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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Munitionpanzer IV Ausf F

Design

The Karl howitzer needed vehicles that could transport their ammunition and help load them.1,2 The 60 cm ammunition weighed 4,794 lb / 2,170 kg and the 54 cm weighed 2,756 lb / 1,250 kg.1

PzKpfw IV Ausf F chassis were used.1 The basic hull was used with a platform built on it.1,2 There was space for two or three shells.1

The Munitionpanzer would transport the shells from train cars to the Karl's firing position by parking next to the breech and loading shells by a crane.1

Production

Usage

Sevastopol

The Munitionpanzers were used to support the Karl Siege Howitzers at the siege of Sevastopol.2

Battle of Warsaw

In 1944 the Munitionpanzers supported the Karl Siege Howitzers at Warsaw.2

Specifications

  Karl Ammunition Carrier
Crew 42
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 55,000 lb2
25,000 kg2
Length 17' 9"2
5.41 m2
Height  
Width 9' 5.5"2
2.883 m2
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 602
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL120 TRM2
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP 3002
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline2
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Road max speed 24.8 mph2
39.9 kph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 130 miles2
209 km2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 3' 3"2
1 m2
Trench crossing 7' 3"2
2.2 m2
Vertical obstacle 2'2
0.6 m2
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  
  Munitionpanzer IV Ausf F
Crew 41
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 25 tons1
Length 17' 9"1
5.41 m1
Height  
Width 9' 5.5"1
2.883 m1
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM1
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP 3001
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline1
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Road max speed 24.8 mph1
39.9 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 130 miles1
209 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. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  2. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site