Back in the 1920’s Germany had started to develop new tanks for a possible future war. Officially they were prohibited from putting such vehicles into service, however the Panzerkampfwagen I (Pz.Kpfw I) was put into mass production in 1934 - it was the first modern German tank with machine gun armament and bulletproof armour.
|Though the development of such a vehicle was successful, German military command understood that the country needed heavier machines. That is how first Pz.Kpfw II and then Pz.Kpfw III were created.|
The Pz.Kpfw III design had requirements of a 37mm gun mounted in a rotating turret, a 250-300 h.p. Engine and a maximum speed of at least 40 km/h. The order for the first 25 vehicles for military testing was placed in december of 1935, the tanks were supposed to be put into service in Spring 1936.
The PzKpfw III Ausf. A was a modification based on the prototype and did not meet all the requirements - the vehicle’s speed did not exceed 35 km/h, mostly because of a poorly engineered chassis - the lower track wheels (5 on each side) had a large diameter and individual suspension. The next modification - Ausf. B- had smaller track wheels that were grouped in bogies. These vehicles were put into service at the end of 1937.
The PzKpfw III Ausf. B will soon be be introduced as a reserve tank in the German tank tree. It will be the first modification in the PzKpfw III branch and will “smooth” the BR difference for early German tanks - making it easier for new players.
The tank has lighter armour and less weight than PzKpfw III Ausf. E but has the same armament.
Meet the new vehicle in Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows" and see you soon!
War Thunder Team