Pz.III E

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Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. E
germ_pzkpfw_iii_ausf_e.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.7/1.7/1.7BR
5 peopleCrew
88 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
30 / 30 / 20Hull
35 / 30 / 30Turret
Mobility
19.5 tWeight
572 hp300 hpEngine power
29 hp/t15 hp/tSurface density
78 km/h forward
13 km/h back
70 km/h forward
11 km/h back
Speed
Armament
37 mm KwK36 cannonMain weapon
131 roundsAmmunition
2.9 / 3.7 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
2 x 7.92 mm MG34 machine gunCoaxial weapon
3 600 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
150 roundsBelt capacity
900 shots/minFire rate
Economy
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png220 / 300/250 / 341/230 / 313Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
50 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png30 % Sl icon.png

Description

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General info

Survivability and armour

The crew of the Pz. III E is well-spaced out, enabling survival of a frontal pen or two by typical low tier cannons. Compared to the Pz.III B, the frontal armor protection is roughly doubled, to 30-35mm on the turret face and 30mm on the upper & lower front plates. The turret has some overlapping plates for up to 65mm of protection on some areas, sometimes saving you from otherwise guaranteed knockout. The sides are also 30mm thick while the rear is 20mm sloped, making it totally immune to tank-mounted .50cal machine guns.

Mobility

Top speed improves significantly over the Pz. III B, at 71kph forward and 12kph reverse. Power/Weight is similar, 29.3hp/ton in AB & 15.38hp/ton for RB/SB. Maneuverability is similar to its predecessor.

Armaments

Main armament

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The Pz. III E has the same main gun as its predecessor, the 37mm KwK36. Ammunition is the same - PzGr. APHE with 46mm pen and 13g explosive mass as stock, with 91mm pen PzGr.40 APCR as an unlock.

Machine guns

Like its predecessor, the Pz. III E has two coaxial 7.92mm MG34 machine guns that easily shred lightly armored flak trucks seen commonly at low tiers. Slow turret traverse makes it generally useless vs aircraft, however.

Usage in the battles

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Pros and cons

The Pz. III E still has the "average" flavor of its predecessor, but is able to rely on its armor a little more than before. However, the higher BR of 1.7 means it runs into much nastier opposition. The B1 ter at 2.3 is just about unpennable from any side even with the APCR shell, the Matilda Mk II at 2.7 is slightly easier to pen but has a gun strong enough to annihilate you at a mere glance. The M5A1 at 2.3 runs circles around you with a better gun than you.

Pros:

  • Gun is average for the tier
  • APHE postpen helps securing kills quickly considering its other downsides
  • High-pen APCR for tier helps immensely with uptiers
  • Significantly improved mobility over Pz. III B.
  • Totally immune against .50cal machine gun fire from other tanks

Cons:

  • Slow turret traverse for tier of only 5.1 degrees/s makes it not well-suited to close-range combat
  • Stock shell not suited to killing many opponents, even some at its same BR
  • APCR postpen is generally inadequate yet you are forced to use it more often than not
  • Easily crippled or knocked out from above by aircraft-mounted .50cals.

History

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Media

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Read also

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Sources

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