History, World War II

A Panzer IV Ausf.G in The Kasserine area of Tunisia, 1943

A Panzer IV Ausf.G in The Kasserine area of Tunisia, 1943

The Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. G (PzKpfw IV Ausf. G) was a German medium tank used during World War II. The “Ausf. G” designation refers to a specific variant or model of the Panzer IV series. Here are some key characteristics:

  1. Main Armament: The PzKpfw IV Ausf. G was armed with a 75mm KwK 40 L/43 or L/48 gun, which was effective against both enemy tanks and infantry.
  2. Armor: The tank featured armor protection that varied in thickness, providing reasonable protection against smaller caliber anti-tank weapons. However, as the war progressed, the armor proved increasingly inadequate against more powerful Allied tanks.
  3. Crew: The tank typically had a crew of five members: commander, gunner, loader, driver, and radio operator/hull machine gunner.
  4. Engine: It was powered by a Maybach HL120 TRM V-12 gasoline engine, providing the tank with a top speed of around 38 km/h (24 mph).
  5. Production: The Ausf. G was produced in significant numbers, and its production started in 1942. It became one of the most numerous variants of the Panzer IV series.
  6. Role: The Panzer IV, including the Ausf. G, played a crucial role as a workhorse of the German armored forces. It was initially designed for infantry support but was adapted to various roles throughout the war, including anti-tank duties.
  7. Development: The Panzer IV went through several modifications and improvements throughout its production run, with each variant designed to address the evolving needs and challenges faced on the battlefield.

The PzKpfw IV Ausf. G saw extensive service on the Eastern Front, North Africa, and other theaters of World War II. Its versatility and adaptability allowed it to remain in service until the end of the war, although by that time, it was outmatched by more advanced Allied tanks.

Photo: A Panzer IV Ausf.G from 8.Pz.Rgt.710 Pz.Div. in The Kasserine area of Tunisia.
Date: first quarter of 1943.

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