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Germany's 6/ZW; Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf G; PzKpfw III Ausf G medium tank

Photos

Either a PzKpfw III Ausf F or PzKpfw III Ausf G with the Afrika Korps in 1941.
German PzKpfw III Ausf F or PzKpfw III Ausf G
Imperial War Museum

Design

In January 1939 and order for 1,250 was placed, however this was changed to 800 in May 1939 when the PzKpfw 38(t) production became available.

Hull

The driver had a new single piece shutter that helped to better protect him.

Turret

There was a new commander's cupola added to the turret roof. There were five vision slits that used a split cover that spread apart when opened.

The second coaxial machine gun was removed from this model forward.

Main Armament

Originally armed with 37 mm (50 were built, but most were later unarmored to the 50 mm) but changed to 50 mm KwK 38 L/42 in July 1940. 

Production

The PzKpfw III series production figures.

  • Chassis Numbers: 65001 - 66000

Variants

  • Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf G:
  • Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf G (Tp): Tp (tropical) version was  fitted with special equipment for using in Africa. Some of that equipment was Fiefel filters fitted externally on the engine compartment.

Usage

Early models were issued as replacements to the Panzer regiments from April 1940 to June 1940. All of these were the 37 mm KwK models. 54 PzKpfw III Ausf Gs were still in service in September 1944.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf G
Crew Commander, gunner, loader, driver, radio operator
5
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 44,753 lb
19.5 tons, 20 tons, 20.3 tons
20,320 kg
Length 17' 8", 17' 9"
5.41 m, 5.38 m
Height 8'
2.44 m
Width 9' 6", 9' 7"
2.91, 2.92 m, 2.95 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.38 m
Ground contact length 2.86 m
Ground pressure 14.1 psi
0.99 kg/cm2,
0.92 (kg/cm2)
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 50 mm KwK 38 L/42
50 mm L/42
5 cm KwK
50 mm KwK L/42
Secondary  
MG 2: MGs
2: 7.92 mm MG
2: 7.92 mm MG34
MG - coaxial 7.92 mm MG34
MG - bow 7.92 mm MG34
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 99, 99 Pzgr & Sprgr
Secondary  
MG 2,700 Patr SmK, 4,500
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 30+30
Hull Front, Upper 30
30@9°
Hull Front, Lower 30@21°
Hull Sides, Upper 30
30@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
Hull Rear 20
21@10° & 29°
Hull Top 16, 18
17@77°-90°
Hull Bottom 12, 15
16@90°
Turret Front 30
30@15°
Mantlet: 37@0-45°
Turret Sides 30
30@25°
Turret Rear 30
30@0°-21°
Turret Top 10 12@83°-90°
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP 300
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Maybach Variorex
SGR 328.145, 10 forward, 1 reverse.
10 forward, 4 reverse.
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity 320 liters
Use per 100 km of road: 183 liters
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand.
Speed - Road 24.8 mph, 25 mph
40 kph, 67 kph
Speed - Cross Country 18 kph
Range - Road 108 miles, 109 miles
165 km, 175 km
Range - Cross Country 60 miles
95 km, 97km
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) Torsion bar
Wheels each side 6x2
Return rollers each side 3
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 14.1", 15.75"
0.36 m, 0.38 m
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 8' 2"
2.49 m

Sources:

  1. Panzers At War, Michael and Gladys Green, 2005
  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. Airfix Magazine Guide #8 German Tanks of World War 2, Terry Gande and Peter Chamberlain, 1975
  5. AFV #2: Panzerkampfwagen III, Walter Spielberger
  6. World War I and II Tanks, George Forty, 2012
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