Panzer IV/70 (A)

The Panzer IV/70 (A) was intended to be an interim design, designed to speed up the introduction of a version of the Jagdpanzer armed with a 7.5cm PaK42 L/70 main gun.

Vomag, who also produced the Jagdpanzer IV, had produced a similar design, which entered production as the Panzer IV/70 (V), and which was seen as the main production version of the long-gun armed Jagdpanzer.

Alkett’s design was based on the standard chassis of a Panzer IV. This made it narrower than the Vomag design, and meant that the superstructure needed to be taller (2.35m compared to 1.85m), with flat sided armoured plates between the top of the tracks and the start of the sloped side armour. Like the Vomag design the Panzer IV/70 (A) was nose-heavy.

In July 1944 Alkett received an order to convert some of their Panzer IV production to the Panzer IV/70 (A), and production began in August (the same month as at Vomag). A total of 278 Panzer IV/70 (A)s were produced by Alkett at Nibelungenwerk, and production continued to the end of the war.

Names
Panzer IV/80(A)
Panzerwagen 604/9
Gerät 558
Jagdpanzer IV mit 7.5cm StuK 42 L/70

Stats
Number produced:  278
Produced: August 1944-March 1945
Length: 8.44,
Hull Width: 2.88m
Height: 2.35m
Crew: 4
Weight: 28 tons   
Engine: Maybach HL120TRM & TRM 112
Max Speed: 38km/hr
Max Range:  320km
Armament: One 7.5cm PaK42 L/70 and one 7.92mm MG42s

Armour

Armour

Front

Side

Rear

Top/ Bottom

Superstructure

80mm/ 3.2in

40mm/ 1.6in

20mm/ 0.8in

20mm/ 0.8in

Hull (upper)

80mm/ 3.2in

40mm/ 1.6in

20mm/ 0.8in

10mm/ 0.4in

Hull (lower)

80mm/ 3.2in

30mm/ 1.2in

20mm/ 0.8in

10mm/ 0.4in

Gun mantlet

80mm/ 3.2in

 

 

 

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (4 August 2008), Panzer IV/70 (A) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_panzer_IV_70_A.html

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