Panzer IV H

Germany-flagGerman medium tank PzKpfw IV Ausf H.
History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model.

PzKpfw IV Ausf H in Normandy

PzKpfw IV Ausf H on manoeuvres in Normandy, 1944.

Panzer IV Ausf H (SdKfz 161/2)
Type:
German medium tank

History

Of the 3,935 Panzer IV Ausf H chassis produced, 3,774 were completed as PzKpfw IV, with 30 used for the first StuG IV assault guns and 130 for Brummbär.

In November 1943, an attempt was made to alter the suspension to gain ground clearance. The experiment failed and the Panzer IV retained the same basic suspension from 1937 until the end of the war.

The basic change from the Panzer IV Ausf G was the SSG77 transmission fitted to the Ausf H. The frontal armour on the Ausf H evolved from 50mm basic with 30mm additional, to 80mm basic, to 80mm basic interlocked with the hull sides. Minor modifications, introduced during the production run of the Ausf H, included external air-filters, all-steel return rollers, a cupola mount for an anti­aircraft machine gun, a new style idler, and the deletion of the side vision ports for the driver and radio operator.

From 1943, Panzer regiments in the Panzer divisions were to have one detachment equipped with Panzer IV and one detachment with Panthers. As a result of problems with the Panther , some Panzer divisions had a second detachment equipped with PzKpfw IV, while many had but a single detachment of four companies, each equipped with twenty-two PzKpfw IV, plus eight with the HO Company.

On 6 June 1944, most of the 748 Panzer IV with the nine Panzer divisions in France were Ausf H.

For comparison, average number of hits to knock out each type of tank:

Western Europe 1944-45
Tank Type Average number of hits Average number of penetrations
Tiger I 4.2 2.6
Panzer V Panther 2.55 1.9
M4 Sherman 1.63 1.55
Panzer IV 1.2 1.2

Users: Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Spain, Rumania, Turkey, Hungary (for all variants).


Animated 3d model of Panzer IV H


Specifications for Panzer IV Ausf H

Specifications
Panzer IV Ausf H Specification
Type medium tank
Engine Maybach HL120TRM with 300 hp at 3,000 rpm
Gearbox 6 forward, 1 reverse
Crew total 5
Turret crew 3 (with 360° Commanders cupola)
Length 7.02 m
Width 2.88 m
Height 2.68 m
Weight 25 tons
Maximum speed 23.6 mph
Cross-country speed 12 mph
Fuel consumption per 100 miles 400 litres on road, 600 litres cross-country
Fuel 470 litres
Road radius 110 miles
Cross-country radius 75 miles
Vertical obstacle 0.60 m
Trench crossing 2.30 m
Fording depth 0.80 m
Turning circle 6 m
Gradient 30 °
Armour
Panzer IV Ausf H mm angle
Turret front 50 10 °
Turret side 30 10 °
Turret rear 30 15 °
Turret top 15 84-90 °
Superstructure front 80 10 °
Superstructure side 30 0 °
Superstructure rear 20 11 °
Superstructure top 12 85-90 °
Hull front 80 14 °
Hull side 30 0 °
Hull rear 20 8 °
Hull bottom 10 90 °
Gun mantlet 50 0-30 °
Armament and Equipment
Panzer IV Ausf H Specification
Main armament 7.5cm KwK40 L/48
Rounds 87
Traverse 360° (electric)
Elevation -8° to +20°
Muzzle velocity Pzgr 790 m/s
Muzzle velocity Pzgr40 (available only in limited numbers) 990 m/s
Shell weight Pzgr 6.8 kg
Shell weight Pzgr40 4.1 kg
Secondary armament one 7.92mm MG34 coaxial to gun, one 7.92mm MG34 in front hull, one 7.92mm MG34 on commander's cupola, together 3,150 rounds
Radio FuG5 (2.5 miles range)
Telescopic sight TZF5f/1 (2.5 miles aiming)
Penetration mm at 30° armour plates of 7.5cm KwK40 L/48
Range Pzgr Pzgr40 (just limited numbers)
Penetration 100 metres 106 mm 143 mm
Penetration 500 metres 96 mm 120 mm
Penetration 1000 metres 85 mm 97 mm
Penetration 1500 metres 74 mm 77 mm
Penetration 2000 metres 64 mm
Production
Panzer IV Ausf H data
Production from April 1943 to July 1944
Combat delivery immediately after production delivery
Price per tank 115,962 RM (Ausf G) = $ 52,183 = £ 11,056
Total production figure 3,774
Service statistics of all Panzer IV variants
Year Available Production Losses
before 1939 115
1939 211 (1.9.) 141 ?
1940 280 (10.5.) 278 ?
1941 517 (1.6.) 467 369
1942 513 (1.1.) 994 502
1943 1,077 (1.1.) 3,013 2,352
1944 1,668 (1.1.) 3,126 2,643
1945 1,684 (1.1) 385 (Jan-March) 287 (Jan.)
Total 7,419 6,153
Call of War
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