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The Panzer IV equips one company in each tank battalion. Its role is to provide heavy fire support for the lighter Panzer III tanks of the other companies. Initially, the companies had two platoons of short-barrelled Panzer IV tanks as artillery support. As the Battle of Gazala progressed, long-barrelled versions arrived, replacing the artillery support role with a heavy anti-tank capability.
The short-barrelled Panzer IV was designed as an artillery support tank to back up the lighter Panzer III. Its heavy7.5cm gun made it particularly useful against anti-tank guns.
As the desert war went on, increasing numbers of Panzer IV tanks were armed with the long-barrelled 7.5cm KwK40, switching from an artillery support role to a heavy anti-tank support role.
Boot Camp Battle ReportAfrika Korps vs. Desert RatsTo conclude the lessons laid out in the 4th Edition Boot Camp, Phil and James put the theory into practice by playing a 62-point game using the Free For All mission.
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