The Enwintlung Standardpanzer II (OSS Designation: , German Nickname: Panther III) was adopted in 1952 by the Wehrmacht as it's universal tank, is the next iteration of the Standardpanzer.
The Standardpanzer itself has it's origins in the Panther II prototype, designed to meet Hitler's demand for a better armored and armed medium tank. While the Panther II was not designated for mass production, the Standardpanzer included many concepts first outlined in the Panther II. It included a narrower turret, along with an angled armor array equivalent to 200 mm RHA. The armor was comprised of rubber bulge plates on the exterior to protect against shaped charges, as well as perforated steel to protect against kinetic penetrators. Those weren't the only improvements either, the height was lowered by a tenth of a meter, and the tank possessed a far more reliable transmission allowing for greater range and mobility.
The ES-2 represents major upgrades, such as removal of a radio operator to make room for more fuel and ammunition racks, a redesigned interior compartment, replacement of the 8.8cm L/71 with the 10.5cm L/52 cannon, improved stabilizer, closed breech excavator, and an encrypted radio.
The 10.5 cm L/52 is capable of penetrating up to 250 mm RHA using tungsten APDS, or 350 mm RHA using HEAT-T. The gun's formidable capabilities makes it one of the most powerful weapons mounted on a commonly fielded armored fighting vehicle.
It is easy to differentiate between the ES-1 and the ES-2 in order to act as a counterweight for the increased frontal turret weight, a 25 kilowatt generator was mounted in the rear of the turret as well, lengthening the bustle.
The Standardturm Ausf J is the final turret used in the Standardpanzer line. It can also be found mounted onto the Uralstellung (Ural Line, US Designation: Ribbentrop Line).
The Tiger IV heavy tank has it's roots in the E-75 or Tiger III. Mounting an improved turret and utilizing improved armor arrays and other technological improvements, it possesses twice the armor protection over the Tiger III while sporting the same armament.
Unfortunately only rough estimates can be found for this Nazi super tank. It is believed that the frontal arc protection value is 350 mm RHAe, which is far outside the capabilities of contemporary medium tank guns from penetrating.
The 12.8 cm L/55 Gun is capable of penetrating up to 380 mm of armor steel at 1 km away with an APDS shell, making it the most formidable tank gun in existance. It is capable of penetrating 500mm of armor steel with a HEAT shell.
The OSS believes that the Tiger IV is not commonly fielded.
100 E-100 tanks were produced from 1944 to 1946, used largely for propaganda purposes. Unlikely to be still in service. Shares many parts with the E-75 tank due to pressure by Speer. Wholly obsolete and overweight.
Weight: 130 tonnes
Engine: 1200 hp Mercedez Benz 517 Diesel
Sturmgewehr 44: An accurate weapon limited in range to 400 to 500 meters, which makes it easily outmatched by American AR-10s, which is a disadvantage in certain terrain where long range combat takes place. Such as the mountains or long distance sniping.
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