World War II Vehicles, Tanks and Airplanes, picture of P-51 Mustang
World War II Vehicles, Tanks and Airplanes, picture of T-34/85
World War II Vehicles, Tanks and Airplanes, picture of Fw-190
World War II Vehicles, Tanks and Airplanes, picture of Churchill
wwiivehicles.com ©2016
Search:
German Balkenkreuz

Germany's BW/2; Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf B; PzKpfw IV Ausf B; SdKfz 161 medium tank

Design

Had a larger engine, a 6 speed transmission, a modified cupola, and thicker armor. There was a conical shaped hood installed over the right signal port in the roof of the turret. The hatches over the driver and radio operator were now one piece. The front of the superstructure was now a single straight piece with no hull machine gun which was replaced by a visor and pistol port.

In 1940 some had additional armor bolted onto the hull and superstructure.

Production

45 were built in 1937.1

The PzKpfw IV series production figures.

Usage

Saw action in Poland, France, Balkans, and Russia. Phased out of service by 1943.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf B
Crew Commander, gunner, loader, driver, radio operator
52,4,6
Radio FuG54
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 17.7 tons1,3,5, 17.42 tons6, 18.8 tons4, 18.5 tons2
41,887 lb
Length 19' 3"3,6, 19' 5.25", 19.7'5
5.92 m2,4, 5.87 m
Height 8' 6"3,6, 8' 8.5"
2.59 m, 2.68 m2,4
Width 9' 3.25", 9' 4"3,6
2.83 m2,4, 2.85 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.4 m2
Ground contact length 3.52 m
Ground pressure 0.77 (kg/cm2)2
10.95 psi
Turret ring diameter 1.65 m
Armament  
Main 75 mm KwK 37 L/244
75 mm L/242
75 mm KwK L/243,6
Secondary  
MG MG2
2: MG6
7.92 mm MG344
MG - coaxial 7.92 mm MG343
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 802
80 Pzgr, Sprgr+Nebel4
Secondary  
MG 2,4002
2,400 Patr SmK4
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 306
Front: 303
Hull: 301
Hull Front, Upper 302
30@7°4
Hull Front, Lower 30@12°4
Hull Sides, Upper 14.52
15@0°4
Hull Sides, Lower 15@0°4
Hull Rear 14.52
15@10°4
Hull Top 10-112
12@85°-90°4
Hull Bottom 82
5@90°4
Turret Front 302
30@10°4
Mantlet: 30@round4
Turret Sides 14.52
15@25°4
Turret Rear 14.52
15@0°-24°4
Turret Top 102
10@83°-90°4
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach6, Maybach HL 120 TR1,2,3,4
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP 3201,6
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh, ZF SSG 76
6 forward, 1 reverse.2,4
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity 105 gallons
470 liters2
Road consumption 100 km/235 liters
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, electric.4
Speed - Road 25 mph6
40 kph4, 42 kph2
Speed - Cross Country 11 mph
Range - Road 124 miles6
200 km4, 210 km2
Range - Cross Country 130 km2
Turning radius 5.92 m
Elevation limits -11° to +21°
-10° to +20°4
Fording depth 0.8 m2
Trench crossing 2.3 m
Vertical obstacle 0.6 m
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Leaf springs2
Wheels each side 8x22
Return rollers each side 4x2
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 15.75"
380 mm2
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 2.39 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. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979
  4. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  5. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  6. German Tanks and Armoured Vehicles 1914 - 1945, B. T. White, 1966
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site