Turret Traverse

The Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. A through Ausf. H had a seperate turret traverse engine, the Auto Union, DKW-Motor, Typ ZW 500, in addition to the manual hand crank.

The hand crank turned the turret 1.89° per turn, requiring 190.5 turns for a full traverse. When using the traverse engine, the turret could be turned at up to 16° per second, or 22.5 seconds for a full traverse.

Technical details of the Auto Union, DKW-Motor, Typ ZW 500 engine.1
Auto Union, DKW-Motor, Typ ZW 500
Weight 60 kg
Length 560 mm
Width 340 mm
Height 510 mm
Type Water cooled
Cylinders 2
Bore and stroke 68.0 × 68.5 mm
Displacement 498 cc
Compression 5.8:1
Max. governed speed 2800 rpm
Kilowatt 9
Metric horsepower 12

Production

Production numbers for the Panzerkampfwagen IV.2
Year Total
1937-1938 215
1939 147
1940 290
1941 467
1942 994
1943 2982
1944 3125
1945 435
Total 8440

Technical Information

Technical details of the Panzerkampfwagen IV.3456
Ausf. D Ausf. F Ausf. G Ausf. J
Crew
Commander 1
Gunner 1
Radio operator 1
Loader 1
Driver 1
Physical characteristics
Weight 20 000 kg 22 300 kg 23 600 kg 25 000 kg
Length 5.92 m 6.63 m 7.02 m
Width 2.84 m 2.88 m
Height 2.68 m
Ground pressure 0.83 kg/cm² 0.88 kg/cm² 0.93 kg/cm² 0.89 kg/cm²
Armament and ammunition
Gun Model 7,5 cm Kw K L/24 7,5 cm Kw K 40 L/43 7,5 cm Kw K 40 L/48
Ammunition 80 87
Machine guns Model 7,92 mm M G 34 (2)
Ammunition 2700 3150
Handguns Type 9 mm sub-machinegun
Armor
Hull Front 30-60 mm 50 mm 80 mm
Sides and rear 20-40 mm 20-30 mm
Top 10-20 mm
Bottom 10 mm
Turret Front 30-35 mm 50 mm
Sides and rear 20 mm 30 mm
Top 10 mm
Performance
Maximum speed 42 km/h 38 km/h
Road Sustained speed 25 km/h
Range 210 km 320 km
Mileage 2.24 l/km 2.13 l/km
Cross-country Sustained speed 20 km/h
Range 130 km 320 km
Mileage 3.62 l/km 3.24 l/km
Terrain Trench crossing 2.30 m
Vertical climb 60 cm
Gradient climb 30°
Fording depth 80 cm
Engine and fuel
Engine Make Maybach
Model HL 120 TRM
Rated speed 2600 rpm
Fuel Type Gasoline
Capacity 680 l
Power Kilowatt 195
Metric horsepower 265
Power-to-weight ratio Kilowatt/ton 9.75 8.74 8.26 7.80
Metric horsepower/ton 13.25 11.88 11.23 10.60

Additional Reading

Panzerkampfwagen IV photographs (external link)
Photographs of the Panzerkampfwagen IV at Panzerphotos.
Early combat role of the Panzerkampfwagen IV
Description of the pre- and early-war role of the short-barreled Panzerkampfwagen IV.
Jagdpanzer IV
Information about the Jagdpanzer IV.
Panzer IV/70
Information about the Panzer IV/70 (V) and Panzer IV/70 (A).
Nashorn
Information about the Nashorn.
Sturmgeschütz IV
Information about the Sturmgeschütz IV.
Sturmpanzer
Information about the Sturmpanzer.
Flakpanzer IV
Information about the anti-aircraft tanks based on the Panzerkampfwagen IV chassis.
Hummel
Information about the Hummel.

References

  1. Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.A-H : Elektrisches Turmschwenkwerk. Heereswaffenamt, 1943. Back
  2. JENTZ, Thomas L. & DOYLE, Hilary Louis. Panzer Tracts No. 23 - Panzer Production from 1933 to 1945. Panzer Tracts, 2011. Back
  3. PAWLAS, Karl R. Waffen-Revue W 127 - Datenblätter für Heeres-Waffen, -Fahrzeuge und Gerät. Publizistisches Archiv für Militär- und Waffenwessen, 1976. Back
  4. JENTZ, Thomas L. & DOYLE, Hilary Louis. Panzer Tracts No. 4 - Panzerkampfwagen IV : Grosstraktor to Panzerbefehlswagen IV. Darlington Productions, 1997. Back
  5. Koch. Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. B bis E : Gerätbeschreibung und Bedienungsanweisung zum Turm : Bescreibung. Heereswaffenamt, 1941. Back
  6. Koch. Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. F1 und F2 : Gerätbeschreibung und Bedienungsanweisung zum Ausbau - Bescreibung. Heereswaffenamt, 1942. Back

Sources

  1. Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.A-H : Elektrisches Turmschwenkwerk. Berlin : Heereswaffenamt, 1943. 47 p.
  2. JENTZ, Thomas L. & DOYLE, Hilary Louis. Panzer Tracts No. 4 - Panzerkampfwagen IV : Grosstraktor to Panzerbefehlswagen IV. Darlington, MD : Darlington Productions, 1997. 60 p. ISBN 0-9648793-4-4.
  3. JENTZ, Thomas L. & DOYLE, Hilary Louis. Panzer Tracts No. 23 - Panzer Production from 1933 to 1945. Boyds, MD : Panzer Tracts, 2011. 80 p.
  4. Koch. Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. B bis E : Gerätbeschreibung und Bedienungsanweisung zum Turm : Bescreibung. Berlin : Heereswaffenamt, 1941. 52 p. D 653/6.
  5. Koch. Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. F1 und F2 : Gerätbeschreibung und Bedienungsanweisung zum Ausbau - Bescreibung. Berlin : Heereswaffenamt, 1942. 25 p. D 653/5.
  6. PAWLAS, Karl R. Waffen-Revue W 127 - Datenblätter für Heeres-Waffen, -Fahrzeuge und Gerät. Nurnberg : Publizistisches Archiv für Militär- und Waffenwessen, 1976. 248 p. ISBN 3-88088-213-4.