The Red Army, Russian Tanks, German Tanks


Panzer III Ausf, StuG III

Starting with the Ausf H version in October 1940, Panzer Ills incorporated a 50-mm gun. This gun also proved ineffective as a tank killer and was replaced in the middle of Ausf J production with a longer, improved 50-mm gun. This armament configuration continued through Ausf M production. Many earlier Panzer Ills were retrofitted with the longer 50-mm antitank gun to improve their battlefield effectiveness. German Tanks

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Panzer IV, Panzer III

Besides using the Panzer IV as a chassis for self-propelled artillery, the German army also used it as the basic for a Panzerjaeger called the Hor-nisse (Hornet) that carried their famous 88-mm gun in a limited-traverse mount. The Hornisse was fielded in late 1943. On Hitler's personal order, the Hornisse was renamed the Nashorn (Rhinoceros) to suit its more aggressive role on the battlefield. German industry built 494 Hornisse/Nashorn vehicles between February 1943 and March 1945. German Tanks

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Panzer IV Ausf

Panzer IV Ausf G, H, and I versions followed the Ausf F-2. German tank industry built 1,687 of the Ausf G version between May 1942 and June 1943. The Ausf H, featuring a more powerful high-velocity long-barreled 75-mm gun, was the most common version of the Panzer IV with 3,774 produced between April 1943 and July 1944. The Ausf J was the final production version of the Panzer IV. It was produced between June 1944 and March 1945 with a production run of 1,758 vehicles.

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German Tank Panzer IV

In 1934, having gained valuable experience with the early design work on the Panzer I, and after long debate about the types of tanks needed, the German army issued design requirements for a new medium tank. The tank was to have a five-man crew and weigh less than 24 tons. Armament was to consist of a large-caliber gun in a rotating turret. These requirements eventually produced the highly versatile tank designated Panzer IV. German Tanks

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Panzer 38 t

The Germans were quick to appreciate the outstanding design features of the Panzer 38 t and ordered its continued production in May 1939. It would remain in production under German supervision until October 1941, with more than 1,400 units built. The Panzer 38 t saw service in the German army during the invasions of Poland, France, and the Soviet Union before it was classified as an obsolete gun-armed tank.

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