Monday, April 4, 2011
The Panzers: Panzerkampfwagen III
In 1935, the Wermacht issued a specification for a medium tank that would serve as the main combat vehicle of that army. In 1937, a proposal by Daimler-Benz was accepted as the Panzer III ausf. A. The panzer III was a versatile tank that was one of the German army's best vehicles until it was eclipsed by the Tiger, Panther and Panzer IV ausf F2 At first armed with a 37mm gun, its armament was eventually upgraded to 50mm. Some examples were also converted to the so-called U-panzers to be used in operation Sealion. As that operation was never really put into motion, they were used in the crossing of the river Bug in the invasion of Russia.