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For the Steel Division II unit see SD2:Panzer IV C

Panzer IV C is a German Support unit.

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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.

Panzer IV Ausf. C was the third variant in service, introduced in 1938. As an infantry support tank, it mounted the short-barreled 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 and offered limited protection with a maximum of 30mm of armor. Although the variant was discontinued after 140 tanks rolled off the lines, a number of these vehicles remained in Wehrmacht service, including 21. Panzer in Normandy.

8. Kompanie of the Panzer-Regiment 100 was equipped with 6 Panzer IV B/C.

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