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The ▂T-III, or the captured German Pz.Kpfw.III, is a premium rank I Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.43.
Survivability and armour
- Rolled homogeneous armour
- Cast homogeneous armour (Barrel shroud, Cupola)
|Hull||50 mm (12°) Front plate
25 mm (86°), 50 mm (52°) Front glacis 50 mm (23-69°) Lower glacis
|30 mm||50 mm (14-46°) Top
50 mm (10-66°) Bottom
|Turret||50 mm (10-25°) Turret front
50 mm (12-62°) Gun mantlet
|30 mm (20-25°)||30 mm (12-15°)||10 mm|
|Cupola||50 mm||10 mm|
- Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.
With only an unangled 50 mm armour plate at the front, even some rank I guns can penetrate the T-III's armour. Angling will not really help, as you will expose your even thinner side armour. However, the lower glacis is quite angled, and most small-calibre rounds will bounce off harmlessly. The ammunition is stored in the back of the tank, minimizing the threat of being ammo-racked.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
|50 mm KwK L/42||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
- PzGr 39 - - This is your main ammo type, use it whenever you think it has enough penetration to penetrate your target. It deals the most damage because of its explosive filler.
- PzGr 40 - - this variation of APCR is lighter, slightly faster and offers the best penetration (up to 132 mm). Use it against heavily armoured beasts. However, don't expect it to cause any real damage upon penetration. It only deals damage to modules/crew straight in its path, due to the fact that it has no explosive filler.
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|99||75 (+24)||50 (+49)||25 (+74)||1 (+98)||Yes|
|7.92 mm MG34|
| Rate of fire
Usage in battles
Use of this tank is similar to the Pz. III F. While it does have significantly better armour on the front than its predecessor, the higher BR of 2.3 means it faces tougher, more well-armoured opposition in up-tiers to 3.3. The T-34 (1940) is almost impenetrable, except for some weakspots around the turret and flat-on below the tracks. M4A1s are similar in speed to you, have better sloped frontal armour that you cannot penetrate, more powerful guns, and stabilizers. APCR post-penetration damage is not sufficient enough to be counted upon when you need it the most, plus neither PzGr.40/1 or PzGr.40 can frontally penetrate a Sherman or T-34. The best way to attack these tanks is to flank them with your good mobility, or wait for them to overextend, then shoot at their weaker side armour. Furthermore, the high fuse sensitivity makes many lightly-armoured things with strong guns your worst nightmare, since you'll over-penetrate repeatedly in most cases, allowing easy return fire from the enemy. Enemy SPAAG, in particular, is very dangerous because of your 15 mm turret ring weak pot, enabling them to spray all over you to incapacitate your gunner and loader.
|I||Tracks||Parts||Horizontal Drive||PzGr 40|
|II||Suspension||Brake System||FPE||Adjustment of Fire|
|III||Filters||Crew Replenishment||Elevation Mechanism|
|This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase|
Pros and cons
- Accurate and decently powerful gun
- Great gun depression
- Decent mobility
- APCR ammo has very high speed and good penetration, making shooting at long range easier
- Armour is fairly decent, can protect reliably against lower-ranked tanks
- Penetration is lacking, as is post-penetration damage against enemies in up-tiers
- Awful turret traverse speed
- Flat armour with little slope, weak side armour
- Large and weakly armour commander's cupola, often sticks out above the terrain, drawing the enemies' attention
- Has no HE shell
The T-III (USSR) is the Russian designation for a captured Panzer III, which saw extensive service during the early phases of Operation Barbarossa. After the battle of Moscow, the Russian army got a hold of lots of German equipment and it was subsequently evaluated. The T-III was mostly issued as a command vehicle due to its increased comfort and reliable radio. Often times captured vehicles would be refitted with Soviet parts for logistical reasons.
It saw combat in the battles of Kursk, Leningrad and Stalingrad, earning themselves a great reputation.
The T-III was operated by the Red Army until late 1943 after which they were dropped out of service in favour of newer Soviet vehicles or newly captured Panther tanks.
The designation used for the captured Pz.Kpfw.lll German medium tank in the Red Army arsenal. The tank was an early modification of the Pz.Kpfw.lll Ausf.J that was armed with a short-barrel 50mm KwK.38 L/42. The Ausf.J differed from previous modifications by its enlarged frontal body armor (50 mm) and certain mechanical changes. These tanks were popular with Soviet tank crews due to their excellent scopes, their loadout, and the convenience of the crew.
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|USSR medium tanks|
|T-28||T-28 · T-28E|
|T-34-76||T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1940) · T-34 (1941) · T-34 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-34 (1942) · T-34E STZ · T-34E|
|T-34-57||T-34-57 · T-34-57 (1943)|
|T-34-85||T-34-85 (D-5T) · T-34-85 · T-34-85E|
|T-44||T-44 · T-44-100 · T-44-122|
|T-54||T-54 (1947) · T-54 (1949) · T-54 (1951)|
|T-55||T-55A · T-55AM-1|
|T-62||T-62 · T-62M-1|
|T-64||T-64A (1971) · T-64B|
|T-72||T-72A · T-72B|
|T-80||T-80B · T-80U|
|Trophies/Lend-Lease||▂T-III · ▂T-V · ▂M3 Medium · ▂M4A2 · ▂МК-IX "Valentine"|
|USSR premium ground vehicles|
|Light tanks||BA-11 · RBT-5 · BT-7 (F-32) · T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-26E · T-126|
|Medium tanks||T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-34E · T-34-57 (1943) · T-34-85E · T-34-100 · T-44-122 · T-55AM-1|
|▂M3 Medium · ▂M4A2 · ▂T-III · ▂T-V · ▂МК-IX "Valentine"|
|Heavy tanks||SMK · T-35 · ▂MK-II "Matilda" · KV-1E · KV-2 (1940) · KV-2 (ZiS-6) · KV-122 · KV-220 · IS-2 "Revenge" · IS-6|
|Tank destroyers||BM-13N · BM-8-24 · SU-57 · SU-76M (5th Gv.Kav.Corps) · SU-85A · SU-100Y · SU-122P · Object 120|
|SPAA||▂Phòng không T-34 · ZUT-37|