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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 3a/ZW; Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf C; PzKpfw III Ausf C medium tank

Design

Steering mechanism was improved.

Suspension

Extra leaf springs were added so each bogie was suspended individually.1,7 There were now three leaf springs for the two bogie trucks.1

Production

  • PzKpfw III Ausf C: 15
    • Production: June 1937 - January 1938
    • Chassis Numbers: 60301 - 603157

The PzKpfw III series production figures.

Usage

Used in Poland.1,5 Withdrawn in 1940 before campaigns against France.5

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf C
Crew Commander, gunner, loader, driver, radio operator
52,3
Radio FuG53
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 35,273 lb, 33,069 lb,
15 tons, 16 tons1,2,3
Length 19' 2"
5.69 m, 5.66-5.922, 5.85 m3
Height 7' 11", 8' 4"
2.54 m, 2.39-2.422, 2.42 m3
Width 9' 3", 9' 2"
2.81 m, 2.82 m2,3
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.38 m2
Ground contact length 2.86 m
Ground pressure 15.3
psi 0.68 (kg/cm2)2
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 37 mm KwK 36 L/45
37 mm L/46.52
37 mm KwK L/46.53
Secondary  
MG 3: MGs2
3: 7.92 mm MG343
MG - coaxial 2: 7.92 mm MG344,6
MG - hull 1: 7.92 mm MG344,6
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1212, 121 Pzgr & Sprgr3
Secondary  
MG 4,5002, 4,500 Patr SmK3
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 14.54
Hull Front, Upper 14.52
15@11°3
Hull Front, Lower 15@25°3
Hull Sides, Upper 14.52
15@0°3
Hull Sides, Lower 15@0°3
Hull Rear 14.52
15@23°3 & 15@9°3
Hull Top 102
10@73-90°3
Hull Bottom 52
5@90°3
Turret Front 152
15@15°3
Mantlet: 15 round3
Turret Sides 14.52
15@25°3
Turret Rear 14.52
15@0-21°3
30@12°
Turret Top 102
10@83-90°3
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 108 TR2,3
Bore/stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse.2,3
6 forward, 1 reverse
ZF SFG 75, 5 forward, 1 reverse
5 speed4
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical System  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity 300 liters2
Use per 100 km of road: 200 liters
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand.3
Speed - Road 20 mph, 24.9 mph
32 kph, 35 kph2, 40 kph3
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 65 miles1, 94 miles, 102.5 miles
105 km1, 150 km, 165 km2,3
Cross Country: 95 km2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning Radius 5.8 m
Elevation limits -10° to +20°3
Fording depth 2' 8"
0.8 m2
Trench crossing 8' 6", 7' 6"
2.3 m
Vertical obstacle 2'
0.60 m
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Leaf spring2
Wheels each side 8x22
Return rollers each side 3
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 0.38 m2
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 2.49 m

Sources:

  1. Panzer Truppen The Complete Guide to the Creation and Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force 1933-1942, Thomas L. Jentz, 1996
  2. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  3. German Tanks of World War II, Dr. S. Hart & Dr. R. Hart, 1998
  4. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979
  5. Panzers At War, Michael and Gladys Green, 2005
  6. Tanks - Over 250 of the World's Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles, Chris Chant, 2004
  7. AFV #2: Panzerkampfwagen III, Walter Spielberger
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