Panzer III

Panzer III was the common name of 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, the role was reversed. The Panzer IV mounted the long barreled 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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... number built—5,774 The Panzer III was intended to be the main medium core of the German armor force when it was designed during the inter-war period ... In 1941, the Panzer III was the most numerous German tank, but by late 1943 it was largely replaced by later versions of the Panzer IV and Panther ... Its self-propelled gun chassis variant, the Sturmgeschütz III was, with just over 9,400 units built, the most produced German armored fighting vehicle of World War II ...
Sturmgeschütz III - Variants
... StuG III Ausf. 0 (Experimental 1937, 5 produced) By December 1937 two vehicles were in service with Panzer Regiment 1 in Erfurt ... StuG III Ausf ...
German Armored Fighting Vehicle Production During World War II - Panzer III
... Panzer III Pre-war 1945 ... Total Pz III A-F 396 ... - - - - - 553 Pz III G-J - 466 1,673 251 - - - 2,390 Pz III J/1-M - - - 1,907 64 - - 1,971 ... Variants Panzer III A-F - armed with 37 mm gun Panzer III G-J - armed with 50 mm L/42 gun Panzer III J/1-M - armed with 50 mm L/60 gun Panzer III N - armed with 75 mm L/24 gun (converted older types ... Assault Gun armed with 75 mm L/24 on Panzer III chassis (Sd.Kfz ...
Tanks Of World War II - Tanks of The Major Combatants - Germany
... Germany's armoured (panzer) force was not especially impressive from a technical standpoint at the start of the war ... Pre-war plans called for two main tanks the main tank was to be the Panzer III medium tank, supported by smaller numbers of the howitzer-armed Panzer IV ... of Poland and France were carried out primarily with the less capable Panzer I and Panzer II light tanks, with some cannon-armed light tanks from Czechoslovakia ...
Panzer III - Designs Based On Chassis
... Artillerie-Panzerbeobachtungswagen III - Forward artillery observer tank ... Bergepanzer III - In 1944 some Panzer IIIs were converted to armoured recovery vehicles ... Flammpanzer III Ausf ...

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