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Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)

Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
includes five plastic Panzer III tanks, one plastic Tank Commander sprue, one Decal sheets and seven Unit card.

The Panzer III is Germany's standard tank, making up over two-thirds of their tank strength. It has good mobility, is well armoured, and is armed with an effective 5cm (2-inch) gun. Manned by veteran crews that are confident in their abilities and Germany's eventual victory, they are capable of defeating just about any tank in the world.

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Afrika Korps
The German Afrika Korps is a hard-fighting force of tough veteran troops who have won many battles and expect to win many more. Their Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks outclass the British tanks they face, and have been steadily upgraded to maintain their edge over the opposition. Their infantry are organised to have ‘few men, many weapons’, so they pack a ferocious punch whether facing infantry or tanks. These are backed by the famous ‘88’ dual-purpose anti-tank/anti-aircraft gun and the Stuka dive bomber.

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As the Allies built bigger and better tanks with more powerful guns, the Panzer III began to lose its advantage. The Germans responded by fitting an additional 20mm plate in front of the driver's plate and on the gun mantlet. This restored its effectiveness, but pushed the tank's weight up, almost to the limits of the chassis.
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
Rommel's Afrika Korps (GEAB14)
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
Until the First Battle of El Alamein, the vast majority of German tanks were the short-barrelled Panzer III. This tank outclassed every British tank until the arrival of the American-built Grant tank.
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
Rommel's Afrika Korps (GEAB14)
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)

The handful of long-barrelled 5cm gun-armed Panzer III tanks available at Gazala and the First Battle of El Alamein were a match for any British tank, even the new Grant heavy tank. 

 Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
Rommel's Afrika Korps (GEAB14)
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)

By Alam El Halfa, nearly half of the Panzer III tanks available were the latest model combining the long 5cm gun with thicker armour, equal to anything they faced.  

Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
Rommel's Afrika Korps (GEAB14)
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)

At El Agheila, Rommel received the final model of the Panzer III. Armed with a short-barrelled 7.5cm gun and new HEAT ammunition, it matched or exceeded the armour penetration of the long 5cm.

The bigger gun limited the amount of extra armour that could be added.  

Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
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Plastic Panzer III Sprue (x5)
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
Plastic Tank Commander Sprue (x1) Decal Sheet (x1)
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
Unit Cards
Afrika Korps (x1) Movement Order (x1)
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
Panzer III Tank Company HQ (x1) Panzer III (Uparmoured) Tank Company HQ (x1)
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
Panzer III Tank Platoon (x1) Panzer III (Mixed) Tank Platoon (x1)
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96) Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)
Panzer III (Uparmoured) Tank Platoon (x1)
Panzer III Tank Platoon (GBX96)

Boot Camp Battle Report
Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats
To 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.

Boot Camp Battle Report: Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats...

Boot Camp Battle Report: Afrika Korps vs. Desert Rats


Last Updated On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Blake at Battlefront