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Panzer IV H Füh. is a German Tank unit in Steel Division II.

Background[]

Main article: Panzer IV

The workhorse of the Nazi war machine, Panzer IV started its long service in 1936 as a fire support tank, equipped with a short-barreled 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 howitzer. In this role, Panzer IV would focus on taking out enemy fortifications, anti-tank emplacements, and infantry from a long range, protecting the lighter, faster Panzer III tanks focusing on taking out enemy armor. However, following Fall Barbarossa and the shock of fighting against superior Soviet tanks, it quickly displaced Panzer III as the primary battle tank. Krupp's design was larger, sturdier, and could readily accept significant armor upgrades and long-barreled guns capable of defeating Soviet armor. The Panzer IV chassis was used as the base for many other fighting vehicles. 8,553 Panzer IVs of all versions were built during World War II, a production run in Axis forces only exceeded by the StuG III assault gun with 10,086 vehicles. A significant number of these tanks was also transferred to Axis allies and continued to used in various militaries worldwide after the War ended.

The Panzer IV Ausf. H entered production in June 1943 and featured several upgrades, including a single plate glacis, reinforced final drive with higher gear rations, factory-applied Zimmerit magnetic coating, and pre-mounted Schurzen on the turret and sides of the vehicle to act as protection against HEAT warheads and anti-tank rifles. A total of 3774 Panzer IV H tanks were produced, seeing combat on all fronts of the war.

Usage[]

116. Panzer's Panzer IV Abteilungen was the II./Panzer Regiment 16

21. Panzer's Panzer Regiment 100 which was renamed to Panzer Regiment 22 was equipped with Panzer IV

Panzer-Lehr's II./Panzer-Lehr-Regiment 130 were equipped with Panzer IV.

20. Panzer's only Panzer Abteilungen since the rest was in Germany refitting was equipped with a mixture of Panzer III, Panzer IV and T-34.

5. Panzer's II./Panzer Regiment 31 was equipped with Panzer IV.

Panzerdivision Tatra was made up of Kampfgruppe Ohlen which had Panzer Kompanie Gutschmidt which had 8 Panzer 38(t) and a mixture of Panzer III and Panzer IV.

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