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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Bergepanzer III

Design

150 converted from March to December 1944. In January 1944 all PzKpfw IIIs being returned for overhauls were ordered to be converted. Turrets were removed and had a 2,200 lb crane installed. There was a wooden box structure added on top.

Specifications

  Bergepanzer
Crew 31
Radio FuG51
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 19 tons1
Length 6.28 m1
Height 2.45 m1
Width 2.95 m1
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 2: 7.92 mm MG341
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 50@9°1
Hull Front, Lower 50@21°1
Hull Sides, Upper 30@0°1
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°1
Hull Rear 50@9°1 & 50@17°1
Hull Top 18@79-90°1
Hull Bottom 16@90°1
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM1
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 6 forward, 1 reverse.1
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse Hand.1
Speed - Road 40 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 200 km1
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site