Pz.IV ausf D sd.kfz. 161

History

Was built from October 1939 till May 1940, and is one of most beautiful Pz-4 versions, with a bent front plate, and very complicated form turret. Only 228 were built in total; it has a 360 mm narrow track, with 75mm wheels, its own early 2 sectional sprockets, and its own absolutely spectacular complicated turret. Other versions of tanks had different turrets; BC is thinner, and with a different system turret mask, E is thicker and with a different rear wall and cupola, including all small pieces as well.

Project

We have restored the pz.4 D turret to its original working condition, except for the main gun, and electrical system. The turret has markings: the 3 rings Krupp’s logo, and the number 80536 on every main piece (gun mask, walls, roof, cupola, side hatches)

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We also delivered new made radiators for this tank.

The pz4 D is the rarest German tank; not in the meaning of a low quantity of production, but rather in meaning its existence in early Wehrmacht tanks.

The only D’s which are present in museum collections are:

D- in Bovington, rebuilt in 1943-44 for a conversion with a long-barreled gun.

D- in Fort LEE, also rebuilt as the long-barreled version with new wheels, tracks, etc. in 1943-44.

The only one still in existence is in the Australian Armor and Artillery Museum, and which has been restored to its original 1940 condition, with our involevement and expertise.

Process in detail

Original historical photos

Specifications

Crew
5
Communication
fu5
Armour protection
20-30mm
Main armament
7,5 cm KwK L24
Additional armament
MG-34 x 2
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Track type
36cm early,
Engine
Maybach HL120 TR , 300 h/p (firma Maybach or Nordbau Berlin under license of Maybach)
Transmission
SSG76 getriebe
VIN/Fahrgestell
80577 Krupp
Production Year
1939
Factory
Krupp grusonwerk
Length
5.8m
Width
2.83m
Height
2.85

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