Sunday, March 22, 2015

Panzer IV/70(A)

History: The Panzer IV/70(A) was the Alkett version of a tank-destroyer mounting the long-barrelled 75mm PaK42. It was mounted on the normal chassis of the Pz Kpfw IV from the same production line producing normal Pz Kpfw IV Ausf J at Nibelungenwerke. The Panzer IV/70(V) and (A) were produced simultaneously from August 1944 to March 1945. 

Specific features: The Panzer IV/70(A) had a chassis unaltered from the Pz Kpfw IV series. The superstructure was of similar design to that on the Panzer IV/70 (V) and differed only in that the lower superstructure was vertical, extending out over the tracks, and a visor was provided for the driver. The gun was mounted in the front of the sloped, upper superstructure, in the same type of mount used for the Panzer IV/70(V). The Panzer IV/70(A) was nose-heavy and was, therefore, fitted with steel-rimmed wheels on the first four bogie stations. 

Combat service: The Panzer IV/70(A) was employed in the same manner as the normal Pz Kpfw IV in tank detachments, or as an assault gun in place of the tank-hunter in independent assault gun brigades. Most of them were issued to or were replacements for units fighting in the East.

Panzer IV/70 (V) Panzer IV/70 (A)

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
Physical Characteristics
Weight 25.5 t 27.0 t
Length 8.50 m 8.87 m
Width 3.20 m 2.90 m
Height 2.00 m 2.20 m
Firing height 1.40 m 1.80 m
Ground pressure 0.91 kg/cm² 0.96 kg/cm²
Hull, front 50-80 mm 80 mm
Hull, sides and rear 20-40 mm
Hull, top 10-20 mm
Hull, bottom 10-20 mm 10 mm
Maximum speed 35 km/h 38 km/h
Road speed 25 km/h
Cross-country speed 15-18 km/h
Maximum grade 30°
Trench crossing 2.20 m
Vertical obstacle 60 cm
Fording depth 155 cm 120 cm
Fuel capacity 470 l
Mileage (road) 2.24 l/km 2.35 l/km
Mileage (cross-country) 3.62 l/km
Cruising range 210 km 200 km
Cross-country range 130 km
Make and model Maybach HL 120 TRM
Type Water cooled
Cylinders 12
Displacement 11 900 cc
Fuel Gasoline
Max. governed speed 2600 rpm 2800 rpm
Net h.p. 265 272
Main weapon 7,5 cm Pjk 42 (L/70)
Secondary weapon 7,92 mm M G 42
Auxillary weapon 9 mm M P
Ammunition Storage
Main weapon 60 90
Secondary weapon 1200
Auxillary weapon 192

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