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Germany's 3b/ZW; Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf D; PzKpfw III Ausf D medium tank

Design

The PzKpfw III Ausf D had a new suspension with angled leaf springs, new sprockets, idlers, and transmission. Had four fuel tanks, instead of two, but still contained same amount of fuel.

Production

  • PzKpfw III Ausf D: 30
    • Production: January - June 1938
    • Chassis Numbers: 60221 - 60225, 60316 - 60340

The PzKpfw III series production figures.

Usage

Used in Poland and Norway. Withdrawn before invasion of France.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf D
Crew Commander, gunner, loader, driver, radio operator
5
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 43,652 lb, 35,273 lb, 42,769 lb
16 tons, 19.3 tons, 19.8 tons, 21 tons
Length 18'
5.5 m, 5.41 m, 5.66-5.92, 5.92
Height 8.08'
2.44 m, 2.39 - 2.42 m, 2.42 m
Width 9.7', 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 13.2 psi
0.93 kg/cm2, 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
37 mm
Secondary  
MG 3: MGs
3: 7.92 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) 10 - 30
30
Hull Front, Upper 14.5
30@9°
15@10°
Hull Front, Lower 30@21°
15@20°
Hull Sides, Upper 14.5
30@0°
15@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
15@0°
Hull Rear 14.5
30@10-13°
15@10° & 15@33°
Hull Top 10
18@90°
10@73-90°
Hull Bottom 5
30@90°
5@90°
Turret Front 15
30@15°
15@15°
Mantlet: 15 round
Turret Sides 14.5
30@25°
15@25°
Turret Rear 14.5
30@12°
15@0-21°
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 Aphon SSG 76
6 speed ZF
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical System  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity 300 liters
Use per 100 km of road: 182 liters
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand.
Speed - Road 25 mph
40 kph, 35 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 103 miles
165 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
1 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. German Tanks of World War II, Dr. S. Hart & Dr. R. Hart, 1998
  2. Panzer Truppen The Complete Guide to the Creation and Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force 1933-1942, Thomas L. Jentz, 1996
  3. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  4. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  5. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979 -
  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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