Image: Pz Beob Wg IV (Mahoroba)
YearJuly 1944
Vehicle TypeMedium Artillery Observation Vehicle
Origin & DesignerGermany/Nibelungenwerke
Numbers Produced90
Main Armament1 x 75mm L/48 KwK 40 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-8° to +20°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTZF5f/1 or /2
Secondary Armament2 x 7.92mm MG34s (Bow & Coaxial)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried87 x 75mm & 3.150 x 7.92mm
Combat Weight25.000 kg
Ground Clearance0.40m
Fording Depth1.20m
Trench Crossing2.20m
Obstacle Clearance0.60m
Climbing Ability30°
RadioFuG-4 & FuG-8
ArmourHull Front: 80mm
Hull Sides: 30mm
Hull Rear: 20mm
Hull Top: 10mm
Hull Bottom: 12mm
Gun Mantle: 50mm
Turret Front: 50mm
Turret Sides: 30mm
Turret Rear: 30mm
Turret Top: 15mm
EngineMaybach HL 120TRM & TRM112 (Petrol)
Transmission6 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range210 km
Maximum Cross Country Range130 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed16 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Panzer IV was chosen to replace the Mk. III as the next Panzerbeobachtungswagen. The supplies of Mk. III were beginning to run out, so ninety Pz Mk IVs were converted for this role. They were issued to Hummel batteries for the duration of the war.