Panzer IV/70(V)

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Panzer IV/70(V)
germ_pz_iv_l70.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.3/5.3/5.3BR
4 peopleCrew
Mobility
26.2 tWeight
6 forward
1 back
Gear box
Armament
75 mm PaK42 cannonWeapon 1
55 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 15°Vertical guidance
-10° / 10°Horizontal guidance
7.92 mm MG42 machine gunWeapon 2
600 roundsAmmunition
150 roundsBelt capacity
1 200 shots/minFire rate
Economy
46 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
170 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 080 / 4 376/2 220 / 3 154/2 420 / 3 438Repair
49 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
170 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
630 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.60 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

The Panzer IV/70(V) is a rank III German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB/SB).

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour Front (slope angle) Sides (slope angle) Rear (slope angle) Roof
Hull 80 mm (47°) Front glacis
50 mm (55°) Lower glacis
40 mm (29°) Top
30 mm (0°) Bottom
5 mm (0°) Skirts
22 mm (5°) Bottom
30 mm (31°) Top
20 mm (0°)
Superstructure 80 mm (50°) Turret Front
75 mm (18-63°) Shrapnel shield
75 mm (50-70°) Mantlet

Befitting of the German casemate destroyer line, the frontal armour on the Panzer IV/70 is one to be feared. It features a mighty frontal plate of 80 mm sloped at 50°, resulting in an awesome 120 mm of protection. The gun mantlet also is very well protected, and has over 150 mm in some areas. The amazing armour is made better when the player unlocks the "add-on armour" modification, applying tracks to the front and sides of the tank, and results in over 185 mm of protection in some areas. Even with this amazing armour, it is best to use the IV/70 at longer ranges, as this allows you to make use of your amazing gun and turns you from a difficult target to a nigh impenetrable one.

However, the side armour is very weak and is able to be penetrated by most things at your BR, so the player should take care to look out for flankers.

Mobility

Being based on the chassis of the Panzer IV, the all-round mobility is very solid. The tank is able to reach 43 kmh/27 mph and hold itself there over most terrains and has very good hull traverse, allowing for quick turns.

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: PaK 42 (75 mm)

The Panzer IV/70(V) bears the 75 mm PaK 42 cannon with a medium rate of fire. This gun is sufficient to penetrate most tanks of its rank. It has a slow gun traverse. The PaK 42 The game offers armour piercing and high explosive shells. Of note should be the gun losing accuracy going into the kilometre range.

Additional armament

Machine guns

Main article: MG 42 (7.92 mm)

The tank has a MG 42 commander machine gun with a high fire rate and decent traverse.

Usage in battles

The Panzer IV/70(V) is not meant to be used to rush the enemy, instead its function is to be an ambush sniper tank. Experience gained from operating the Hetzer can be applied with the IV/70.

Note that hills and down-sloping roads intersecting the battlefield are great ambushing spots to set up and wait for unsuspecting enemy vehicles.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Highly accurate and deadly main armament, the 75 mm PaK 42 can effectively engage any enemy armour it faces
  • Low profile provides excellent concealment
  • Highly sloped frontal armour that provides adequate protection at long range
  • Decent acceleration and excellent cross country performance
  • Nigh impenetrable from the front when extra armour is added

Cons:

  • Panzer IV/70 lacks turret, greatly limiting its combat potential
  • Due to the positioning of the crews, receiving a frontal penetration will likely knock out most of the crew members and render the tank combat ineffective
  • Poor gun depression

History

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In-game description

This variant of the anti-tank gun was developed in two different versions by the companies Vomag AG and Alkett. Though similar in combat power and armor protection, these machines were significantly different in appearance.

In August 1944, Vomag began producing its own Panzer IV/70 (V) variant with a 75 mm gun. The gun itself was positioned slightly to the right of the tank's longitudinal axis to allow better use of the vehicle's internal space. Due to the great length of the guns, they were held with a special bracket during non-combat movement. The destroyer's weight was increased to 26 tons. The great length of the barrel and the forward-weighted armor (80 mm) made the vehicle unbalanced, giving it low cross-country ability. Because of this, it was nicknamed ""Guderian's duck"" by the troops. The front pair of road wheels were made entirely of metal. This tank destroyer had Schurzen side skirts which protected the lower sides of the tank from anti-tank and hollow-charge projectiles. Vomag made a total of 930 of these tank destroyers.

The Panzer IV, Panzer IV/70 (A), and Panzer IV/70 (V) also had a commander's version produced, with a crew of five men, reduced ammunition, and an additional radio station.

The powerful armament of these vehicles made them quite popular with the Wehrmacht's anti-tank divisions. These self-propelled guns were widely used in combat operations during the final part of the war.

Media

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See also

  • Panzer IV/70(A) - Substituted version of the IV/70(V) produced by Alkett (hence the "A") with the gun placed atop the standard Panzer IV chassis and hull.

External links

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the tank;
  • other literature.


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