Comparing the Panzer Mark III and IV

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Comparing the Panzer Mark III and IV

Post by GrossDeutschland » 30 Apr 2002 21:31

Could somebody please explain in layman's terms the difference between the two tanks? By that I mean, what tasks were they assigned, how durable, etc.

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Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 30 Apr 2002 21:33

Well, in their original role (with the short-barreled PzIV), the Pz III was the anti-tank-tank and the Pz IV was meant as short range mortars, to support the advance, and to hit armoured targets.
With the long barrelled gun, however, the Pz IV entered the anti-tank-tank role, where it performed well as well...

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Post by GrossDeutschland » 30 Apr 2002 21:43

Thanks, Christian.

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Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 30 Apr 2002 21:44

Welcome to the forum, BTW!

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Post by Logan Hartke » 30 Apr 2002 22:54

In the end, the Mark IV was more adaptable due to the larger turret and the suspension was able to take more weight.

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Post by Polynike » 30 Apr 2002 23:07

pz III chassis was used for a great variety of gun platforms, most notably the stug III series.

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Post by Logan Hartke » 30 Apr 2002 23:11

...but the Mark IV was used for more.

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Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 01 May 2002 14:41

Still, the Pz III chassis remains the most produced... (the StuG IIIs, when including the StuH 42 (which is also classified as a StuG) alone are the most produced German tank...)

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Post by Logan Hartke » 01 May 2002 15:58

I never said that the Mark III wasn't adaptable or a good chassis, all I said was that the Mark IV was better.

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Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 01 May 2002 16:04

Okay, okay...;)

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Post by Polynike » 01 May 2002 19:04

Logan Hartke wrote:I never said that the Mark III wasn't adaptable or a good chassis, all I said was that the Mark IV was better.

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id agree with you as well i just pointed out a difference

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