Panzerkampfwagen IV

Pz Kpfw I, Pz Kpfw II, and Pz Kpfw IV driving past the main tribune during the 1936 Reichparteitag.

Panzer-Regiment 1/1. Panzer-Division

1936-09

Nürnberg, Germany

Two destroyed Pz Kpfw II Ausf. A (one from Panzer-Regiment 1 and one from Panzer-Regiment 2, with a Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. C (tactical number 814, Panzer-Regiment 1) in the background, at the train station in Sochaczew, Poland.

1. Panzer-Division

1939

Sochaczew, Poland

Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. C, tactical number 300, driving off a flatcar. The chassis number of the tank is 80413.

Panzer-Regiment 11/1. Leichte-Division

1939

This Pz Kpfw IV (tactical number I01, commanded by Major Koppenburg) was destroyed in near the village of Sierżniki in central Poland on 17 September 1939. Major Koppenburg survived the destruction of the tank.

Panzer-Regiment 1/1. Panzer-Division

1939-09-17

Sierżniki, Poland

Destroyed early Pz Kpfw IV in the middle of a road near Amiens, France. The tank was destroyed around 5 June 1940. The graves of the killed crew members are visible to the left. The sign reads "Rechts fahren" (keep right).

4. Kompanie/Panzer-Regiment 33/9. Panzer-Division

1940

Amiens, France

Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. B or C, with two Pz Kpfw II during a short rest.

Panzer-Regiment 25/7. Panzer-Division

1940

France

Early Pz Kpfw IV, most likely an Ausf. E (front) and Ausf. B (rear), with other German vehicles. The photograph is taken near Samokov, Bulgaria.

1941

Samokov, Bulgaria

Loader in his combat position in a Pz Kpfw IV.

1941-01-14

Column of Pz Kpfw IV in Russia. The front is an Ausf. F and the second from the front an Ausf. D.

1941-08-08

Russia

Dug-in Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. B on the Eastern Front during the battles west of Moscow. Notice the melted snow in front of the MG 34.

1. Panzer-Division

1942-04-29

Eastern Europe

Pz Kpfw II in a Russian village, together with several Pz Kpfw III and Pz Kpfw IV.

1942-09-03

Rzhev, Russia

Early Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. G, with L/43 gun. It is commanded by Zugführer SS-Untersturmführer Schöntaube. The side of the turret features a drawing of an elephant (not visible on this photograph). The photograph was taken as part of a series during a weapons demonstration.

2. Zug/III. Kompanie/SS-Panzer-Regiment 2/2. SS-Panzer-Division

1942-09-12

Pz Kpfw IV Ausf.G, tactical number 215, was abandoned after the second battle of El Alamein.

Panzer-Regiment 5/21. Panzer-Division

1942-12-05

El Alamein, Egypt

Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. H in Italy.

1943

Italy

Staged photograph of two crew members reading a newspaper, while another one is repairing a Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. G.

1943-01-06

Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. G and their crews following an exercise at the Aegean Sea.

1. Panzer-Division

1943-07-01

Greece

Five Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. G or H and a Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. D (far right, with add-on frontal armor), as well as three Pz Kpfw III Ausf. N during training outside Viborg, Denmark.

Panzer-Abteilung 55/233. Panzer-Division

1944

Viborg, Denmark

A Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. H and two Sd Kfz 251 Ausf. D. The Pz Kpfw IV, tactical number 779, is a command vehicle equipped with an extra antenna, and most likely belonged to Obersturmführer Karl Kloskowski. The rear Sd Kfz 251 has tactical number 104, and appears to have been equipped with a star antenna. These vehicles were destroyed in Normandy in late July 1944.

7. Kompanie/II. Abteilung/SS-Panzer-Regiment 2/2. SS-Panzer-Division

1944-08

Normandy, France

A Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. G or H and a Pz Kpfw III hull at the train station of Viborg, Denmark.

Panzer-Abteilung 55/233. Panzer-Division

1944-11

Viborg, Denmark

A knights cross recipient (most likely colonel Johannes Schmidt, former commander of Panzer-Regiment 27) next to a Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. H in Jutland, Denmark.

Panzer-Abteilung 55/233. Panzer-Division

1944-11

Denmark

Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. G or H at the train station in Viborg, Denmark.

Panzer-Abteilung 55/233. Panzer-Division

1944-11

Viborg, Denmark

A group of soldiers posing on a Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. G, at the bus terminal at Viborg, Denmark.

Panzer-Abteilung 55/233. Panzer-Division

1944-11

Viborg, Denmark

Column of Pz Kpfw IV in Viborg, Denmark.

Panzer-Abteilung 55/233. Panzer-Division

1944-11

Viborg, Denmark

Soldier sitting on the turret of a Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. G or H, in front of a Pz Kpfw III hull, at the train station of Viborg, Denmark.

Panzer-Abteilung 55/233. Panzer-Division

1944-11

Viborg, Denmark

Group of soldiers in front of a Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. H (left, tactical number 133) and a Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. G. The tanks are parked in the bus terminal in Viborg, Denmark.

Panzer-Abteilung 55/233. Panzer-Division

1944-11

Viborg, Denmark

Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. H with aerial mount for an MG 34 in Viborg, Denmark.

Panzer-Abteilung 55/233. Panzer-Division

1944-11

Viborg, Denmark

This Pz Kpfw IV has been camouflaged by stacking up branches and wooden beams up around it.

1944-11-20

Eifel, Germany

Pz Kpfw 38 (t) and Pz Kpfw IV seen through the driver's vision hatch of another Pz Kpfw 38 (t).

Russia

Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. C being repaired after running over a mine.

Column of Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. D.

Panzer-Regiment 15/11. Panzer-Division

German soldiers posing on a Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. D.

Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. F.

Short-barrelled Pz Kpfw IV.

Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. D, retrofitted with add-on armor plates.

Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. C undergoing maintenance. The drive wheel has been removed, showing the inside gears.

Tank crewman with a Pz Kpfw IV Ausf. D.

Panzer-Regiment 7/10. Panzer-Division

Destroyed Pz Kpfw IV flipped over in water.

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