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PzIII_A (Stock)

Totals
35000 Price
200 Hit Points
14.6 / 15.45 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
14.5/14.5/14.5Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
14.5/14.5/14.5Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
320 h.p.Engine Power
68 km/hSpeed Limit
40 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
36 Standard Shell Damage
40 mmStandard Shell Penetration
2.3 Time for Complete Loading
44 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
320 mView Range
310 mSignal Range
III
Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. A
35000
Produced in 1937, with a total of 10 vehicles manufactured. The project was canceled due to its weak suspension and inadequate armor.

Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. A

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret II PzKpfw-III-Turm Ausf. A 800 14.5/14.5/14.5 44 320
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun I 3,7 cm KwK 36 L/46.5 100 40/74/18 36/36/42 26.09 0.46 1.7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Maybach HL 108 TR 450 320 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis II PzKpfw-III-Ketten Ausf. A 7000 15.45 40
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III FuG 5 0 310

PzKpfw IIIC II

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret II PzKpfw-III-Turm Ausf. A 800 14.5/14.5/14.5 44 320
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun I 2 cm KwK 38 L/55 70 23/46/18 11/11/42 153.85 0.57 1.6
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Maybach HL 108 TR 450 320 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis II PzKpfw-III-Ketten Ausf. A 7000 15.45 40
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III FuG 5 0 310

PzKpfw IIIA (2cm)

Speed

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret II PzKpfw-III-Turm Ausf. A 800 14.5/14.5/14.5 44 320
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun I 2 cm KwK 38 L/55 70 23/46/18 11/11/42 153.85 0.57 1.6
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Maybach HL 120 TR 510 350 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III PzKpfw-III-Ketten Ausf. B 7000 19.35 44
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VI FuG 7 0 415
Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III PzKpfw-III-Turm Ausf. C 2200 30/30/30 35 320
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun III 5 cm KwK 38 L/42 700 60/96/25 70/70/90 24 0.48 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Maybach HL 120 TRM 510 440 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III PzKpfw-III-Ketten Ausf. B 7000 19.35 44
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VII FuG Spr. 1 0 455

PzKpfw IIIC III

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III PzKpfw-III-Turm Ausf. C 2200 30/30/30 35 320
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun II 2 cm Flak 38 L/112 110 39/51/18 11/11/42 153.85 0.45 1.4
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Maybach HL 120 TRM 510 440 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III PzKpfw-III-Ketten Ausf. B 7000 19.35 44
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VII FuG Spr. 1 0 455

Compatible Equipment

Small Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Additional Grousers
Improved Ventilation Class 1
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Chocolate
100-octane Gasoline
105-octane Gasoline
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Good Power/Weight ratio means good acceleration
  • Good hull traverse speed
  • Very good top speed
  • Good penetration, damage and rate of fire


Cons:


  • Very inaccurate guns
  • Weak armor
  • Higher chance of engine fire
  • Low maneuverability at speed
  • Upgraded turret slows the tank down


Performance

The Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. A boasts an excellent top speed and maneuverability. It excels in the scout role, and after learning the ropes in tiers 1 and 2, players should find this to be an enjoyable next step. It does have drawbacks such as paper-thin 14mm armor (except for the turret which has 30mm all around), and its stock gun is not much more powerful than those found on the previous two tiers. However, once fully upgraded, it is more than a match for the equivalent Soviet and American tanks. It also excels in an anti-scout role such as taking down faster tanks such as the BT-7 that it can penetrate consistently. To make up for the longer aim time, it can take up a "scout-sniper" role in that it can first rush ahead to spot the enemies, and as soon as it makes first contact with the enemy it can then escape with its good speed and then take up a better sniping position to take out the arriving enemies. The gun can and will absolutely decimate hordes of enemies unaware of the tanks position and will rarely need to be well aimed considering the 5cm gun used.


Early Research

  • The 2cm Flak 38L/112 gun and the FuG-7 and FuG Spr.1 radios carry over from the Pz.II and should be mounted if already researched.
  • Prioritize the 2nd turret which must be mounted before next mounting the 5cm top gun.
  • Tracks next followed by the 2nd and 3rd engines.
  • Last, but not least, research and mount the Tier-8 radio for great signal range if not carried over from the Pz.II.


Historical Info

During the mid-1930s, and after gaining an experienced taste from the Spanish Civil War of how warfare would be fought in the coming decades, the Wehrmacht began developing a new armored doctrine based on the lightning fast application of force in combined arms operations.

Under General Heinz Guderian, a project was commenced to solicit designs for two new types of tank. One would be a support tank and would be armed with a large caliber gun. The other would be mounting an anti-tank gun and 2 machine guns. The former would become the Pz.Kpfw. IV. The latter would become the Pz.Kpfw. III.

Late in 1935, development proposals were requested from MAN (Nurnberg), Daimler-Benz AG (Berlin-Marienfelde), Rheinmetall-Borsig (Berlin), and Krupp AG (Essen) for a 15-ton fully-tracked vehicle, and in the interest of security to be named Zugfuhrerwagen (ZW): platoon commander’s vehicle.

The vehicle's development began with a series of arguments between the Waffenamt (the Ordnance Department) and the Inspector for Mechanized Troops over its armament. The Waffenamt had chosen the 3.7cm cannon while the Inspector for Mechanized Troops demanded 5cm gun. Ultimately, the 3.7cm was chosen as the vehicle's main armament because the infantry was already equipped with the standard 37mm Pak 35/36 L/45 anti-tank gun. This meant that only one type of gun and ammunition needed to be produced, although the turret and turret ring were capable of mounting the heavier 5cm gun.

Since this new vehicle was to be used in the forward echelons of assault tank formations, it was decided to require heavier armor in the front than in the rear. Top speed was specified to be 40km with a crew of 5 men, with a new turret based on an enlarged version of that found on the Pz.Kpfw. II. The Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. A was the first German Tank to use a new intercom system for in-tank communications, which was fitted to all later Panzer tanks, and was highly successful.

Eventually, the Daimler-Benz design was selected and ten prototypes were constructed in 1937. Some sources state that as many as fifteen were constructed, but only eight were armed. These eight equipped units of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Panzer Divisions and took part in Anschluss, the take-over of Sudetenland and the Polish Campaign.


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