PzIV-J Tank Details

The Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfw IV), commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a German medium tank deployed during World War II. The PzIV-J variant, introduced in late 1944, was the final production model of this series.

Design and Armament

The PzIV-J featured simplified production techniques to speed up manufacturing. Notably, it had a manual turret traverse rather than the powered system found in earlier models, due to shortages of the electric motors. It was armed with the 7.5 cm KwK 40 L/48 gun, capable of engaging most Allied tanks at medium ranges.

Armor and Mobility

The tank's armor was up to 80mm thick on the front, providing protection against anti-tank weapons of the time. However, its mobility was reduced compared to earlier versions, due to the removal of the powered turret traverse and other modifications aimed at simplifying production.

Operational Use

Despite its limitations, the PzIV-J saw extensive use on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Its reliability and powerful main gun made it a formidable opponent. However, by the time of its introduction, the tide of war had turned against Germany, and it could not alter the outcome of the conflict.


The PzIV-J represents the culmination of the Panzer IV series, showcasing the adaptability and innovation of German tank design during World War II. Today, it remains a subject of interest for military historians and enthusiasts alike.