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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 7/ZW; Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf H; PzKpfw III Ausf H ; SdKfz 141 medium tank

Photos

Sofia, 1941
German PzKpfw III Ausf H
Imperial War Museum

Russia, summer 1941. PzKpfw III Ausf H on left, PzKpfw III Ausf J on right.
German Pzkpfw III Ausf H and Ausf J
Imperial War Museum

Admiral Toys
72002:
Admiral Toys 1/72 Diecast Armor 72002, German PzKpfw III Ausf H

Design

An initial order of 759 were placed on January 1939.

Hull

Starting in 1941 additional 30 mm plates were bolted to the upper and lower nose-plates.

Turret

A turret basket was fitted for first time in this model series. Rear plate on the turret was made one piece and this eliminated bulge below commander's hatch.

Suspension

The tracks were widened to distribute the extra weight. New sprockets, idler wheels, and reshaped shock absorbers were added. The 1st return roller was moved a little forward to help distribute the heavier track's weight better.

Main Armament

The turret was redesigned to accommodate the 50 mm KwK 38 L/42. Some of the late production vehicles had a 50 mm L/60 installed.

Production

The PzKpfw III series production figures.

  • Chassis Numbers: 66001 - 68000

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf H
Crew Commander, gunner, loader, driver, radio operator
5
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 47,619 lb, 43,600 lb
21.5 tons, 21.6 tons, 21.8 tons, 26.6 tons
Length 18' 1", 18.33'
5.38 m, 5.41 m, 5.52 m
Height 8', 9' 8", 8.33'
2.44 m, 2.5 m
Width 9' 6", 9.8'
2.95 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 8 cm, 0.38 m
Ground contact length 2.86 m
Ground pressure 13.5 psi,
0.97 (kg/cm2)
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 50 mm KwK 38 L/42
50 mm L/42
50 mm KwK L/42
50 mm
Secondary  
MG 2: MGs
2: 7.92 mm MG34
MG - coaxial 7.92 MG 34
MG - hull 7.92 MG 34
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 99, 99 Pzgr & Sprgr
Secondary  
MG 2,700 Patr SmK, 3,750
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 18 - 30+30, 30 + 30
Hull Front, Upper 30+30 30+30@90°
Hull Front, Lower 30+30@23°
Hull Sides, Upper 30
30@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
Hull Rear 30+30
30+30@8°
Hull Top 16
17@77°-90°
Hull Bottom 12, 15
16@90°
Turret Front 35
30@13°
Mantlet: 37@0-45°
Turret Sides 30
30@25°
Turret Rear 30
30@13°
Turret Top 10
12@85°-90°
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Maybach Variotex
ZF SSG 77
6 forward, 1 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 25 mph
40 kph, 42 kph
Speed - Cross Country 18 kph
Range - Road 109 miles
155 km, 165 km, 175 km
Range - Cross Country 95 km
Turning radius 5.8 m
Elevation limits -10° to +20°
Fording depth 2' 8"
0.8 m
Trench crossing 8' 6", 7' 6"
2.59 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 0.4 m
15.75"
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 2.51 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. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  6. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979
  7. German Tanks and Armoured Vehicles 1914 - 1945, B. T. White, 1966
  8. AFV #2: Panzerkampfwagen III, Walter Spielberger
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