Pz.III N (Italy)

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▄Pz.III N
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▄Pz.III N
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3.0 3.0 3.0
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Description

The ▄Pz.III N is a rank II Italian medium tank with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Ixwa Strike".

This is a Panzer III, upgraded to carry a short 75 mm KwK37 cannon, which can also be found on a number of Panzer IV variants, as mounting the long 75 mm gun failed, so a compromise was made. Panzer III N is referred to as the assault variant of the Panzer III family, and it retains a body of the Panzer III L and M variants. A small amount would be used by the Italian Social Republic in the late stages of World War 2.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull53 / 30 / 53
Turret50 / 30 / 30
Crew5 people
Visibility88 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, turret, cupola roof)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (cupola, gun mantlet)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 20 + 50 mm Upper plate
50 mm (53°) Upper glacis
53 mm (22°) Lower plate
30 mm (74°) Lower glacis
30mm 32 mm (44°) Upper glacis
53 mm (16°) Upper plate
53 mm (10°) Lower plate
30 mm (65°) Lower glacis
26 mm (6°) Front
18 mm Centre
15-17 mm (2-11°) Rear
Turret 50 mm (cylindrical) Turret front
50 mm Gun mantlet
30 mm (17-25°) 30 mm (conical) 10 mm (7°)
Cupola 50 + 30 mm (cylindrical) 50 + 30 mm (cylindrical) 50 + 30 mm (cylindrical) 10 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and torsion bars are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Track links used as add-on armour are 20 mm thick.
  • The turret sides and rear are protected by 8 mm skirts which provide protection against HEAT and HE shells

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB60 / 12 km/h
RB and SB54 / 10 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
1 back
Weight23.0 t
Engine power
AB572 hp
RB and SB300 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB24.9 hp/t
RB and SB13.0 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 60 12 23 465 572 20.22 24.87
Realistic 54 10 265 300 11.52 13.04

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB620 → 838 Sl icon.png
RB710 → 960 Sl icon.png
SB780 → 1 055 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications10 380 Rp icon.png
23 900 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost750 Ge icon.png
Crew training11 000 Sl icon.png
Experts38 000 Sl icon.png
Aces210 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
40 / 60 / 70 % Sl icon.png
124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
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120 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
470 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
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90 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
1 900 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
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140 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
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Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
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Cost:
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80 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
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Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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75mm_kwk_37_40_HEAT_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
1 100 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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75mm_ger_kwk37_Hl_C_HEAT_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
1 200 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
1 900 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Main armament

Ammunition64 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
4.3 → 3.3 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°
Main article: KwK37 (75 mm)
75 mm KwK37 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 64 -10°/+20° ±180° N/A 13.3 18.4 22.4 24.8 26.4 4.29 3.80 3.50 3.30
Realistic 8.3 9.8 11.9 13.2 14.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
K.Gr.rot Pz. APCBC 52 50 45 39 34 30
Hl.Gr 38B HEAT 80 80 80 80 80 80
Sprgr. 34 HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
Hl.Gr 38C HEAT 100 100 100 100 100 100
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
K.Gr.rot Pz. APCBC 385 6.78 1.2 14 80 48° 63° 71°
Hl.Gr 38B HEAT 450 4.57 0.05 0.1 872.1 62° 69° 73°
Sprgr. 34 HE 420 5.74 0 0.1 686 79° 80° 81°
Hl.Gr 38C HEAT 450 4.8 0.05 0.1 875.5 62° 69° 73°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
K.Gr.Rot Nb. 423 6.2 13 5 20 50

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Pz.III N (Italy)
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
64 57 (+7) 54 (+10) 46 (+18) 38 (+26) 24 (+40) 10 (+54) (+63) No

Machine guns

Ammunition3 450 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: MG34 (7.92 mm)
7.92 mm MG34
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,450 (150) 900 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

One of the most effective ways to play the Pz.III N is as either a brawler or support tank. As a brawler you'll essentially be one of the few people on your team leading the charge against the enemy team. Unlike other Italian tanks at a similar battle rating, you actually have somewhat of a reliable armour that can come in very useful when charging the enemy, especially by surprise due to the enemy being caught off-guard and likely misplacing their initial shot. Although its speed is not really the best, with powertrain and engine upgrades that improve the mobility of the tank, you should still be able to keep up fairly well on a flat surface. Protection-wise, make sure you angle your tank if you are not charging the enemy, this will increase your chances of survival. The main asset when playing in the brawler role is your 75 mm KwK37 cannon. This cannon can easily make short work with the majority of the enemies you'll be facing at your BR. Sadly, its stock rounds are not the best so new players might struggle to penetrate from time to time. Once you have unlocked the Hl.Gr 38C HEAT round, you'll be easily taking out enemies frontally. This again will aid you heavily when playing as a brawler. As a support tank, you'll be providing essential support for your team which will greatly increase your chances to get a victory. The support role can be played in many ways, for example some players prefer to get to a good vantage point at the start of the map, usually a place that overlooks key points of a map, such as a capture zones or enemy spawn points. Others prefer to stay behind the main line of tanks leading the charge, and coming in either to assist teammates in eliminating enemy vehicles or by flanking enemy positions to get the edge over them whenever you manage to spot them. It is also recommended that you bring either a back-up vehicle or a strike aircraft in the case you end up perishing during the fight. One of the main weaknesses of this tank is when you're detected or ranged by a tank or tank destroyer (assuming they have an angle that negates your cover's protection), your armour will not protect you from powerful guns. Your sides are the most vulnerable part of the vehicle, so always keep it in mind wherever you are going, as your average speed will make you an easy target for enemy snipers. Lastl but not least, keep in mind which game mode you are playing, as in Arcade Battles enemies can easily find out where you are located due to the name tag showing up above you, and are able to quickly find out where your weak spots are.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Spaced armour covering the turret of the tank
  • Fast-firing main gun

Cons:

  • May have trouble penetrating heavily armoured tanks
  • Hard to aim at long ranges
  • Lacks hull side skirts seen on the German Pz.III N

History

Pz.III N (Div.M.) during training

The history of Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. N began in Germany of 1942, this variant was mainly an assault tank based on the Ausf. L and Ausf. M chassis, which was re-used to produce this tank. This variant was produced to meet the need for a stronger tank, one that could more effectively handle the Soviet T-34 and KV-1. There was also a desperate need for a special infantry support tank which would be used during advances alongside soldiers on the ground. It had a somewhat complicated development cycle, for example the widely used 75 mm long-barreled gun could not be installed in the turret due to the limited turret internal size. The German designers instead decided to use the short-barreled 7.5 cm KwK37 L/24 gun, which would be paired alongside with special hollow-charge shells. This explosive projectile packed more punch than the 5 cm KwK39 L/60 gun, so at the time it was favoured and underwent a series of trials, which were an overall success. Some design features of the tank had to be modified however, for example, the gun's mantlet was redesigned to accommodate the changes done. Other aspects of the vehicle also became better: the gun's recoil mechanisms were improved, the single-hinged hatch for the command turret was replaced with a two-hinged hatch, the thickness of the commander's cupola was increased to 100 mm. This variant's overall operational weight was around 23 tons. Most of the tanks received 5 mm side skirts (Schürzen) to protect the tank's hull and turret., however Italian variants, in Italian fashion, removed said side skirts. Production of the Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. N tanks began in June 1942 and lasted until August 1943. A total of 700 of these tanks were built. 3 were built from Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. J tanks, 447 from Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. L tanks, 213 from Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. M tanks, and 37 from other variants after they had returned from the front.

Pz.III N (Div.M.) during training

Concerning the Italian operational of this tank, Germany during the late stages of the second world war had supplied 12 units of Panzer IV G to Italy, which were placed in the Division "M" and, after the 25th of July, they were transferred to the 136th Armored Division "Centauro II". The 1st Armored Division Black Shirts "M" (for "Mussolini") was established starting from May of 1943, mainly starting from the very few survivors of the previous MVSN Battalions M who had been repatriated from the Russian front, this had to be done if there was hope for any new division being formed. The division was organised in 3 companies, the second company used 12 Panzer Kpfw III Ausf. N tanks, they were slightly modified however: they featured the 7.5 cm L/24 cannon, but something unique not previously installed on the same model, would be the smoke grenade launcher on the turret. As previously mentioned, they also removed the side skirts of the vehicle, and they were painted in a light tan color with the Divisione "M" logo painted onto the turret. They didn't see any action during the war, most of them were still undergoing training at the time. Most of the tanks ended up in Allied hands after the war. In conclusion, this tank variant earned a good reputation with the troops that had used it and by the beginning of the battle at the Kursk Bulge, the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS owned 155 vehicles of this type. Some of the tanks were also transferred to Romania, Slovakia, and Croatia. Tanks of this variant were used until the end of the war and were transferred to Allied forces after Germany's surrender.

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