- For the Steel Division II unit see SD2:Bef. Panzer III H
Bef. Panzer III H is a German Tank unit.
The Panzer III was developed in the 1930s, as part of the new German armored combat doctrine. Intended for fighting enemy tanks and infantry, the new tank entered production in 1936. Designed by Daimler-Benz, it was a traditional German tank, with heavily angled surfaces, a boxy superstructure, and a front-mounted gearbox. The first four variants, Ausf. A through D, were iterative developments that helped German engineers eliminate flaws in the design and iterate on technologies necessary for its production, with the first mature variant being the Ausf E, introduced in 1939. Initially adequate for fighting enemy tanks, Panzer III was replaced by its big brother, Panzer IV, in its tank-fighting rule as the limitations of its design became apparent.
Panzer Ersatz und Ausbildungs Abteilung 100 had a mixture of captured French tanks, Bef. Panzer III H and Infantry Platoons. Panzer Ersatz und Ausbildungs Abteilung 100 was a armored training battalion that supported 91. Luftlande.
116. Panzer commandeering their training tanks so Bef. Panzer III H serve as the command elements of the Panzer III units.