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Panzerkampfwagen III (7,5 cm Kw.K. L/24) (Sd. Kfz. 141/2)
Ausführung N

 

 

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Because of the improvement of the armament of the Panzerkampfwagen IV, about 450 7,5cm Kw.K. L/24 were left over. In early 1942 it was decided that these guns should be converted and should be mounted in the turret of the Panzerkampfwagen III. Therefore, a one-off production run of 447 Panzerkampfwagen III (7,5 cm Kw.K. L/24) (Sd. Kfz. 141/2) Ausführung N were manufactured from July to October 1942. After the production of the 7,5 cm Kw.K. L/42 had been restarted, the last 167 Panzerkampfwagen III manufactured from February to August 1943 were also armed with this gun.

 

 

 

 

 

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From July 1943 to March 1944, 69 older Panzerkampfwagen III (5 cm Kw.K. L/42 and L/60) were re-armed with the 7,5 cm Kw.K. L/24. Vehicles of the Ausführung N were equipment with  a new comander’s cupola with 80 mm thick armour and only one hatch as standard beginning in March 1843. Beginning in May 1943, additional Schürzen - armoured skirts - were mounted to the turret and the sides of the hull. Many older vehicles were retrofitted with these Schürzen.

 

 

 

 

 

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