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Panzer III
Panzer III
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Unit

Armoured Vehicle

Type

Tank

Class

Medium Tank

Special Abilities

None

Parameters

6.41m long, 2.90m wide, 2.50m high and 23 tons

Weight

No information

Main Weapon

No information

Standard Weapon(s)

No information

Country of Origin

Germany

Operator(s)

Nazi Germany, Kingdom of Romania, Slovak Republic, Kingdom of Hungary, Independent State of Croatia, Turkey, Norway

Manufacturer(s)

Daimler-Benz

Prototyped

1936-1937

Built

Number Built

5774

Entered Service

1939

Fate

Retired 1945

Flammenpanzer III Ausf. M

A Panzer III variant with a flamethrower

The Panzer III is a Medium Tank that was developed in the 1930s by Germany and was used extensively in World War II. The official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen III Sd Kfz. 141 (abbreviated PzKpfw III) translating as "armoured fighting vehicle". It was intended to fight other armoured fighting vehicles and serve alongside the infantry-supporting Panzer IV. However, as the Germans faced the formidable T-34, stronger anti-tank guns were needed. Since the Panzer IV had a bigger turret ring and had stronger armour, the role was reversed. The Panzer IV mounted the long barrelled 7.5 cm KwK 40 gun and engaged in tank-to-tank battles. The Panzer III became obsolete in this role and for most purposes was supplanted by the Panzer IV. From 1942, the last version of Panzer III mounted the 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24, better suited for infantry support. Production of the Panzer III ended in 1943. However, the Panzer III's capable chassis provided hulls for the Sturmgeschütz III until the end of the war.

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