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Osprey Modelling the Late Panzerkampfwagen IV Osprey Books

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Great Book by Osprey Publishing. 80 pages
The Panzerkampfwagen IV has often been referred to as the workhorse of the German Army in World War II. This important weapon went through several upgrades and improvements during its lifetime and is the only German tank to have been produced continuously throughout the entire war. In his previous title, Modelling the Early Panzerkampfwagen IV, Tom covered the early production Panzer IV Ausf. A to Ausf. F which mounted the 7.5cm KwK L/24 gun. This book will cover the later versions that initially mounted the 7.5cm KwK 40 L/43 and then the L/48 gun.During the Battle of France in 1940, the 7.5cm KwK L/24 gun had proved itself capable of penetrating the armour of most French and British tanks with the exception of the Char B1 and Matilda. In February of 1941, Hitler issued orders that the Pz.Kpfw.III and Pz.Kpfw.IV were to be fitted with the 5cm KwK L/60. One was mounted on a Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D for a demonstration in April 1941 and 80 were ordered with production to start in August 1944. The invasion of Russia and the first encounters with the heavy Russian KV and T-34 tanks raised the concern that the 5cm KwK would be inadequate in dealing with the new Soviet tanks. The order was cancelled and a special commission sent to Russia in November 1944 to evaluate the situation. At their recommendation, a modified 7.5cm PaK40 designated as the 7.5cm KwK40 L/43, began to be installed in March 1942. Initially, from March to May 1942, the new tank was known as the Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf.F2. In early June 1942, the designation was officially changed to Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. G. The Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. G made its combat debut in North Africa in May 1942 where it quickly proved its potency. The Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H was produced from May 1943 until February 1944. By now, it was equipped with the 7.5cm KwK40 L/48 gun, which it would carry for the duration of the war. In all, 2,322 Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H were completed before production turned over to the Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J, which was the last version of the Pz.Kpfw.IV to be produced, starting in February 1944 and running through until the end of the war.

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