But by the time the Panzer IV was up gunned with a longer 75mm gun the panzer III was obsolete and was taken from front lines service and put into academies as a training tank. The last model was the Asuf N and was given a short 75mm gun (the one that was mounted on early panzer IV)
Panzer III Ausf. A - Prototype; only 8 armed and saw service in Poland. Armed with 3.7 cm KwK 36 L/46.5 main gun, 250 PS HL 108 engine.
Panzer III Ausf. B - Prototype; some saw service in Poland.
Panzer III Ausf. C - Prototype; some saw service in Poland.
Panzer III Ausf. D - Prototype; some saw service in Poland and Norway.
Panzer III Ausf. E - Suspension redesigned, switching from leaf-springs to torsion-bars, now using 6 larger roadwheels per side. 300 PS HL 120 engine.
Panzer III Ausf. F - improved Ausf. E, first mass-production version, late production armed with 5 cm KwK 38 L/42 main gun.
Panzer III Ausf. G - More armour on gun mantlet. Armed with 3.7 cm KwK 36 L/46.5 (later 5 cm KwK 38 L/42) gun.
Panzer III Ausf. H - 5 cm KwK 38 L/42 as standard gun. Bolt-on armor added to front and rear hull (30 mm + 30 mm plates).
Panzer III Ausf. I - Variant mentioned in Allied intelligence reports but not an actual existing vehicle. Possible confusion with Ausf. J.
Panzer III Ausf. J - Hull and turret front armour increased to solid 50 mm plate. Some were produced with 5 cm KwK 39 L/60 gun and later redesignated Ausf. L.
Panzer III Ausf. K - Panzerbefehlswagen command tank variant with a modified turret. Carried actual main armament rather than a dummy gun as found on other Panzer III command versions.
Panzer III Ausf. L - Redesignated Aus. J equipped with long 5cm gun, 20 mm stand-off armor plates on hull and turret front
Panzer III Ausf. M - Minor modifications of the ausf. L such as deep-wading exhaust and Schürzen side-armor panels.
Panzer III Ausf. N - Infantry support tank, armed with a short barreled 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 gun.
- Type:Medium tank
- Place of origin:Nazi Germany
- In service:1939–1945
- Used by:Nazi Germany
Kingdom of Romania Slovak Republic Kingdom of Hungary Independent State of Croatia Turkey Norway
- Number built:5,774 (excluding StuG III)
- Weight:23.0 tonnes (25.4 short tons)
- Length:5.56 m (20 ft)
- Width:2.90 m (9 ft 6 in)
- Height/2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
- Armor/5–70 mm (0.20–2.76 in)
1 × 3.7 cm KwK 36 Ausf. A-F 1 × 5 cm KwK 38 Ausf. F-J 1 × 5 cm KwK 39 Ausf. J¹-M 1 × 7.5 cm KwK 37 Ausf. N 2–3 × 7.92 mm machine gun34
- Engine :296 hp
- range:155 km (96 mi)
- Speed:Road: 40 km/h (25 mph)
- Off-road: 20 km/h (12 mph)