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The Panzer IV or Panzerkampfwagen IV or abbreviated to Pz.Kpfw. IV was designed as an infantry support tank with a short 7.5 cm assault gun which was to support Panzer III however, after realising that the Panzer III was inferior to the Russian T-34 tanks. It wasn't long before the Panzer IV assumed the role of main battle tank of Wehrmacht.
The Panzer IV was a very reliable and sturdy battle tank, which was continually updated during the course of World War II. Its design and conception, began after a meeting by the Army ordnance department on the 11th of January 1934. A number of manufacturers submitted their designs for the Panzer IV Krupp's design was accepted for production in 1936 while development and construction prototype took place at Krupp's, Essen factory. The production line was established at Krupp-Grusonwerke AG at Magdeburg. Production was also carried out at Nibelungen-Werke, Vomag,

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 Panzer IV Ausf. A Sd.Kfz. 161 picture 2
Panzer IV Ausf. B Sd.Kfz. 161 picture 3
Panzer IV Ausf. C Sd.Kfz. 161 picture 4
Panzer IV Ausf. D Sd.Kfz. 161 picture 5
Panzer IV Ausf. E Sd.Kfz. 161 picture 6
Panzer IV Ausf. F Sd.Kfz. 161 picture 7

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Sources:

German Military Vehicles.
ISBN-10: 087349783X

Armoured Fighting Vehicles of Germany World War II.
ISBN-10: 0214203077

Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World Two.
ISBN-10: 1854095188

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