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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. There were now three leaf springs for the two bogie trucks.

Production

  • PzKpfw III Ausf C: 15
    • Production: June 1937 - January 1938
    • Chassis Numbers: 60301 - 60315

The PzKpfw III series production figures.

Usage

Used in Poland. Withdrawn in 1940 before campaigns against France.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf C
Crew Commander, gunner, loader, driver, radio operator
5
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 35,273 lb, 33,069 lb,
15 tons, 16 tons
Length 19' 2"
5.69 m, 5.66-5.92, 5.85 m
Height 7' 11", 8' 4"
2.54 m, 2.39-2.42, 2.42 m
Width 9' 3", 9' 2"
2.81 m, 2.82 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.38 m
Ground contact length 2.86 m
Ground pressure 15.3
psi 0.68 (kg/cm2)
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 37 mm KwK 36 L/45
37 mm L/46.5
37 mm KwK L/46.5
Secondary  
MG 3: MGs
3: 7.92 mm MG34
MG - coaxial 2: 7.92 mm MG34
MG - hull 1: 7.92 mm MG34
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 121, 121 Pzgr & Sprgr
Secondary  
MG 4,500, 4,500 Patr SmK
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 14.5
Hull Front, Upper 14.5
15@11°
Hull Front, Lower 15@25°
Hull Sides, Upper 14.5
15@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 15@0°
Hull Rear 14.5
15@23° & 15@9°
Hull Top 10
10@73-90°
Hull Bottom 5
5@90°
Turret Front 15
15@15°
Mantlet: 15 round
Turret Sides 14.5
15@25°
Turret Rear 14.5
15@0-21°
30@12°
Turret Top 10
10@83-90°
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 108 TR
Bore/stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse.
6 forward, 1 reverse
ZF SFG 75, 5 forward, 1 reverse
5 speed
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical System  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity 300 liters
Use per 100 km of road: 200 liters
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand.
Speed - Road 20 mph, 24.9 mph
32 kph, 35 kph, 40 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 65 miles, 94 miles, 102.5 miles
105 km, 150 km, 165 km
Cross Country: 95 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning Radius 5.8 m
Elevation limits -10° to +20°
Fording depth 2' 8"
0.8 m
Trench crossing 8' 6", 7' 6"
2.3 m
Vertical obstacle 2'
0.60 m
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Leaf spring
Wheels each side 8x2
Return rollers each side 3
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 0.38 m
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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