The Panzerkampfwagen III was intended to fight other armoured fighting vehicles and serve alongside the infantry-supporting Panzer IV. However, as the Germans faced the formidable T-34, stronger anti-tank guns were needed. Since the Panzer IV had a bigger turret ring, the role was reversed. The Panzer IV mounted the long barreled 7.5 cm KwK 40 gun and engaged in tank-to-tank battles. The Panzer III became obsolete in this role and for most purposes was supplanted by the Panzer IV. From 1942, the last version of Panzer III mounted the 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24, better suited for infantry support. Production of the Panzer III ended in 1943. However, the Panzer III's capable chassis provided hulls for the Sturmgeschütz III until the end of the war.

Pzkpfw III variants in Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon
Ausf. E Ausf. G Ausf. J "early" Ausf. J "late" (Ausf. J¹) Ausf. L Ausf. M Ausf. N Flammpanzer III

Ausf. E[edit | edit source]

Panzer III Ausf. E
PzIII E.jpg
General Historical Information
Category Medium Tank
Debut in FHSW v0.6
Speed 70km/h
Main armament 37mm KwK36
Coaxial weapon 2x 7.92 mm MG 34
General Ingame Information
Seat 2 7.92 mm MG 34
Historical Picture
Panzer III Ausf.E.jpg


The earliest variant of the Panzer III in fhsw. It is much faster than any other variant of it and is most suited for infantry support rather than fighting other tanks since the cannon isn't that powerful against vehicles but the twin machineguns make it more effective against infantry, essentially doubling the rate of fire. The speed also helps to avoid enemy tanks and to take favorable engagements.


Ausf. G[edit | edit source]

Panzer III Ausf. G
PzIII G.jpg
General Historical Information
Category Medium Tank
Debut in FHSW v0.6
Main armament 5 cm KwK 38 L/42
Coaxial weapon 7.92 mm MG 34
General Ingame Information
Seat 2 7.92 mm MG 34
Historical Picture
Panzer III Ausf.g.jpg


The G variant is essentially a more armoured and up gunned variant of the E variant. The gun mantlet is redesigned with more armour and a single coaxial mg instead coupled with the 5 cm gun. Unlike the E variant it isnt as fast and neither are the following variants of the Panzer 3.


Ausf. J "early"[edit | edit source]

Panzer III Ausf. J "early"
Pzkpfw III Ausf J.jpg
General Historical Information
Place of origin Germany
Category Medium tank
Speed 40 km/h
Armour 210px
Main armament 5 cm KwK 38 L/42
92 shells
Coaxial weapon 7.92 mm MG 34
17 x 150 rounds
General Ingame Information
Used by Germany
Crew in‑game 2
Seat 2 7.92 mm MG 34
8 x 250 rounds
Historical Picture
Panzer Iii Ausf J.jpg


The Ausf. J is a variant of the Panzer III in the mod, but is just know as the Pzkpfw Ausf J while there is another Ausf J version (see Ausf. J¹). This model had a solid 50-millimetre (1.97 in) plate on the front and rear. The Ausf. A to early Ausf. F were equipped with a 3.7 cm KwK 36 L/46.5 which proved adequate during the campaigns of 1939 and 1940 but the later Ausf. F to Ausf. J were upgraded with the 5 cm KwK 38 L/42.


Ausf. J¹[edit | edit source]

Panzer III Ausf. J
Pzkpfw III Ausf J-1.jpg
General Historical Information
Place of origin Germany
Category Medium tank
Speed 40 km/h
Main armament 5 cm KwK 39 L/60
92 shells
Coaxial weapon 7.92 mm MG 34
17 x 150 rounds
General Ingame Information
Used by Germany
Italy
Crew in‑game 2
Seat 2 7.92 mm MG 34
8 x 250 rounds
Historical Picture
Panzer Iii Ausf J-1.jpg


Know as the Pzkpfw III Ausf J in the mod, this is the late Ausf. J. While the Ausf. J model has a 5 cm KwK 38 L/42, the later Ausf. J variants were upgraded with the longer 5 cm KwK 39 L/60 cannon in response to the increasing number of better armed and armoured opponents.


Ausf. L[edit | edit source]

Panzer III Ausf. L
Panzer III Ausf. L.jpg
General Historical Information
Place of origin Germany
Category Medium tank
Speed 40 km/h
Main armament 5 cm KwK 39 L/60
92 shells
General Ingame Information
Used by Germany
Seat 2 7.92 mm MG 34
8 x 250 rounds
Historical Picture
Panzer Iii Ausf L.jpg


While the Ausf. J models got an armor of 50 mm, the Ausf. L model had an additional layer of 20 mm of armor on the front hull and turret. This additional frontal armor gave the Panzer III frontal protection from most British and Soviet anti-tank guns at all but close ranges. The sides were still vulnerable to many enemy weapons including anti-tank rifles at close ranges.


Ausf. M[edit | edit source]

Panzer III Ausf. M
Pzkpfw III Ausf M.jpg
General Historical Information
Place of origin Germany
Designer Daimler-Benz
Manufacturer Daimler-Benz
Produced In 1942 - 1943
Category Medium tank
Debut in FHSW Debut in Fh Mod
Speed 40 km/h
Armour 5–70 mm
Main armament 5 cm KwK 39 L/60
(92 rounds)
Coaxial weapon 7.92 mm MG 34
(80 rounds)
General Ingame Information
Used by Germany
Crew in‑game 3
Ammunition APHE & APCR (Random)
Seat 2 Smoke Grenade Projectors
(6 grenades)
Seat 3 7.92 mm MG 34
(250 rounds)
Seat 4 Passenger Seat
Seat 5 Passenger Seat
Historical Picture
Panzer Iii Ausf M.jpg

The Ausf M was the Ausf KL but with minor modifications such as deep-wading exhaust and Schürzen. 100 Ausf.M's were coverted by Wegmann in Kassel into Medium Flametrower tanks.


Ausf. N[edit | edit source]

Panzer III Ausf. N
Pzkpfw III Ausf N.jpg
General Historical Information
Place of origin Germany
Category Medium tank
Speed 40 km/h
Main armament 7.5 cm KwK L/24
64 shells
Coaxial weapon 7.92 mm MG 34
General Ingame Information
Used by Germany
Italy
Ammunition ↑ HE
↓ HEATIcon 75mmKwK37HEAT C.pngIcon 75mmKwK37HEAT Klw.png
Seat 2 6x Smoke charges
Seat 3 7.92 mm MG 34
8 x 250 rounds
Historical Picture
Panzer Iii Ausf N.jpg


The last version was the Ausf N. This was the Ausf M but armed with a short barreled 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 gun, due to 7.5 cm gun's ability to fire HE and HEAT rounds. To act more as a infantry support vehicle like the early models of Panzerkampfwagen IV while other tanks were more effective in combating enemy tanks. Turrets were used in producing the "Artilleriewagen" of the Schwerer Schienenpanzerspähzug armoured train.


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