DAK PZ IV ausf D

 
 

Some of you may know DAK began early in 2006 with the promise that co-founder Craig Pierce could someday do a short barrel PZ IV ausf D in Afrikan service.  This is his favorite vehicle and the release of the H/L PZ IV ausf F1 has given him the canvas to begin the next signature DAK vehicle.

Getting down and Dirty with a Heng Long PZ IV.

The Panzerkampfwagen IV commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a medium tank developed in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s and used extensively during the Second World War. Its designation was Sd.Kfz. 161.

Designed as an infantry-support tank, the Panzer IV was not originally intended to engage enemy armor, that function was assigned the lighter Panzer III. Combat exposed the flaws of pre-war doctrine and facing Soviet T-34 tanks, the Panzer IV assumed the tank-fighting role.  The most widely manufactured and deployed German tank of the Second World War, the Panzer IV was used as the base for tank destroyers, flame throwers, recovery vehicles, self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, and even bridge layers. Robust and reliable, it saw service in all theaters, and has the distinction of being the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war, totaling over 8,500 produced between 1936 and 1945.

Upgrades and design modifications extended its service life. Generally, these increased the Panzer IV's armor protection or upgrading its weapons.  During the last months of the war and with Germany's pressing need for rapid replacement of losses, design changes also included retrograde measures to simplify and speed manufacture.

In August 1939, and production changed from the Ausf C to the Ausf. D; this variant, totaling 248 vehicles, had side and rear armor on Ausf.D was thickened, and the main gun mantlet was changed to an external design with armor protection for the coaxial machine gun. The superstructure front was modified back to the stepped design, with the driver slightly in front of the radio operator. The bow machine gun was also again fitted. New tracks were used with taller center guides, and these tracks could not be used on earlier tanks. Later production tanks had 30mm (1.2") plates attached to the hull front and 20mm (.79") armor plate added to the hull sides. Some Ausf.D were rearmed with the 7.5cm Kw.K.40 L/48 in 1943.

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