Thursday, February 2, 2017

Panzer IV Medium Tank

The Panzer IV (Panzerkampfwagen IV) was a famous and commonly used tank by Germany in World War II. Initially meant to support the Panzer III, the Panzer IV became a very adaptable tank for the Germans.

The first variant was the Panzer IV A improved from the Begleitwagen, some Panzer IV As were built with Panzer IV B hulls but kept the same turret. This resulted in a weaker turret than hull. The same happened for the Panzer IV B but the Panzer IV B had its own turret but a different hull. This resulted in a weaker hull than turret.

The Panzer IV F was the last Panzer IV with the KwK 37 L/24 and later F2 versions used the KwK 40 L/43

The Panzer IV H was built with spaced armor and there was a proposal for the Panzer IV H to have sloped frontal hull armor. The KwK 42 was tested in a standard turret.
Variants:
1.
Name: Panzer IV
Type: Medium Tank
Origin: Germany
Series Designation

2.
Name: Panzer IV A
Type:  Medium Tank
Origin: Germany
Year: 1937
Produced: 35

Length: 5.6 Meters
Width: 2.9 Meters
Height: 2.65 Meters
Weight: 18400 Kilograms
Speed: 32.5 km/h

Crew: 5

Primary Armament:
-75 mm KwK 37 L/24
Secondary Armament:
-7.92 mm MG13 (2) (no hull machine for Panzer IV B hull)

Gun Flexibility: °

Armor:
-Hull (Panzer IV A)
14.5 mm Front
14.5 mm Side
14.5 mm Rear
12 mm Top
8 mm Bottom
-Hull (Panzer IV B)
30 mm Front
14.5 mm Side
14.5 mm Rear
12 mm Top
8 mm Bottom
-Turret
14.5 mm Front (14.5 mm Gun Shield)
14.5 mm Side
14.5 mm Rear
10 mm Top

3.
Name: Panzer IV B
Type: Medium Tank
Origin: Germany
Year: 1938
Produced: 42

Length: 5.92 Meters
Width: 2.83 Meters
Height: 2.68 Meters
Weight: 18800 Kilograms
Speed: 42 km/h

Crew: 5

Primary Armament:
-75 mm KwK 37 L/24
Secondary Armament:
-7.92 mm MG13 (2 for the Panzer IV A hull)

Gun Flexibility: °

Armor:
-Hull (Panzer IV A)
14.5 mm Front
14.5 mm Side
14.5 mm Rear
12 mm Top
8 mm Bottom
-Hull (Panzer IV B)
30 mm Front
14.5 mm Side
14.5 mm Rear
12 mm Top
8 mm Bottom
-Turret
30 mm Front (30 mm Gun Shield)
14.5 mm Side
14.5 mm Rear
10 mm Top

4.
Name: Panzer IV C
Type: Medium
Origin: Germany
Year: 1938
Produced: 134

Length: 5.92 Meters
Width: 2.83 Meters
Height: 2.68 Meters
Weight: 19000 Kilograms
Speed: 42 km/h

Crew: 5

Primary Armament:
-75 mm KwK 37 L/24
Secondary Armament:
-7.92 mm MG13

Gun Flexibility: °

Armor:
-Hull
30 mm Front (some had addition 30 mm, increasing thickness to 60)
14.5 mm Side
14.5 mm Rear
12 mm Top
5 mm Bottom
-Turret
30 mm Front (30 mm Gun Shield)
14.5 mm Side
14.5 mm Rear
10 mm Top

5.
Name: Panzer IV D
Panzer IV D
Type: Medium Tank
Origin: Germany
Year: 1939
Produced: 229

Length: 5.92 Meters
Width: 2.84 Meters
Height: 2.68 Meters
Weight: 20000 Kilograms (21400 Kilograms for late)
Speed: 42 km/h

Crew: 5

Primary Armament:
Panzer IV D with KwK 40
-75 mm KwK 37 L/24 OR
-75 mm KwK 40 L/43
Secondary Armament:
-7.92 mm MG13 (2)

Gun Flexibility: °

Armor:
-Hull
30 mm Front (50 mm Front on late) (60 mm Front on applique versions)
20 mm Side (40 mm Side on applique versions)
20 mm Rear
12 mm Top
10 mm Bottom
-Turret Panzer IV D
30 mm Front (35 mm Gun Shield) (50 mm Front and 50 mm Gun Shield on late) (8 mm spaced)
20 mm Side
20 mm Rear
10 mm Top
6 mm Spaced Armor around some turrets

6.
Name: Panzer IV E
Type: Medium Tank
Origin: Germany
Year: 1940
Produced: 223

Length: 5.92 Meters
Width: 2.84 Meters
Height: 2.68 Meters
Weight: 21000 Kilograms
Speed: 42 km/h

Crew: 5

Primary Armament:
-75 mm KwK 37 L/24 OR
-75 mm KwK 40 L/43
Secondary Armament:
-7.92 mm MG13 (2)

Gun Flexibility: °

Armor:
-Hull
50 mm Lower Front 30 mm Upper Front (60 mm Upper front with applique)
20 mm Side (40 mm side with applique)
20 mm Rear
12 mm Top
10 mm Bottom
-Turret
30 mm Front (35 mm Gun Shield)
20 mm Side
20 mm Rear
10 mm Top
8 mm spaced armor around some turrets

7.
Name: Panzer IV F
Type: Medium Tank
Origin: Germany
Year: 1941
Produced: 462

Length: 5.92 Meters
Width: 2.84 Meters
Height: 2.68 Meters
Weight: 22300 Kilograms
Speed: 42 km/h

Crew: 5

Primary Armament:
-75 mm KwK 37 L/24 OR
-75 mm KwK 40 L/43 (F2 version)
Secondary Armament:
-7.92 mm MG13 (2)

Gun Flexibility: °

Armor:
-Hull
50 mm Front
30 mm Side
20 mm Rear
12 mm Top
10 mm Bottom
-Turret
50 mm Front (50 mm Gun Shield) (8 mm spaced around turret)
30 mm Sides
30 mm Rear
10 mm Top

8.
Name: Panzer IV G
Type: Medium Tank
Origin: Germany
Year: 1942
Produced: 1687

Length: 5.92 Meters
Width: 2.84 Meters
Height: 2.68 Meters
Weight: 23500 Kilograms
Speed: 42 km/h

Crew: 5

Primary Armament:
-75 mm KwK 40 L/43 OR
-75 mm KwK 40 L/48
Secondary Armament:
-7.92 mm MG13 (2)

Gun Flexibility: °

Armor:
-Hull
50 mm Front (80 mm with applique)
30 mm Side
20 mm Rear
12 mm Top
10 mm Bottom
-Turret
50 mm Front (50 mm Gun Shield)
30 mm Side
30 mm Rear
10 mm Top

9.
Name: Panzer IV H
Type: Medium Tank
Origin: Germany
Year: 1943
Produced: 3774

Length: 5.92 Meters
Width: 2.84 Meters
Height: 2.68 Meters
Weight: 25000 Kilograms (28000 Kilograms for W1462 hull)
Speed: 38 km/h

Crew: 5

The Panzer IV H with the W1462 hull
Primary Armament:
-75 mm KwK 40 L/48 OR
-75 mm KwK 42 L/70 (schmalturm, and tested in standard turret)
Secondary Armament:
-7.92 mm MG13 (2)

Gun Flexibility: °

Armor:
Panzer IV with schmalturm
-Hull
80 mm Front
30 mm Side
20 mm Rear
12 mm Top
10 mm Bottom
-Hull (W1462 hull)
80 mm Front (proposed 100 mm front)
30 mm Side
20 mm Rear
12 mm Top
10 mm Bottom
-Turret
50 mm Front
30 mm Side (5 mm skirt)
30 mm Rear
10 mm Top
8 mm spaced
-Turret (schmalturm)
120 mm Front (150 mm Gun Shield)
80 mm Side

10.
Name: Panzer IV J
Type: Medium Tank
Origin: Germany
Year: 1944
Produced: 1758

Length: 5.92 Meters
Width: 2.84 Meters
Height: 2.68 Meters
Weight: 25000 Kilograms
Speed: 38 km/h

Crew: 5

Primary Armament:
-75 mm KwK 40 L/48
Secondary Armament:
-7.92 mm MG13 (2)

Gun Flexibility: °

Armor:
-Hull
80 mm Front
30 mm Side
20 mm Rear
12 mm Top
10 mm Bottom
-Turret
50 mm Front
30 mm Side
30 mm Rear
10 mm Top
8 mm Spaced

Sources:
http://tankarchives.blogspot.ca/2017/01/pzkpfwiv-ausf-d-through-e.html
https://tankarchives.blogspot.com/2017/01/pzkpfwiv-ausf-through-c.html
http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_panzer_IV.html
http://ftr-wot.blogspot.com/2013/04/buff-my-tank-panzer-iv.html

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