Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. B

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General info

Panzer III Ausf. B in the Garage.

The Pz.Kpfw, III Ausf. B (or the Panzer III Ausf. B) is a German reserve medium tank with a battle rating of 1.0. It was introduced in Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows". The Panzer III Ausf. B is a fast and maneuverable tank that can cross the battlefield at ease with a 37 mm cannon that can destroy the majority of the targets at its battle range. The drawbacks of this vehicle is the thin armour and slow turret traverse.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

It should also be mentioned that all early Pz. III variants (like this one) did not have electric turret drive, so that the turret had to be turned manually by the crew. Resulting turret rotation speed is very low, which makes this vehicle very bad at close range engagements. Very low reverse speed does not make things easier as well.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very fast and maneuverable.
  • Five Crews(High for its BR).
  • Great Gun for its BR.
  • Better than its rival the T-26.
  • Is basically a Panzer.III E with weaker armour.
  • The only reserve vehicle that has access to APCR shells.
  • A good tank to practice angling tactics that will be necessary on later German tank models.

Cons:

  • No electric turret drive = slow turret traverse.
  • Very weak armour.
  • Can easily be flanked.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 3.7 cm KwK 36 (121 rounds)
2 x 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun (3,600 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 3.7 cm KwK 36
  • Ammunition Capacity: 121 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 3.6°/s (Stock), 4.9°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 3.7s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 3.7 cm KwK 36
  • Ammunition Capacity: 121 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 3.6°/s (Stock), 4.2°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 3.7s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 3.7 cm KwK 36
  • Ammunition Capacity: 121 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 3.6°/s (Stock), 4.2°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 3.7s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
PzGr 65 64 52 40 30 23 APHE 762 0.69 1.3 15 22.1 -1° 47° 60° 65°
PzGr 40 91 90 48 22 2 1 APCR 1020 0.36 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks for the Panzer III B
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
121 117 (+4) 99 (+22) 79 (+42) 61 (+60) 41 (+80) 21 (+100) (+120) Turret and Left side empty: 61 (+60) no

Secondary armaments

2 x 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun (coaxial, dual-mounted)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
  • Machine gunner

Total: 5 Crew members

Armour

Armour Type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 14.5 mm (10°) Front plate
10 mm (88°) Front glacis
14.5 mm (50°) Joint plate
10 mm (15°) Bottom glacis
14.5 mm 14.5 mm (1-64°) 10 mm
Turret 16 mm (16°) Turret front
16 mm (6-39°) Gun mantlet
14.5 mm (16-26°) 14.5 mm (18-24°) 10 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 14.5 mm 10 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick, bogies are 10 mm thick, tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • Portions of the turret front overlap the gun mantlet, providing a cumulative 16 + 16 armour rating.
  • Barrel shroud around gun barrel is 16 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 5 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 16.0 ton

Max Speed: 39 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 271 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.94 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 38°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 334 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 20.87 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 16.0 ton

Max Speed: 35 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 221 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.81 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 250 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.62 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 16.0 ton

Max Speed: 35 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 221 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.81 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 250 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.62 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The Panzerkampfwagen III medium tank, or the Panzer III was developed in the 1930s. Starting in early 1934, Heinz Guderian set down some specifications for a new tank, which Army Weapons Department took up to design the tank to weigh no more than 24,000 kilograms with a top speed of 35 km per hour. This tank's role was to be the main tank of the German army and was expected to destroy opposing tanks, as opposed as a tank made to destroy anti-tank guns and opposing infantrymen, which the Panzer IV took up in.

Damlier-Benz, Krupp, MAN, and Rheinmetall produced prototypes meeting the specifications and the Damlier-Benz model was chosen after testing in 1936-1937. The Panzer III model used a leaf-spring suspension in its early models (Ausf. A - Ausf. D) before utilizing a six-wheeled torsion-bar suspension in the Ausf. E and beyond. The Panzer III had a crew of five people, the commander, gunner, loader, driver, and assistant driver. The best feature of the Panzer III during its introduction that is the most overlooked was the three-man turret, which was not as common at the time. This frees the commander to be able to effectively command the tank while maintaining situational awareness rather than be burdened by the role of a loader or gunner, improving combat effectiveness of the tank. Despite this rather advance design, the turret did not have a turret basket for the crew. It was a proven design and production began in May 1937. The total number of Panzer IIIs tanks constructed in its production life was 5,774 units (excluding StuG III variant).

Specifications

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Combat Usage

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Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the "Panzer III Ausf. B" from live.warthunder.com.

Sights

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] PzKpfw III Ausf. B

References


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Icon-country-der.png Panzer III Ausf. B
Nation Germany
Type Medium tank
Rank Reserve
Battle Rating 1.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
16,000 kg
35,274 lb
Number of Crew 5
Hull armour thickness
14.5/14.5/14.5/10 mm
0.57/0.57/0.57/0.39 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
271 hp
221 hp
221 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
334 hp
250 hp
250 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
16.94
17.21
13.81
14.03
13.81
14.03
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
20.87
21.21
15.62
15.88
15.62
15.88
Max speed
39 km/h
24.3 mph
35 km/h
21.9 mph
35 km/h
21.9 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 37 mm KwK 36 Cannon
Ammo stowage 121 rounds
Vertical guidance -10°/20°
Secondary Weapon
2 x 7.92 mm MG 34 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 3,600 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost N/A
Crew training cost 0 SL
Max repair cost* 0 SL
Free repair time (Stock) 0m
Free repair time (Upgraded) 0m
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