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"Armor Arrangement on German Tanks" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following U.S. report on German tank armor on the Panzer II, Panzer III, Panzer IV, and Panzer VI appeared in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 29, July 15, 1943.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department publication Tactical and Technical Trends. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


The accompanying sketches show the armor arrangement on current models of the PzKw 2, 3, 4, and 6. These sketches are believed to be accurate and up-to-date. Armor thicknesses (circled figures) are given in millimeters; their equivalent in inches may be found in the article beginning on page 30. A question mark following some of these figures indicates that definite information is not available. Where two small figures appear in parentheses, it indicates that there are 2 plates at this point; in only 2 instances, namely on the PzKw 3, are the 2 plates separated to form so-called spaced armor.

The armament of these tanks is also shown.

[Panzer II Armor]

[Panzer III Armor]

[Panzer IV Armor]

[Panzer VI Armor]


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