Thursday, May 26, 2011
Panzer IV (part 2)
The first model of Panzer IV to have the new long 75mm gun was the ausf. F2. Besides the new addition of the long gun, the F2 differed from all previous models except the F1 by having a front plate that extended the full width of the hull front. Next came the G and H models which were fitted with the Side skirting armor was added for the protection of the chassis and turret. The last model, the H, last saw service as an anti-tank weapon. Overall, the 'IV was the best tank built for the Germans during World War II, as it was reliable, powerful, and easy to produce. The Panzerkampfwagen IV was in service from the beginning of the war until its end, serving wherever the German army went.