The History of the Pz.Kpfw. IV in World of Tanks


If you were already fighting on our battlefields a couple of years ago, you probably know that the Pz.Kpfw. IV is a popular choice in the community. During the evolution of the game, this vehicle has been through significant changes. So, today, get ready for a blast from the past as we delve deep into the history of this German in World of Tanks.

The Journey of the Pz.Kpfw. IV

Just like in real life, in World of Tanks, this vehicle is a real drudge, known for its adaptability. Back in the day, only one Panzer IV model was available in the entire game, and you could basically equip it with many modules now available for its numerous variants. Its top turret used to be the one now featured on the Pz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm. Two top guns could be fitted: a close-combat howitzer or an accurate 7.5 cm gun.

At the time, only the Soviet KV had such flexibility – it used to be a mix of the KV-1 and KV-2 on Tier V back in the day – but both had to evolve eventually. With Update 8.0, the original Panzer IV became the Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H, where it no longer featured the Schmalturm turret. Later, Update 9.0  gave birth to its Ausf. D and Ausf. A variants.

As for the Schmalturm variant, it experienced a different story. Its gun was already available for the Panzer IV when the +/-3 tier battles were still a thing and disappeared briefly because of matchmaking tweaks. Fortunately, it came back to life as a Premium vehicle!

Tier III: the Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. A

Funnily enough, the first Panzer IV you can unlock is placed in Tier III. The Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. A is actually the first regular German medium tank you can park in your garage. And if you choose to do so, you better know its strengths and weaknesses.

This tank is a short-range flanker that should pop out, fire some shells and retreat tactically. You have the choice between two guns: a fast-firing 5 cm gun or a devastating 7.5 cm gun. As for the latter, HE shells will be your go-to ammunition, like most derpguns.

Tier IV: the Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D

The Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D can equip most German guns from lower tiers. In that regard, it might remind you of the options available for the original Panzer IV. However, this vehicle is not about the past, but more about the future!

Moreover, with its top gun, a good crew and the appropriate pieces of equipment, the Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D’s 7.5 cm gun already rivals the characteristics of the Tier V equivalents. This medium also moves fast, packs a great penetration and can use its great depression to hide its vulnerable points. Halfway through the Ausf. A and H variants, this vehicle should be played between the front and the supporting line.

Tier V: the Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H

With its side and turret skirts, the Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H sure looks cool. In a way, it’s also the definitive version of the Panzer IV: a very versatile and reliable vehicle, although it has very noticeable drawbacks, like a mediocre armour.

Nevertheless, this Tier V makes up for those with two very different gun options. The most popular choice is the reliable 7.5 cm L/48, turning your tank into a support vehicle attacking from the flanks. You can also mount the fun to play 10.5 cm howitzer for that big boom. In that configuration, the Ausf. H becomes a brawler, but a very fragile one: always look around you and move from cover to cover. And, of course, carry plenty of HE shells with you!

Tier VI: the Pz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm

As mentioned above, the gun of the Pz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm comes from one of the options previously available for the Panzer IV. However, the strong turret actually that protects it actually comes from the Panther program!

The Schmalturm is accurate, fires very fast and packs a good penetration. This mix makes a great sniper out of the Schmalturm, and you should play it as such since the overall mobility of this Tier VI is too limited to protect you from flanking. Think about this vehicle as a mix of medium tank and a tank destroyer, and you’ll be fine. 

That’s it for today, Commanders. As you can see, whatever the variant, the Pz.Kpfw. IV remains a reliable and dangerous vehicle. What are your best memories of this legendary tank? Does anyone still have pictures of the old Panzer IV? Tell us everything in the forum.

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0 thoughts on “The History of the Pz.Kpfw. IV in World of Tanks

  1. “Fortunately, it came back to life as a Premium vehicle!” Yeah the discussion is still up on that. It’s still worse than the CDC IMO in terms of prem meds. It worked wonders as a tier 5 with that turret and gun. Less so on tier 6 tbh with half the DPM more or less. It’s not a tank you see often. Last time I played it someone asked me “Pz IV S? What is that?”. And he had 15K games over 3 years.

  2. Collectors item yes collecting dust in the garage, play it once or twice a year
    unfortunately with the fuckard Russian retards from WG balance department its mediocre at best its and cannot run away from anything,
    lol! on todays WOT Maps not easy and the 25% fuck-you RNG means famed German accuracy is so-so! and facing T8’s means a certain death with the current MM of mostly bottom tier
    a forgotten vehicle from years ago – and as its a also German vehicle a coincidence? that the Russian T34-85M is literally twice as good at everything, and its much faster as well and comes with a BIA crew!
    know which I would buy …

    1. lol, Pz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm
      That joke of tank was actually the only option of pzIV when released? Thanks God WOT has evolved a lot.
      Why would someone want to play it? It looks like garbage, and IRL was an imposible dream (just like any other dumb nazi design)
      T-3485M is a regular T-3485 with improved frontal armor but weaker tracks, of course it is better than a dumb nazi shit that would not be able to move at first place

        1. Nazi tanks might as well be removed and banned. Historical revisionism and neo-nazi players are not a part of WoT.

        2. Do yourself a favor, THINK
          What are we talking about? Panzer IV Schmalturm
          How the fuck is it directly related to Panther tank? Or maybe is the fact that you are unable to properly quote? I said Panzer IV Shmalturm was YET another IMPOSIBLE design.
          That does not mean i said any nazi design was imposible, but your reading comprehention is null, maybe?
          Do you want to know why this design is bullshit anyway?
          Schmalturm, that was just a concept, would be imposible to fit in PzIV, and even then, it would be too heavy for the poor PzIV. Of course, that ugly turret was neither put on a Panther tank (unlike the aberration of Panther design that we suffer at WOT) AND, btw, even if the would put the turret on panther, i would not be a big improvement, it was not an uptier for Panther, just and alternative (this means, in game, both regular Panther and “panther II” should be Tier VI, sans that comically long joke of a gun.
          Krupp had their own alternate upgrate to PzIV, much more viable, it was never put on production, but man, it looks nice at least, unlike the Schmalturm shit.

  3. I don’t think the T-34-85M comes with a BIA crew – the only Russian medium with BIA crew is the Rudy (4 crew + dog).
    Also WG wouldn’t offer a BIA crew with any tank you can get from the tech tree.

    1. Agreed. Once there was a time when the game was actually enjoyable…days long gone.

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