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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's BW/7; Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf F1; PzKpfw IV Ausf F1; SdKfz 161; medium tank


Original order was for 500 to be built by Krupp-Gruson. This was increased when Vomag received an order for 100 and Nibelungenwerke for 25. Before these were all completed the OKH ordered that the rest of the order have 7.5 cm KwK 40 L/43 installed as soon as possible and a total of 25 were converted to PzKpfw IV Ausf F2s.

A single plate of armor extended across the front of the superstructure. The revolver port in the front was replaced by a Kugelblende 50 (ball mounting) with a machine gun installed.

In the PzKpfw IV Ausf F1 the driver had a Fahrersehklappe 50 (visor) to look out.

The maintenance hatches in the glacis plate had air intake apertures installed in each door with a welded cast cowling protecting them.

The turret had the single door replaced by a double door with the front door having a vision port and the rear door having a pistol port.

Used a TZF 5f telescope that was mounted to the left of the main gun.

The AP round of the 75 mm gun weighed 15 lbs and had a muzzle velocity of 1,263'/sec.

The driving sprocket had the spokes bent outwards. The rear idler was constructed from 2.25" welded tubes. There were flat plates that were welded to the inside and outside sections.


The first 20 PzKpfw IV Ausf Fs left the factory in February 1940.

The PzKpfw IV series production figures.


This model was up armored based on the encounters with British and French tanks in the West. Entered service in February 1941.

Was used to refit the 2nd and 5th Panzer Divisions. Also used as replacements to units at front.

Was first used in North Africa.


  Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf F1
Crew Commander, gunner, loader, driver, radio operator
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 49,163 lb
22.3 tons, 24.1 tons
Length 19.4', 19' 5.25"
5.92 m, 5.93 m
Height 8.5', 8' 8.5"
2.68 m
Width 9.4', 9' 4"
2.84 m, 2.88 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 15.75"
0.4 m
Ground contact length 138.5"
3.52 m
Ground pressure 0.88 (kg/sq cm)
11 psi, 12.52 psi
Turret ring diameter 1.65 m
Main 75 mm KwK 37 L/24
75 mm L/24
75 mm KwK L/24
MG 2: MGs
2: 7.92 mm MG34
MG - coaxial 7.92 mm MG34
MG - hull 7.92 mm MG34
Side arms  
Main 80
80 Pzgr, Sprgr+Nebel
MG 2,700, 3,000 Patr SmK, 3,150
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) Front: 1.2"+1.2", 50
Side: 0.8"+0.8", 30
Hull Front, Upper 50
Hull Front, Lower 50@12°
Hull Sides, Upper 30
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
Hull Rear 20
20@9° & 12°
Hull Top 10-11
Hull Bottom 10
Turret Front 1.2"
Mantlet: 50@0°-30°
Turret Sides 0.8"
Turret Rear 30
Turret Top 10
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120 TRM
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water
Cylinders V-12
Net HP 300@3,000 rpm
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio 6.5:1
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh, ZF SSG 76
6 forward, 1 reverse.
Steering Clutch brake
Steering ratio  
Starter Electric and inertia
Electrical system Starting: 24-volt
Lighting: 12-volt
Ignition Magneto
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Quantity 105 gallons, 125 gallons
470 liters
Road consumption 1 mpg
100 km/235 liters
Cross country consumption 0.6 mpg
Traverse 360°, electric.
Hand or electric
Speed - Road 25 mph, 26 mph
42 kph
Speed - Cross Country 18 mph
20 kph
Range - Road 124 miles
200 km, 210 km
Range - Cross Country 78 miles
130 km
Turning radius 5.92 m
Elevation limits -11° to +21°
-8° to +20°
Fording depth 39.4"
0.8 m, 1 m
Trench crossing 7.2'
2.2 m
Vertical obstacle 23.6"
60 cm
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
Kgs. 61/400/120
Width 15.75", 16"
400 mm
Number of links 99
Pitch 4.9"
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 8.1'
2.45 m


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