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Germany's Panzerbefehlswagen mit 7.5 cm KwK L/48 (PzBefWg); Panzerbeobachtungswagen IV (PzBeogWg)

Variants

  • Panzerbefehlswagen mit 7.5 cm KwK L/48 (PzBefWg): From March to September 1944, 97 PzKpfw IV Ausf Hs were converted. The aerial for the FuG5 was mounted on top of the turret, and a star antenna was fitted to the right side of the tail plate on the hull for the FuG7 or FuG8 radio. Main armament was replaced by a dummy gun.
    Used FuG5 and a FuG7 or a FuG8 radio.
  • Panzerbeobachtungswagen IV (PzBeogWg): Artillery OP tank made from PzKpfw IV Ausf Js. 90 were made from July 1944 to March 1945. These had the FuG4 and FuG8 radios.
    Issued primarily to Hummel batteries.

Specifications

  PzBefWg and PzBeobWg
Crew 5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 25 tons
Length 7.02 m
Height 2.68 m
Width 2.88 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 75 mm KwK40 L/48
Secondary  
MG 2: 7.92 mm MG34
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 80@10°
Hull Front, Lower 80@14°
Hull Sides, Upper 30@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
Hull Rear 20@11° & 20@8°
Hull Top 12@85-90°
Hull Bottom 10@90°
Turret Front 50@10°
Mantlet: 50@0-30°
Turret Sides 30@26°
Turret Rear 30@15°
Turret Top 15@84-90°
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL120TRM or Maybach HL120TRM112
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 6 forward, 1 reverse.
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand.
Speed - Road 40 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 210 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -8° to +20°
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  
Tracks centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. German Tanks of World War II, Dr. S. Hart & Dr. R. Hart, 1998
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site