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PzIII Battle Damage

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Appendix "A" to AFV Technical Report No.11 
Dated December '42
The following abbreviations have been used in the section dealing with Pz.Kw.III:
  • sa: Spaced armour
  • dfp: Driver's front plate
  • man: mantlet
  • nf: prepared but not fitted
Thus sa(nf)man means that the mantlet was prepared for spaced armour, but it was not actually fitted.
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Short gun

sadfp only

Tracks and sandbags used for extra protection, lengths of track across the nose plate and on top of turret. One strike (6-pdr or 75 mm) on left edge gun mantlet has caused general break up of armour which shows greater tendency to crack than when attacked previously by 2-pdr. The weld on the recuperator shield has broken completely where shield attached to mantlet. A heavy attack on the RH end of the mantlet has caused complete break up of the mantlet and a large piece of the mantlet had fallen into the tank. The nose plate has been penetrated on the LH end.

Short gun and no spaced armour

Tracks on the turret and nose. 1 M72 75 mm round found broken up having hit nose plate and failed to make any impression.

Short gun

sadfp & sa man

2 75 mm penetrations side plate at approx 45 degrees. Tendency for plate to flake. Plate appears to be brittle. 1 75 mm penetration side low beside driver, plate flaked and cracked.

Long gun sadfp & sa(nf)man. No side doors in hull

This was a very new tank with no apparent battle damage.

Long gun

sadfp

sa(nf)man

A large projectile (?) 88 mm has passed through OS just below side escape door and failed. Plate shows lamination. Projectile has emerged through NS side plat which has flaked badly on outside and cracked. The space between the spaced armour and dfp was filled with track pins.

Long gun

No spaced armour

1 6-pdr penetration above driver’s visor. Plate has failed poorly, the hole being square. Several 75 mm penetrations through tail plate.

Long gun

No spaced armour

1 75 mm penetration lower nose plate

1 75 mm penetration above driver’s visor

Long gun

sadfp & sa(nf)man

Demolished

Long gun

sadfp & sa(nf)man

2 penetrations at approximately 35 degrees through driver’s spaced armour, but not through main plate.

1 penetration side turret.

1 penetration side fighting chamber.

This tank was “dug in”.

Short gun

No spaced armour

Graze on top edge of nose plate. Weld has cracked along centre for entire length.

Long gun

sadfp sa man complete

Demolished

Long gun

No spaced armour

1 75 mm penetration nose plate

1 75 mm failed to penetrate nose plate

Short gun

sadfp sa man

Both tracks missing. No other battle damage.


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