Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. E

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General info

Panzer III Ausf. E in the garage.

The Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. E (Panzer III Ausf. E) is a Rank I German medium tank with a battle rating of 1.7. It was introduced in during the Closed Beta Test for Ground Forces before Update 1.41. The successor of the Panzer III B and the predecessor of the Panzer III F on the German tree line, the Panzer III Ausf. E has an improved armour layout with 30 mm thick front and side armour while retaining the 37 mm gun.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf. E is a very quick and nimble machine. As a medium tank, it is recommended to use its speed to your advantage and flank enemy armour. Just keep in mind your very low turret rotation speed. Armed with a quick firing 37mm gun, you can devastate the flank of enemy tanks. Gun can also be used to snipe from some distance, or - paired with excellent gun depression, to use the terrain and go Hulldown, exposing only your turret.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very quick at 67 km/h
  • Very maneuverable, easily capable of flanking enemies
  • Gun is capable of making short work of anything in its BR if used correctly

Cons:

  • The 37 mm gun will not penetrate most enemy's front armour
  • Also not the best armoured, thus can be easily taken out if precautions are not taken.
  • 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.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 3.7 cm KwK 36 (131 rounds)
2 x 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun (3,600 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 3.7 cm KwK 36
  • Ammunition Capacity: 131 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 3.3°/s (Stock), 4.5°/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: 131 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 3.3°/s (Stock), 3.8°/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: 131 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 3.3°/s (Stock), 3.8°/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 of the Panzer III E
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
131 105 (+26) 79 (+52) 53 (+78) 27 (+104) (+130) Turret empty: 105 (+26) 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 30 mm (11°) Front plate
25 mm (85°), 30 mm (53°) Front glacis
30 mm (22-72°) Lower glacis
30 mm 20 mm (33°) Top
20 mm (11-66°) Bottom
10 mm
Turret 30 mm (11-78°) Turret front
30 mm (12-63°) Gun mantlet
30 mm (17-25°) 30 mm (0-23°) 10 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 30 mm 10 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Portions of the turret front overlap the gun mantlet, providing a cumulative 30 + 30 armour rating.
  • Barrel shroud around the gun is 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 15 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 19.5 ton

Max Speed: 79 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 465 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 23.85 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 572 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 29.33 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 19.5 ton

Max Speed: 71 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 265 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.59 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 300 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.38 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 19.5 ton

Max Speed: 71 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 265 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.59 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 300 hp @ 3000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.38 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

The Panzer III Ausf. A through C had 15 mm of armour on all sides with 10 mm on top and 5 mm on the bottom. This was quickly upgraded to 30 mm on front, side, and rear on the Ausf. D, E, F, and G models. The Panzer III Ausf. E featured a 37 mm KwK 36 cannon, which was the standard anti-tank weapon in German service at the time. The Panzer Ausf. E had a 300 PS Maybach HL 120 TRM engine that gave it a top speed of about 40 km/h (25 mph) with a operational range of 155 km (96 mi.).

Combat usage

During the intial stages of World War II, the Panzer III was only a fraction of the total German armoured forces, with only about a hundred Ausf. A to F available in the Polish and French campaigns. Despite that, they were the best tanks at the time an outclassed the tanks fielded by these country, which were mostly light tanks. Although trouble with some French medium and heavy tanks prompted to upgun the Panzer III from 37 mm to a 50 mm cannon, but the battles ended before the programs were implemented. By Operation Barbarossa, the Panzer III was the numerical superior tank in German forces. Though capable against the Soviet light tanks T-26 and BT series, it found itself outgunned by the Soviet T-34 and KV-1 tanks.

The appearance of better and more heavily armoured tanks showed that the Panzer III needed an upgrade, and so the Panzer III was mounted with a 50 mm KwK 38 cannon, the first to be mounted with said gun was designated the Panzer III Ausf. F.

Screenshots and fan art

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

Sights

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-der.png Panzer III Ausf. E
Nation Germany
Type Medium tank
Rank 1
Battle Rating
1.7
1.7
1.7

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
19,500 kg
42,990 lb
Number of Crew 5
Hull armour thickness
30/30/20/10 mm
1.18/1.18/0.79/0.39 inches
Statistics
Engine power (Stock)
465 hp
265 hp
265 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
572 hp
300 hp
300 hp
HP/ton ratio (Stock)
23.85
24.23
13.59
13.81
13.59
13.81
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
29.33
29.80
15.38
15.63
15.38
15.63
Max speed
79 km/h
49 mph
71 km/h
44 mph
71 km/h
44 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 37 mm KwK 36 Cannon
Ammo stowage 131 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 4,000 RP
Vehicle cost 2,100 SL
Crew training cost 600 SL
Max repair cost*
230 SL
280 SL
340 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
16m
33m
33m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
5m
11m
11m
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