): 200, Height (metas): 245, Radio. FuGS Armament: Two 782mm M634 “Traverse! hand Sight: Ko2F2 ‘Aemour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Boltom ‘Suporstructure: 50/8 30/0. $0/17" 18/79"-90 Hult $0/21° 30/0" 50/9 16/90) History: In January 1944, t was ordered that all Pz Kplw ill returned for overhaul be convatted to Bergeoanzer. The produclion plan called for fiteen to be converted in Maret thity ia April and thirty in May. ‘These vehicles were to be used with the Panzeroergeanker (1 achs) (armoured recovery anchor. t-avlo) {Sd An 40). This large snchor was places alan appropriate location, and the Bergepanzer pulled the vehicle 19 be recovered, via a raduction tackle attached by cable to the anchor, Specie features: A large wooden box body was mounted on top of the formar lighting compartment. A detrick Grane, like. that onthe Borgepaniher, was provided with mounting locations. on the reat fngine covers. The wide Ostkette (East track for Russia) tracks were generally used Combat service: issued to the Workshop Company ot the Panzer detachments equipped with the Pz Kptw IV or Sturmgoschate lil oF IV In February 1845, 180 Borgepanzer Il were listed as available, 76 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Ill AND VARIANTS. 23-238. Bavgononer il showing te use ol the recovery anche. (Nota, a Pate 3B, thee Guta ces Panzerkampfwagen III mit Schachtellaufwerk Type: Battle tank with experimental suspension Wistoy: Prototype development of large interleaving road wheots using @ Pz Kpfw Ill Aust (7 ZW) as the basis of the conversion. ‘The one ptotolype built late in 1940 was used for Waining purposes tlle testing had been completed, Pt 20-28, Ko I it Schacht Minenraumpanzer III Type: Mine destroyer History: Protolype evelopment of a mine-destroyer vehicle The Turretiess hull af P2 Kotw Tid with an extened and raised suspension sysiom. It was designed to have 8 boom, extended 0 the front, carving the mine-detonation equivment. 29.49. Mnerraumpanae Il ight 4 cates ot tersaed na inkonced PANZERKAMPRWAGEN IANO VARIANTS 77 ‘ate 241, Pa Kw Aut Wa Schone Pte 243. Nurvionsponzer wut ast Px Ko i Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf N als Schienen-Ketten Fahrzeug SK1 Type: Battle tank with railway suspension: Histor Two or three ptololpes of these SK wore converted from The drive tain was mediied 20 that the rail bogies were driven by Pe Kptw I Aue L (158m L/24) ering Tate 1942 end esriy 1949. The the tank engine, The speed oo ale could reach TOOKm/re. Sauter in suspension wae re-contigured 0 a§ 10 allow the railway bogie wheels Vienna carried oul the development work on this project. The prate te be telracted Inio the bolly for normal eross-countey perlarmance. type was demonsirated on 20 October 1843, Pionierpanzerwagen auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen IIl Other designation: Pionierpanzer I Type: Tracked carrier History: From 1943, a number of Px Kot Ill rom the Inler series were convarted 19 Engineers’ vehicles by removing the turret and ‘iting facks for carrying equipment and small assault bridges Munitionspanzer auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen III Other designations: Munitionspanzer Ill, Schiepper III Type: Ammunition carrier History: From May 1343, some old Pz Kptw Ill reluined for rebuilding, tank detachments. Tu 1s from converted tenks were lacued for use were converted 10 Bel Wg and Boob Wo, The remanndat were con. in lixed emplacements. In May 1948, 110 turrets. armed with Scm Verted to Munilionspanzer betwoon May. 1843. and May 1944. Aer Kw L/42 and L/60 wore available for such use {hat date, P2 Kofw ill were converted to Sergepancer Il, for use with 78 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Ill AND VARIANTS Gepanzerter Selbstfahrlafette fiir Sturmgeschiitz 7.5cm Kanone Ausf A (Sd Kfz 142) Other designations: StuG Ausf A, 1 Serie Type: Assault gun Manutacturer: Alkatt Chassis Nos: 20001-90100 S prototypes of the O series builtin 1987 9 produced Wom January to May 1940 Grew: « Engine: Maybach ML120TR Weight ftons): 196 Gearbox: 10 forward, 4 revorse Length (mottos): 5.28 Speed (km/hr) 40 Wiatn (motes). 282 Range (km): 160 Height (metres): 1.95 Radio: FuGi6 or FuGi6 ‘Armament: One 75cm SluKST L/24 Traverse: 12" left 12" Fight Elevation: 10" +20 Sight: Fs ‘Ammunition: 4 Armour {mm/engle): Front Sido Rear Top/Bottom Supersiucture 50/10" 30/0" + 30/30" 11778"-B0" & 9/20 17/85; ul 50/21" 90/0" 90/20" 4.16/30" 10" Histor: On 1$ June 1936, the order was given 10 develop an armoured vericle for Infantry support, mounting a gua of al least Tisem calibre. The gun was required fo. havea minimum of 25" traverse, and to be mounted in the hull, eliminating the requirement for a turret, which could result in a vehicle nol exceeding the height fof sn average man. The experimental (O-serie) series “consisted of five P2 Kplw lil Ausf B chassis (Chassis Nos 90216-90220), upon which were mounted the soft steel superstructures containing the fixed Sem Stik.” After the successtul testing of these protetypes, the {Serie Aust A want into production in January 1940. Specitic features: The StuG Aus! A had the same suspension, drive Ieaia components and baste hull shape as the 5 ZW (Pz Kptw ill aust F), but the similarity stopped there. The StuG front and rear armour ‘was thicker. here were no escape hatches on the hull sides, and the brake aecese hatches on the glacis wore hinged at the sides instead ff fore and at The 7Scm StK37 was mounted olfsel 10 the right in the. squat superstructure, Vision for the. driver was provided by pivoting visor anda twin perscope device in the superstructure Front. anda vision port in. the ieft_ superstructure. The gunner's arillenyyne periscope sight was provided with a direct vision por In the. lah Upper superstructure, and. the commander had 2 scissors Peviseope which could be raised by opening the front hall of Nis faccess "netch. Additional armour protection was. provided for the row by atiaching mm ples an angie lo the supersiucture Combat service: The first StuG was issued 10 the troops in February 4840, with an additional 24 by :Re end of May. These wore used to avin Stormaniieno Batteries 640, E59, 660 and 5, which wert into action in France, BES ae PANZERKAMPFWAGENIIAND VARIANTS 79 Gepanzerter Selbstfahrlafette fiir Sturmgeschiitz 7.5cm Kanone Ausf B (Sd Kfz 142) Other designations: StuG Ausf B, 2 und 3 Serie Type: Assault gun Manufacturer: Alkett History: The Aust 8 was the 2nd and ard Series of the StuG, differing Ghassis Nos 90101-90420 from the previous model by improvements to the divs tain {320 produced trom June 1940 to May 194% Speciic feaves: Improvements were made to the ignition system. Crow: 4 Engine: Maybach HL1Z0TAM and a synchromesh transmission replaced the pro:s Weiant (tons): 20.2 Gearbox: 6 forwara, 1 rovarse in the Ausf A. The 3rd Sorles of tho Aus! B produc Length (metres): 5.4 Speed (km/hr). a0 Sicspoke ative sprocket, and an eightspoke ler, designed for the Wiatn (metres): 293 Range (km): 160 ‘wider 40em track. The mainder of the vehicle was unchanged. Height (metres): 198 Radio: FuGis or FuGi6 Combat service: By the tnd al 1940, the number of Sturmartillerie batteries had been raiged te seven, and four assault-arillery aatach- Aumament: One 7.Sem StaK37 L/24 ments, aach wih three batieres had been formed. Additional assault Traverse. 12" elt 12" right (hand) imtilery detachments equipped win Auel @ were formed early in 1941 Elevation: |~—10" +20" ‘Tho 2nd Sturmarillene. Abteilung was present during the Balkans Sight: Rise campaign, ang the 6th Ableilung advanced into Russian territory in| Ammunition: 44 Sune 1984 Aemour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bettom Suporsteveture 50/10" 30/0 + 90/30" 11/78°-00" & 9720" 17/85" Hull so/at* 30/0 30/30"-+ 16/80" 10 Gun mantit: sors" SES . Pay 20.28, SG Rots Gepanzerter Selbstfahrlafette fiir Sturmgeschtitz 7.5cm Kanone Ausf C und D (Sd Kfz 142) Other designations: StuG Ausf C und D, 4 und 5 Serie Type: Assault gun Manufacturer: Alt Armour (mm/angle}: Front Side Rear Top/Sollom Chases Nos 60281-90750 Stperstwelure Forno 50/0" 90/80" 11/9990" & S0 Aust C end 150 Aus! D produced tom May to Saptembar 1041 3/20" ves" Grew ‘iraine Mayoach nacre Hal ovat 30/0" 30/90" + 18/80 wots (on Gourbow forward 7 everse wo tenet to Sooed Gee/hil 0 Gun mani sons: Hovght (metres): 198 Fan Se cuci8 History: The 4th Series of production was the Aust C, and the Sth Semea, the Aust O” Both models feaiured an imoroved supersuste Armament: Ope 7Sem StuK37 L/24 eg tia “2° nat (hand) Speclc tomes: A new superstructure design was iniroduced win bo the aust Othe tininaton ot ha tec visto Sih noua por forthe gunners ta me too haten sbove Ammunition: 44 fhe gunner to allow the gun sight to be “2ised. beside the closed hatch, and a dilferent armour layout for the tron! of the superstructure, 8 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Ill AND VARIANTS With the Aust D, a percentage of the production were built as com Imander's vehicles by adding an armoured pannier to the right side of the superstructure, of similar design to the pannier on the left suparstrvctOre side of all Aust &-D. ‘Combat service: The Ausf C and O were used to replace the trontsine loses of 108 assault guns which nag occurred in 1947, and to equip additional Sturmartillorie dotachmants. Three Aust D found thelr way to North Africa with the Abt 2 bv 268 (Detachment for Special Em ployment 288) early in 1942, saeing action in the enveloping attack ‘round the Gazala position, and the capture of Tobruk, Petes 248.250. Comparntiv opviws of S16 I Aust C FD ion Stu I Aue Gepanzerter Selbstfahrlafette fiir Sturmgeschiitz 7.5cm Kanone Ausf E (Sd Kfz 142) Other designations: StuG Ausf , 6 Serie Type: Assault gun Manutoctuer: Alkett Chases Nos. 90751-01036 272 produced trom Seplomber 1941 to March 1982 Grew: 4 Engine: Maybach HLT20TRM Weight (tons): 20.8 Goarbox: 6 Yorward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 5.4 Speed (ken/hr)= 40 Width (metras): 203 ange (km): 160 Height (metros): 198 Radio: FuGt5 or FUuGIS Armament: Ono 7.5¢m StuK37 L/24 One 7.92mm Ga Traverse: 12" Fett 12° ight (hand) loose Gevalon: 10 +20: loose Sights AIG? direct Ammunition” 44,50) 00 Armour (mmvangle): Front Side. Rear Top/Bottam Superstructure: soto 30/0" 30/30" = 17/78"-90" & 17/85 Hu: 50/21 20/0" 90/20" + 10° 16/90 Gun mantot so/ist History: The Aust & was patt of the 6th Series of StuG production, Original plans were tor S00 Stas in this series, Bul the Aust E produc: ton wes! cut back with the introduction ot the long StukaO in 1942 One Aost E was used 25 2 prototype for this long gua, while 2 second Aust E was used for he StuH prototype. Twelve further Aus! E chassis were used or Ihe SUGGS Specie lestures: The major improvement in the Aust E was tho addi lion of an armoured pannier on the righ side of the superstructure tg al S1UG in this Series Bath the right and lelt panciers wera longer han those on previous odele. The Gmm slanted armour plates on the superstructure sides of previous Aust wore discontinued. Anoiner distinguishing feature of the Aust E were the small hinges tor the lacis hatches, replacing the bulky hinges used on previous Aust. The: Tire power of the SWG mas increasnd by the addition of an MG34 which was stowed internally. The StuG was not provided with a mount or gun shield for the MG34. To bring the abiomatic weapen into Action. the crew member was exposed above the hatch Combat Service: A aw new production Aust E wen! to additions! Sturmgascnutz detachments, bul most were used 10 replace trontling losses. In marly July 1942, there were 619 StuG Aust AE listed as combat reauy. By early July 7048, this {oral had baen reduced 10 142 Aust ALE of whieh, only 37 were with units at the front PANZERKAMPFWAGEN II AND VARIANTS — 81 7.5cm Sturmgeschiitz 40 Ausf F (Sd Kfz 142/1) Other designations: StuG Ausf F, 6 und 7 Serie Type: Assault gun / tank destroyer Manutacturer: Alkett Chassis Nos: 91037-91400 £369 produced trom March to September 1942 plus 1 prototype Crow. # Engine: Maybach HLTZ0TRM Waight (tans): 21.6 Gearbox: 8 lorward, 1 reverse Longin (metres): 6.31 Speed (km/h): a0 Wiath (metres); 292 Range (km): 140 Height (metres): 2.15 Radio’ FuGI5 or FUGTE Armament: On6 7.5em Stuk4 One 7.92mm MG34 L743 oF L/ae. ‘Traverse: 10° leit 10. right (hang) loose Elevation: —6" +20" loose Sight) SIZFIa direct Ammunition: 44 ‘500 ‘Aumour (m/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Supersirvcture S0or$04 20/10" 90/90" 19/78"-80" & 30/10" 17785) Hutt 50.0150 + 90/0" 30/30" + 16/80" 30/2" 10 (Gun mani 50/0" an/a7 0/80 History: On 28 September 1941. a letter from the OKW (Oderkom mando der Wetrmacht=Wehemacht High Command} Io. the OKH (Overkommando des Heeres Army high Command) stated that Hiller fequosied thal the armour of he SIuG be incraased, and that a larger ‘Sem Kanone be mounied These improvements were to De made 25 Quick as possible in order Io regain suisenonty over the now types ‘of anamy tanks (spaciically KV-1-and T-24). This request resulted Jn tho Aust F. with the long. StuKAD, finishing the Gin Series from March to July 1942, and tho 7th Serios irom July to September 1942, Additional armour filing started in June. 1942, and continued for the fest of the Aust F production. so that 182 had the Zusalz Panzerung {adaitional armour). Thirty-one Aus! F were Ted with tne L/#8 gun Specific features: Tho Aus! F retained the same hull and suparetruc: lure a5 the Aust E with the exception of & new modification 10 the superstruetore foot by the adailion of an exhaust Tan to remove gun fumes. Early in the production series, the upper lot ol the. super siructare was mocitied to improve protection. The 75cm StuK40 was ‘mounted in tha same postion ae fhe staK37. but the gun mantlet had Deen redesigned to contain the larger recail mechanism of the larger un Combat service: Tha Aust F were issued mainly to Sturmgeschitz etechments, siveady at the front. Their appearance gave the font fine troops an ellective ant-iank weapon which could easily detest the Russian KV-1 and 1-34. The Aust F were slzo issued (0 the ewlysormad F Skl Kp 912, 319 and 914 (RomoteControlled emai tion Units) and to the Slurmgesehutz detachments of the Hermann Goring Division 2 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Ill AND VARIANTS 7.5cm Sturmgeschiitz 40 Ausf F/8 (Sd Kfz 142/1) Other designations: StuG Ausf F/8, 8 Serie Type: Assault gun / tank destroyer Manutacturer: Alkett Chassis Nos: 91401-91750 334 praduces trom September to Decomber 1842 Crews 4 Engine: Maybach HL120YRM Wieignt (tons): 29:2 Gearbox: 6 forward. 1 reverse Length (metres): 6.77 Speed (km/hr): 40 iain (metres): 282 Range (km): 140 Height (metres): 2.13 Radio’ FuGIS or FuGT6 Armamoat: One 7Sem StuKéO One 7 92mm MG34 was Traveree: 10" lft 10° right (hand) loose Elevation: 6" +20" loose Sight: SIZFIa direct Bmmuniton: 600 armour (mm’angle\: Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Superstrcture: 50.90/10" 20/0" 30/30" 17/7800" & 17/85 at: +2021" 30/0° 50/90° 16/90 Gun mania soo 30/Tr 30/80: 1 the ath Series of the SIUG. production. The History: The Aust F/8 base design change was the improvement of the hull. Four Aust F/6 were converted to SluHA2, and twelve chassis were used for the Suiesse. Specific features: The sare hull design had been maintained trom the Aust Ata F. This was changed in the Aust F/B by the inlraduction of fan improved ‘ull design similar to that used or the P2 Kptw ll Aust J and L. The side plates wore extended past the tront plate, Gnth holes. drilled to provide towing brackels. The rear deck was ‘xtanded farther to the rear. and the airlouvre design was altered to improve ventilation, The tear null armour thickness was increased from 30mm to. S0mm, end-all Aus! F/8 had the additional 30mm armour bolted to the Wont ol the Null and supersivuelure. During 1942, with increased demand for the StuG in preterence to the Pz Kl Ill, Alket! coased production af ihe latter and concentrated on the StuG. AS a resull, a proportion of the Aus! F/B were bull on Pr Kpiw til type hulls. which can be identiied by the singla;iece forward-opening hatch over the final drive. Combat service: Some expansion ol now Sturmgeschitz detachments Continued in the autumn and winter of 1942. Bul again, most Aust £78 were used 10 teplace losses in existing units. In addition 10 the Jedependent unite under Army control, the Leibstandarte Adel Hitler, Das Reich, Teleskop! and Grosedeutsehiand Divisions each recaived a Slurmgeschule detachment. or had thair Sturmgeschtz ‘Company expanded to detachment strength and equipped with Aust F ‘ang Aus! F/8 in 1942, otes 25625. S16 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Il) AND VARIANTS 3 7.5em Sturmgeschiitz 40 Ausf G (Sd Kfz 142/1) Other designation: StuG Ill Ausf G ‘Type: Assault gun / tank destroyer Manulacturer: Alkett, MIAG. Chassis Nos. 76101-77550, 91751-94250, 95001. 105001- 7.720 produced fom December 1942 Io March 1945 plus 173 converte, ‘nom Pz Kptw Ill n 1944 crew 4 Weight (ton3): 23.9 Length (metros): 6.77 with (metres): 2.95. Haight (metes): 2.16 Armament: One 7.50 Engine: Maybach HL 120TRM Gearbox: 6 Yorward, ? averse Speed (km/hr). 40 Range (kr): 155 Radio: FuGis & FuGi6 ‘Ong of two 782mm — One 7.92mm MGS StukaD L/28 Mesa" or MGa2 Traverse: 10" left = loose 10" right (hand) Etovaticn: 6" +20" = loose Sight SIzFta aie Ammunition: 84 00 Armour (mmvangie): Front Side Rear, Top/Bottom Superstructure 504900 30/11" 30/0 yet7/75°~90" 20/10 ul 50+-30 or 30/0" 50/10" 16/90" 80/21" ‘Gun mantlet sOors0 30/17 30/90" 30/0 80/Saukoptblende “Late production only History: The Aust G was the last production series of the StuG. Rall ing olf the assembly line in Dacember 1842, the AUS! G was produced Until the end of the wat, with no major design changes. In 1942. the Gecisizn was made to nse Pz Kntw Ill Fast for SIUG production, since the Pr Kpiw Ill-was Being phased out ana replaced by the Panth In response 10 this request, 165 Pz Kptw Ill Aust M Fast were used chassis for SiuG Aus! G. with production trom February to November $943. in 1968, 173-P2_Kphw Ill, relurmed to the factory for overhaul were converted 10 StuG Aus! G. ‘Specific fealures: The hull of ha Aust G remained unaltered from the ‘design used for the AUSt F/8, The main wesign changes were ta the Superctnuclura, The rool was allered, anda cupola. with periscopes ‘wae added for the commander, and a shield for the machine-gun wes Installed in front of the loader's hatch. The sugerstructure sides were Now slanted, and slanted plates were added Io protact the {ront of oth panniers. Various Improvements were inshitvied during the bro Guclion run, including introduction of the Saukopt (sow's Read) 9u> ‘mantiet [ale in 1983, the coaxial machine-gun early in 1944. an the Nanvertsidigungswalie {close-in delence weapon). and remoie-control ‘machine-gun fo the supersiructure root Iate in spring #944, Vohiclos issued 1a Furklenk Kompanien (RemotoControh Companies) were fies with an additional radio aerial on the left front of the fighting compartment 1001 84 — PANZERKAMPFWAGEN ill AND VARIANTS. Combat service: Twsntyeight Independent Stuimgeschatz detach: ments. four divisional Slurmgescnutz detachments, 1wo 2nd Funklenk Companies and twelve Slurmgeschutz platoons (with Luftwatle Field Divisions) were al the front in. Ruasia. at the star! of tho Kursk ollensive. From the elart of the war. the use of the assault gun spread from Sturmgesenitz detachments 10 the other types ol formations, including Panzer’ detachments. Panzeriager aelachments. and Funkienk companies and detachments, Paes 257268, eres ne, ; fool Suit kos nh hoot pun man. St 10.5cm Sturmhaubitze 42 (Sd Kfz 142/2) Other designation: StuH42 Type: Assault howitzer October 1942 To F ra sary 1965 plus 1 prototype Maybach HL 1207 box: € forward, 1 reverse: (km/h) 40 ‘ange (hrm): Ragio: FUGIS oF FuGI6 ism Ono 7.9mm MGS4* One 7.92mm MGS 00 Armour (mm/angle): Front Side ear Tap/ Bottom supers Sori g0/0" 11 Hah 30/0" 59/10" 16/80 a0? s0/90° aukoptbiende Lavo production only History: From the lossons of combat, the Sturmgeschitz units realizes 281262. Stk? based onthe S1UG I Aus! 0p) And the Aut bom PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Ill AND VARIANTS ca Specific features: The Stuli42 hed the same hull and superstructure 19 S1uG Aust F. F/B and G, upon which it was based. During the production serias, as improvements. were made in the Siu Aust'G. hese same improvements were made on tha SIUH€2. The basic ditference betwoan tho SWuM and SiuG, was the altered gun ‘mount to tako the 10.Sem StH, and allered Internal storage for the larger rounds, Combat service: From 1949, Stull were issued to many of the Sturm goschitz detachments later renamed Slurmgescnitz brigades. Each Getachment equipped with these vehicles received mine StuHA2 which to suppon the StuG40, to provide heavier destructive tre ‘of the Kursk with Army Groups Centre and South sixy-eight StuH42 we at the front in Fussia ate 28, Aaa mol of nd witout inte, Piolo 264 sgh). Studd based onthe StI Aut G, ‘wah Saueot gun morta. - 283 Sturmgeschiitz Ill (Fl) Other designation: StuG (FI) ‘Type: Flame-thrower on assault gun chassis 10 converte in May and Juno 1042 Crewe Engine: Maybach HLIZ0TRM Weight (tons): 23 Gearbox! 6 orward, 1 reverse Lenath (mettas). 552 Speed (km/h. 40 Wiatm (motes): 285 Range {ken} 155 Mevoh (metres): 2.18 Radio: FuGs Armament; One 44mm Flammen One 792mm MG34 Traverse: 10° alt 10" right (hana) loose Elevation: 6" +20 loose Sigh direct ‘ommeniton: 600 ‘Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom superstructure SD 130/10" 3o/t1* 30/0" t1e17/75"-00° Hut 50430/21 30/0" 30/10 6700 Sturminfanteriegeschiitz 33B Type: Assault infantry gun Manufacturer: Alket (Chassis Nos’ 90751-91096, 91401-91750 24 produced trom December 1841 lo October 1942 Crew 8 Engines Maybach HLIZ0TAM Weight {tons}: 21 Gearbox: 6 forward. 1 reverse engin (metres). 5.4 Speed (kon/he]. 20 with (metres). 29 Range (kin) 110 How (motres): 23 Raaio: Puc Sor Armament: One 192m Stu 1/11 One 7.99mm Made ‘Traverse. §.lolt3* gh (hend) 15 la 20" night (mend) Elovaton: 3" 25 S020 Sight AbG64+ SIFY kaze ‘ammunition’ 30 600 Armour (mm/angle):Front Side Rear Top/Botiom Suporstueture 80710 50/25"15/0° 30/00" sat-90 Hut 204450 or 50/21. 20/0" goor 16/90 Guin mentiet: 30/10" S0/t0" 8 © PANZERKAMPEWAGEN ill AND VARIANTS History: In December 1942, plans were made to incresse Stumge Schutz ll production by utilizing the chassis already on order tor the Pe Kptw Ill With the ending of the Pz Kofw Ill praduetion, only 100 fanke would be avaiable Yor manufacture as Flammpanzer (flame Throwing vehicle). and was decided thal of the 220 Sturmgoschutz to'be delivered in June 1942, tan would be arined with the Flarmen: werter. (flamethrower). Only these ten were eventually converted Specitic features: The Sturmkanone (assault-gun) was replaced by the Flammenwerler, and flame. tvel tanks were ‘ited, but otherwise fs for Sturmgescnitz Ill, rom which they were converted. The only Sholographic evidence of these Flammenwerler shows a unit con: Werted from StuG Il Aust F/8, at 05, S168, History: The StuiG33B was the third attempt at mounting the 15cm 51G39 on a Pr Kpfw chassis. Unlike those mounted on the Pz Kohw [Vand I chassis, the siG328 was 1o have a fullyenciosed lighting tompariment. in. July 1947, Alkelt was ordered 10 furnish twelve chassis which were to be completed by the middle of September Ins Iniial version was completed in December 1941 and January 4842, On 20. Septemoor 1942, twelve aseaultvehicles mounting "= heavy weapon capable of demolishing houses with (Wo oF three founds. ware orseted to be completed within 1é days. The original twelve sIG338 wore cebull, and an addiianal twelve new siG30B wore bull in October 1942 Speci fealures: The’ c1G996 had the same hull as the StuG, Aust Pw 746, Sion E and F/8. The superstructure was completely redesigned. The front, sides and fear were extended, ang 9 rool added to form a completaly fnclosed fighting compartment. Tho sIG30 was mounted in a siding Gun mantlot offset to the right of the vehicle's cantreline. Secondary armament was provided by an MG24 ina hull mount in the ght Superstrusture front Combat service: A Sturmgeschotz company was sent to Stalingrad in November 1942, to suppor the Panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions, A second Sturm Schwere Inlanteriegeschalz company was formed as the 8in Company, 201s! Panzer Regiment, 29rd Panzer Division. THis division was sent 10 try to break tne Russian encirclement of Stal grad, and to delay the Russian advance during the winter of 1942/43, Munitionspanzer auf Fahrgestell Sturmgeschiitz III Ausf G Type: Ammunition carrier Histon: in 1944 and 1945, a number of Sturmgeschitz were con Yerted to ammunition carriers by the removal of the Sturmkanone 0 Dilla armour plate covered the font af the gun aperture ins 287. Mucsionspanae ou Fast SUG Aue 28 nowt aa ef a rt wae cat he Rasa Brute hth 9am ant on ‘ie 3s Tee haa A dcp ole o cut the 8.8em gun onthe SUG PANZERKAMPFWAGEN III AND VARIANTS 87 Panzerkampiwagen IV and variants fo yr Yo YF) CD, TE cq ee Ere eae 15 Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf A (Sd Kfz 161) Other designation: 1 Serie BW Type: Medium supnort tank Nanutsetuter: Krupe-Grusen Chassis Noe 80701-20798, {5 prosiced Irom October 1897 10 March 1938 Crew: 5 Engine: Maybach HL108TR Weight (tons): 184 Gearbox: 5 lorwaré, 1 reverse Length (metres): 5.8 Speed (km/hr). 21 Wiain (metes): 29 Range (km): 150 Height (metres): 265 Radio: Fuas Armament: One 750m One 792mm MGI3__ One 7.82mm MGIS wna? L728 Traveise: 360° (electric) hand Elevation: 10" +34 Sight: TZFSD = kozre Anmuniion: 122 Page 3.000 Patr Sm Spgr+ Nebel ‘Anmout (mm/angle” Front Sige Rear Top/Bettom Turret 48/0" 19/25* 15/026" 10/83 20" Supersructure: 18/7" 15/0" 48/10" 1378 Huh 15/12" 15/0" 18/10" $790 Gun mante: 15/round Histon: The development contract for a Pz Kplw is the 20 ton class was iaaued 10 Krupp in 1935. Known originally as the 7Sem Ges: ChilzPanverwagen (Vs Kz 618) (75cm gun armoured vehicle: ‘experimental vehicle Ne. 618). the P2 Kole IV started production in the autumn of 1937. In Apri 1936. the name was changed from GeschitzPanzerwagen to Panzerkamptwagen IV. end. tecewed the ‘deeignaton Vs Kl2 622, whien had previously been assigned to the Pe Kot il. All of the original order of thsiy-ive P2 Kp IV Aust A were completed, ang accepted for i350. Specific features: The suspension of the Pz Kplw IV consisted of 3 forward-dive sprocket, four pairs of roaGuheels with leat spnngs, fear let and Tour relum rollers. Power was provided by 3 12 cylindar gasoline engine, through 2 five-speed transmission to the final drives, and an epicyclio cluleh and brake steering system, An ausiiary engine wae provided 10 drive a generator which provides power for the elecine turral traverse, The /Sem Kwk and @ coaxial MGSé were mounted in an inner moving mantiet in the turel. and a second MG3¢ was mounted in the Irort ol Ihe superstructure, The Smm armour was designed to prevent peneltation by armouriercing rounds {rom smallarms. and. by shall fragments, Numerous vision Siits-and_pistol ports were. provided Tor the crew, with observation provided for the commander by a drum cupola wiih 8 vision sits, The arver's tront plate was lorward of the rest of the superstacture front, eliowing the driver to see lo his right Wont. and providing more oom for internal ammunition storage, Combat service: By January 1998, three Pz Kpfw IV had been issued tothe trogps, and thie number had increased ta thily by | Apr 1988. Seeing actian in Poland, Norway and France, the Aus! A were withdrawn from the Panzer regiments Before the. spring campaigns orga PANZERKAMPFWAGEN IV AND VARIANTS — 89 Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf B (Sd Kfz 161) Other designation: 2 Serie BW Type: Medium support tank Manulatuer: Krupp-Gruson Chassis Nes 80201-20245 42 produced from April to September 1998 Crew: 5 Engine: Maybach HL1207A Weight (tons): 198 Goarbox: 6 Yorward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 5.82 Speed (km/hr): 40 Wath (metres): 2.83, ange (km): 200 Height (metres): 268 Radio: FuGs ‘Armament: One 7.5om KwK37 L/24 One 792mm MG34 Traverse: 380° (electric) Elevation: — 10" +20" Sight: T2*56 = ‘Ammunition: 80 Pagr, Spgr+ Nobel 2.400 Pate Smk Armour (mm/angle): Frent Side ear Top/Bottom Turret 30/10 15/25" 15/0°-24" 10/89"-90" Superstructue: 30/7" 15/0" 15/10. 12/85 90" Ful 30/12" 15/0" 15/10" 5/00" Gun mantle: 30/toune History: Krupp-Gruson had baen given an order to produce 45 of the 2nd ‘Series BW, Bul tee wore not completed because of shortage of parts ‘Specific features: Improvements incorporated in the Aust & includes fa larger engine and sivspeed transmission, an incraase in the Irontal_armour thickness to 30mm, and a new type ol cupala. Other modifications included conical-shaped hood over tho ight signal Port in tha turret ro0h, to shield signal lamps, and single piece hatches over the criver and radiooperator. The superstructure {ont fon the Aust 8 was in one straight piece, without the hull machine-gun Which had been replaced by a visor and a pistol por. In order 10 Prolong their combat life, fom lato 1940, eddiional armour lates Ware bolted to the hull and superstructure sides of some Aust Bs. Combat service: During the period in which the Aust 8 wis produced in 1938, only three Pz Katw IV were issued to a Zug (plaioon) in the light tank company (@) of each Panzer detachment. which resulted in Panzer regiments with only six Pr Kptw IV. Tve Aus! & sew service tm Poland, France, the Galkans and Russia. and had been gradually phased out through alrion by late 1943. Plate 282, The tart for Pz Koiw IV Aust B and C, showing the 7.Sem gn Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf C (Sd Kfz 161) Other designation: 3 Seve BW Type: Medium support tank Manutacturer: KruppGruson Chassis Nos: 80201-80840 134 produced trom Soplomber 1638 jo August 1939 Crow: 5 Engine: Maybach HL120TR Weight (tons): 19 ‘a TAM Longth (metros): 5.92 Goarvox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Wiatn (motes): 2.63, Speed (km/h) 40 Height (metros): 2.68, Range (km): 200 radio: FuGs ‘Aemament: One 752m KwK37 One 7.92mm MG34 U7a4 Traverse: 860° (electric) Elevation: — 10" +20" Sight: TZESb = ‘Ammunition: 80 Pzgr, Spgr-+Nebel_ 2,400 Patr Smk ‘Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottom Turret 0710" 19/28" 45/0°~24 10/83"-90" Suporstructure 30/7" 15/0" 18/10" 12/85°-90" ul aorta" 15/0" 18/10" 5/90" Gun mantis 20/round History: OF tha inital order for 200 Aus! C, only 134 were completed fas Pz Kptw IV. In August 1833, six chassis had been handed over to the inspectorate for Engineers, for use as the basic chassis for Bridge laying tanks, The remeinder of the order, amounting 10 160, were dropped in March 1938, before production had started Specific features: The Aus! C Ineluded a series of miner changes to ime design of the Aust B. including an altered motor mount, improved lunet race, redesigned gunmantiet housing, snd an. armour sleove to protect the coaxial machine-gun. From Chassis No. 80347, the 90 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN IV AND VARIANTS. Pat 283. Pe Kot IV Aut in Poin ‘ust Cs were equipped with an engine, mositiad 10 improve carbura tion, From lato 1940, to prolong combat life, addtional armour plates Wore Bolles 10 the hull and superstructure sidos of some. Aust C. Combat service: With increased production of the Aus! C, the organi dation of the light tank company (a) was altered arly in’ 1999, 30 that the 2-2uq {2nd platoon) was to have four to sik Pz Kotw IV. By the star of tha. Polish campaign, the madium company had been Inttoduead in the 1s! Panzer Division ana the ist Light Division, The former hae. fourteen Pz Kpfw IV in each medium company. the lator had sight. Ont September 1999, the remainder of tho Pancor divisions. sil nad the light tank company (awit four 10 six Br Kp WV, during the Polish Campaign. The Aust C remainsd in active fence unti 1943, bul ils numbers had been gradually reduced by Paes 208.28, ?2 Kot V Aust Colo, in Rul). Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf D (Sd Kfz 161) Other designation: 4 und 5 Serie BW Type: Medium support tank Manulacturr: Krupp-Gruson Chassis Nos. 0501-80748 229 produces from Ociober 199 to May 1943 Crew: 5 Engine: Maybach HL120TAM Weight (tons): 20 Goarbox: 8 forwara, 1 ravarse Longin (msttes): 5.92 ‘Speed (km/nr}. 40 Wiath (metres): 284 Benge (km): 200, Height (metros): 268 Radio: FuGs ‘Armament: Ona 7Sem One 792mm MG34 Ong 7.92mm MG Kwk27 L/24 Traverse: 360° = 20° tolt 20° right (electric) ‘therd) Elevation: — 8" +20" = = 10" +15 Sight: T2FSD = Kg2r2 ‘Ammunition: 80 2.700 Armour (mm/angle}: Front Side Rear Top/Battom Tunet 0/10" 20/25" 20/0°-24" 10/83"-90" Superatecture aor? 20/0" 20/9" 12/84--80° Hu gore” 20/0" 20/10 10/90 Gian mantit 35/0°-29" Histor: In Jonuary 1938, Krupp-Gruson received an order to produce 200 in the 4th Series BW and 48 in Ihe Sth Seriae. OF thie tall, Only 229 wera completod 8 gur-armed Pe Kplw. The olher 19 chassis, Wore lized to produce 16 bridge-laying tanks, 2 seltpropelled guns nd a Muniioneechlepper for Karl. Later in 194%, nan endeavour to seek 2 mare. pawerlul armament, an Aust O was rebuilt with a Bem Kwk99 1/80. Specie features: The main improvements incorporated in the Aust Diwore tne increase in the side and roar armour from 15 to 20mm, {0d Ihe provision of an evietnal mantle! lor he 7.5cm KwK. The super Structure font ‘was stepped so that the plate in Wont of the radio: operator was farther back than thal in Wiont ol the arwer, The driver Pa. Kt Aa ott aa nae had a pistol pow to the right front. and the hull MG was reintroduced Kezotande PANZERKAMPFWAGEN IV AND VARIANTS 91. in front of the radio-operator. Aust D, produced lale in the series, hed additional 30mm plates bolted and welded to the superstructure nd Aull ont, and 20mm plates bolted to the hull and supersinicture ides. Later in 1943, several Aust D wore retitled with 7.Sem Kirk L/a8 tor use with training and replacement units Combat service: By May 1540, Pz Kplw production had been sufficient for every tank detachment to have @ medium tank company of trom ‘x {0 eleven Pz Kolw IV. On 10 May 1940, at the slatt of tho cam: aign In France, there were 280 Aust A, 8, C and D in the Panzer Bivistons, The Ausf D saw service in France, the Balkans, Alvica and Fussia The last lew wore phased out by attrition early in 1944, 92 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN IV AND VARIANTS. Pat 207, Tre rt fr oh YA wena! Fie 8. Ke a nod Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf E (Sd Kfz 161) Other designation: 6 Serie BW Type: Medium support tank Manulacture: Kropp-Gruson Chassis Nos: 80801-81025, 223 produced Wrom September 1940 to April 1841 Crew: 5 ‘Engine: Maybach HL1Z0TRM Woight (tons): 21 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse engin (metres): 5.92 ‘Speed (km/hr): 42 Wisin metres): 284 Ronge (kim): 200 Height (mets): 268 Ragio: FuGs One 7.92mm G34 Armamant: One 7-Scen One 792mm MGs Kwk3? L/24 ‘raverso: 360 20° lott 20° right (electric) (hand) Elevation, —8° +20" = 10" +15: Sight: TZFSD = kaze Brimunition: 80 Pzar, 2.700 Pate Sek Spor “Nebel Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/Bottam Turret B00: 39/24" 26/14" 10/83"-20" Superstructure: 304 30/7* 20.+20/0 20/15: 12/88°-80 fut 50/15" | 2020/0" 20/10" 30/80 Gun maniiet 35/0"-29" Canin Pats 285.295, 8 Kot Aust 6 ABoW HOM, 6 (ty actor tnt snows he nae {procs no re's Yaar Parerstapoe 0) ed erento he a oa Hook History: In January 1938, the order for 229 tn Series BW was issuee fo Keupp-Gruson, and thie tolal wes competed Specific features: Tne main improvements introduced with the Aust Evwere a new cupola design madiications. to the turret, and in {eased armour protection. The Turret now had a single ben! plate for the rat rear, and an exhaust Taq to extract gun tunes. While all Aust E had @ 30mm hull ron! and 20mm plate Bolted to the hull fand superstructure sides. several of the early Aus! © were minis tne extra 30mm plate on ihe superstructure front. Minor modifications Included a timpliieg sprocket design. lacis hatches ‘countersunk Yavel with surface of glacis. new design of driver's visor (pWvoting) ingle. signal post on turret root and an armoured cowar for the Emoke-canale rock, Combat service. With the continued production of the Aust J, and the completion of the Aus! E sullicient Pe kptw IV became. available to furnish e3ch magiam tank company with ten Pz. Kptw IV for the campaigns in the Galkans, North Alrca and Russia, Forly Aust O fang F wore taken to North Alia wilh the Sth and Bih Panzer Regi iments. and 438 Aust B-F were with the coventeen Panzer visions Winien attacked the Russians ut June 1941. The. last Aust were Phased out by aitriton early in 1984 Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf F (Sd Kfz 161) Other designation: 7 Serie BW Type: Medium support tank Manvfacturer: Krupp-Gruson, Vomag, Nibelunganwerk Chassis Nos: 82064-82614 462 produced irom April 1941 ta March 1842, of which 25 converted to Ausl F Crew: 5 Engine: Maybach HL\20TRM ‘Weight (tons): 22:3 Gearbox: § lorwars, 1 reverse Longin (metres): 5.92 ‘Speed [am/hr). 42 Wigin (metres): 284 ange (kmm)" 200, Height (metres): 268 Radio: FuGs Armament: One 7.5em One 782mm MG34 One 7.92mm NG34 KwkS7 Traverse: 360° (electric) = hand Elevation: ~8" +20 Sight: T2ES0 ko2ra Ammunition: 80 Paar, 3,000 Pate Smk ‘Spar + Nobel Armour (mm/angle): Front Side Rear Top/@ottom Turet so/11* 90/26" 30/18" 10/83"-20" Superstructure 50/10" 30/0" 20/12" 12/85"-90" Hult so/r2 30/0" 20/8" 10/90" Gun mantet 50/0"-30 History: Tho initial Aust F order was given to Keupe-Gruson for 500 in the 7th Series BW. This was later increased when Vomay caceived an order to produce 100 ‘ang Nibelungenmerke, 25. elore these Series wore completed the OKH issued an order io mount the 75cm Kwk40 L/43 as quickly as possible. resulting in each series being completed as AUS! Fp, Twonlylive of the Aus! F,. which had been ‘tad originally with the shart 7.5em KWK37, were’ converted to Aust F, by mouriing the 7 Sem Kwk40 L/83, belore being svied to the tebops, Specific features: The major improvement with the Aust F was the Increase of the armour thleknase om most surlaces, Miner improve mmonts incluged 40cm wide Iracks with the accompanying. dished Sorocket and tubular idler, airintake cow! on the glacie halches 10 {cool the steering brakes, and new muller designs for the main and auriiary engines. The vision poms. isto! ports, driver's visor. hull machine-gun mount and turret doors were all changed trom previous mosels because of the increased armour thicknesses Combat service: ‘The Aus! F- which equipped several sew units Sand relied the 2nd and Sin Panzer Divisions, was mainly issued Blecemeal to Units at the fron, 10 wplace losses. About 208 Aust Bito F. were available with unite in Russia when tne summer allen We slarted in June 1942. This was reduced to 60 available ‘on the ‘entre Eastern Front st the time of the ollensive al Kursk in July 1943, rep rs onan ate Seneca See suche Exeter ican Se cetetine laa 238 shows the vl oe 94 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN IV AND VARIANTS. Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf F, (Sd Kfz 161/1) Other designation: 7 Serie BW Type: Mediu tank Manufacturer: Krupp-Gruson, Vemag, Nibelungenwerko Chassis Nos: 92370-22650. 175 produced (rom March to July 1942, plus 25 converted from Aust F, Crew: 5 Engine: Maybach HL120TRM Weight (tons): 28 Gearbox: 6 forward, 1 reverse Length (metres): 6.62 Speed (km/hr). 40 Widin (metros): 2.84 ange (km): 200, Height (mets): 2.68 Rado: FuGs ‘Armament: One 7Sem One 7.92mm MG34 One 782mm MGS wco L743 Traverse: 360. (electric) hand Elevation. —@" +20 Sight: T2FS! = kozF2 Ammunition: 87 3.000 Armour (mm/angle): Front Sido Rear Top/Batlom Ture: 50/11, 90/26" 30/16" 10/83°-90" Supersteucture 0/10" 30/0" 20/12" 12/85°-80" Hult: 0/12" 30/0" 20/80 10/80" Gun mantet 50/0" 30" a Shas as History: In November 1941, plans were made to improve the arma: ment of the Pz Kplw IV by installing @ lonp-barrelled 7Sem Kuk, ‘This change was to have taken place with the Aust G. Because of the superioniy of the Aussian KV=1 and T-94 an order was issued fo mount the 7.5em KwK40 as quickly as possible, This resulted in the loss of» month's production in’ March 1942, and. the Aust F ferias was completed with 75cm KuK&0 L/43, and was designates Aust Fs Specific: features: The diferances between the Aust F, and Fp felsted to the intradustion of the new gun. Ammunition storage was yrodiied to stow the larger rounds, the smount ol ammunition carted Was ineteesed and the gunners and commander's. "seats were {hangad {0 allow mote room. The elevation machanism was modiies fang an auxiliary hand traverse was installed for the loader. Because ff the long barrel, 8 coll-spring counterbalance was installed for the 75cm KwKAd, Gombat service: While some Aust F; wore issued to several newly formed tank detachments and were given Io the motorized infantry divisions, the moorlty want to frontline Units to replace losses, TNS Provided a Pz KDW which was superior to tha Russian, Briish and ‘American armour used at the tronte in the summer of 1942. Se eds donee ‘30 ha boon, apn Cea Serie mires Dae Shale lobule imuzse bra PANZERKAMPFWAGENIV AND VARIANTS 95.