Sd Kfz 161 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN IV
Tank Museum photo No. 3617/D/6
The Museum's Panzer IV is a hybrid. Built as an early Ausfuhrung
(model) D it was subsequently improved to the point that
it displays many features of the later type Ausf H.
Tank Museum photo No. 1950/C/6
In particular the long 75mm gun which, in British eyes,
made it a Panzer IV Special. In reality it probably never
fired a shot in anger, being employed by a driver training
school during the war.
Museum photo No. 1950/C/5
However it is, outwardly, similar to the tanks that 21st
Panzer Division used in Normandy in 1944.
Tank Museum photo No. 3617/F/3
One reason why the Panzer IV, which first appeared before
the war, was still regarded as an effective front-line tank
in 1944 was its ability to take improvement without suffering
loss of performance. The longer gun is the best example
but in this close-up one can see various places where additional
armour had been fitted.
Tank Museum photo No.5862/D/3
The tank has been repainted since most of these photographs
were taken and now resides in that part of the Tank Museum
devoted to the D-Day campaign.