Panzer III Ausf L or Ausf M, Tunisia 1943

Panzer III Ausf L or Ausf M, Tunisia 1943
A side view of a Panzer III knocked out during fighting close to Medenine in Tunisia early in 1943. This is either a Ausf L or Ausf M - the main visual difference being the exhaust, out of sight on this picture, and the smoke launchers added to the side of the turret on the M, which may have been damaged in the fighting. This picture shows the extra spaced armour on the gun mantlet and the front of the superstructure, gives a glimpse of the round mount for the hull machine gun, and gives a very clear view of the road wheels and suspension
Panzerkampfwagen III Medium Tank 1936-44, Bryan Perrett. A good introduction for anyone interesting in the Panzer III, this book covers the development of the tank, the structure of the German panzer forces, and its military career, which saw the Panzer III go from being the Third Reich's main battle tank to being under-gunned and under-armoured [see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 July 2008), Panzer III Ausf L or Ausf M, Tunisia 1943 , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_panzer_III_ausf_L_or_M.html

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