søndag 23. august 2009

Panzer IV H Platoon (GBX10)

Panzer IV HPanzer IV H Platoon (GBX10)
Also available individually in GE046
Panzerkampfwagen IV
Ausf H, Sd Kfz 161/2

Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf H entered production in April of 1943 as the ninth variant of Panzerkampfwagen IV tank family. 
Designated Sd Kfz 161/2 it was produced between April 1943 and July 1944 when it was replaced by the Ausf J.
It was the most produced of all the Panzer IV variants with 2,774 tanks produced and another 30 hulls being used for early StuG IVs and 130 for Brummbärs. It was produced by Krupp-Gruson AG in Magdeburg, Vomag AG in Plauen and Nibelungenwerke AG in St.Valentin.
Panzer IV H
Panzer IV H with commander
The Panzer IV H was basically a late model Ausf G with six-speed Zahnradfabrik ZF SSG76 transmission. Another modification to take place during production in June 1943 was to increase the front armour from 50mm with an additional 30mm plate to a one-piece 80mm plate on the front hull and superstructure.
Additional modifications included the removal of side superstructure visor ports (June 1943), application of Zimmerit paste (September 1943), modifications to the suspension (September-
November 1943), air filters, a new commander's cupola and anti-aircraft MG34 cupola mount (Fliegerbeschussgerat). 
Panzer IV H
Panzer IV H models were almost universally fitted with armour side skirts (Schürzen, hull 5mm and turret 8mm) to give added protection against light anti-tank weapons and hollow charge weapons (HEAT).

All Panzer IV H tanks were armed with 75mm KwK 40 L/48 gun and two MG 34 machine-guns (co-ax and hull mounted).

Panzer IV H
Panzer IV H
Like all Panzer IVs it had a crew of five, a commander, gunner, loader, radio-operator and driver.
It was powered by a 12-cylinder water-cooled Maybach HL 120 TRM gasoline engine producing 265hp at 2600rpm. Maximum road speed was 38km/h (average road speed 25km/h).
On 6 June 1944 (D-Day) the majority of Panzerkampfwagen IV tanks present in France were the Ausf H model.
In Flames of War

The Panzer IV H is the primary tank of most Panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions in 1944. In some cases (such as the 21. Panzerdivision) it is the only type of tank available to the Panzer Regiments.
You can field your Panzer IV H Platoon from Festung Europaas a Combat Platoon from your Panzerkompanie (page 20).
Panzer IV H
Panzer IV H
It can also be fielded from Villers-Bocage in a Panzerlehr Panzerkompanie (page 23, Villers-Bocage).
The Panzer IV H is a good solid medium tank in the late war, easily equal to the Sherman or T-34. It is Fully-tracked and has Armour of Front 6, Side 3 and Top 1. It is armed with a Co-ax MG, Hull MG, and 7.5cm KwK40 gun. It has additional protection from Protected ammo and Schürzen. The 7.5cm KwK40 gun can deal with most Allied armour it is likely to run up against. The gun has Range 32”/80cm, ROF 2, Anti-tank 11 and Firepower 3+. 
The Platoon Box

The box comes with 5 Panzer IV H tanks with new plastic Schürzen and a unique Decal sheet.

Attaching the Schürzen…

Designed by Evan
Painted by Jeremy

Panzer IV H
Panzer IV H tanks
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Panzer IV H tanks in combat

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