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

Design

30 of the 3,935 chassis built were used for the StuG IV and 130 for the Brummbär. New sprocket of welded and webbed construction, external air filters, all steel return rollers, side skirts, new idler, and skate rail for AA MG. Has a new transmission. Late production vehicles had 85 mm armor replacing the belted or welded armor of earlier vehicles. The vision slits for the gunner and radio operator were eliminated as they would have been useless with the skirt armor around the turret. The commanders hatch in the cupola was now a one piece cover.

The AP round of the 75 mm gun weighed 15 lbs. and had a muzzle velocity of 2,461'/sec.

In March 1943 production on the PzKpfw IV Ausf H started. It was first model to have Zimmerit paste applied in the factory.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf H
Crew Commander, gunner, loader, driver, radio operator
4, 5
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 25,000 kg
55,115 lb
25 tons, 27.6 tons
Length w/gun 20' 10", 23', 23' 3", 23.33'
7.02 m
Length w/o gun 19', 19' 4"
5.89 m, 5.9 m
Height 8' 6", 8.6', 8' 9.5", 8.9', 8' 10", 8' 11"
2.68 m
Width 9' 7", 10.8', 10' 8", 10' 9.5", 10' 11", 11'
2.88 m, 3.29 m, 3.3 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 15.8", 1' 3"
0.4 m
Ground contact length 138.5"
3.52 m
Ground pressure 12.6 psi
0.89 (kg/cm2)
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 75 mm KwK 40 L/48
75 mm L/48
1: 75 mm
Secondary  
MG 2: MG
2: 7.92 mm MG34
MG - coaxial 7.92 mm MG34
MG - hull 7.92 mm MG34
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 87 HEAT, smoke, APCR, APCBC, HE
87
87 Pzgr, Sprgr + Nebel
Secondary  
MG 3,150
3,150 Patr SmK
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 80
Front: 3.4", 80
Side: 1.2", 30
Rear: 20
Hull Front, Upper 80@10°, 80@80°
80
Hull Front, Lower 25
80@14°
Hull Sides, Upper 30@0°, 30@90°
30
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
Hull Rear 20@8° & 11°, 20@78°
20
Hull Top 12@85°-90°
10
Hull Bottom 10@90°
11
Turret Front 2"
50@10, 50@79°
Mantlet: 50@0°-30°, 50
50
Turret Sides 1.2"
30@26°, 30@64°
30
Turret Rear 30@15°, 30@74°
30
Turret Top 10@74°, 15@84°-90°
16-25
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach, Maybach HL 120 TRM
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water
Capacity  
Cylinders V-12
Net HP 300, 300@3,000 rpm
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio 6.5:1
Transmission (Type) ZF SSG 77
Synchromesh SSG 77
6 forward, 1 reverse.
Steering Clutch brake
Steering ratio  
Starter Electric and inertia
Electrical system Starting: 24-volt
Running: 12-volt
Ignition Magneto
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity 103 gallons, 125 gallons
470 liters
Road consumption 1 mpg
100 km/235 liters
Cross country consumption 0.6 mpg
Performance  
Traverse 360°, electric.
Hand and electric.
Speed - Road 21 mph, 23.5 mph, 24 mph, 25 mph
38 kph
Speed - Cross Country 10 mph, 11 mph
16 kph
Range - Road 124 miles, 125 miles, 131 miles
200 km, 210 km, 235 km
Range - Cross Country 78 miles, 81 miles,
120 km, 130 km
Turning radius 5.92 m
Elevation limits -11° to +21°
-8° to +20°
Fording depth 3', 3' 3", 47"
0.8 m, 1 m, 1.2 m
Trench crossing 7' 3", 7.7', 9'
2.2 m, 2.35 m
Vertical obstacle 23.6", 2', 2' 6"
0.6 m
Climbing ability 30° (57%) slope
Suspension (Type) Leaf springs
Quarter elliptic springs
Wheels each side 8, 8x2
Return rollers each side 4, 4x2
Tracks (Type) Dry pin
Length  
Width 15.75"
400 mm
Diameter  
Number of links 99
Pitch 4.75"
Tire tread Rubber
Track centers/tread 8.1'

Sources:

  1. Tank Data, Aberdeen Proving Grounds Series, 1968?
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  3. Panzer Truppen The Complete Guide to the Creation and Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force 1943-1945, Thomas L. Jentz, 1996
  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
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