Tip of the Tank - Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. H

General advice for using the Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. H in World of Tanks.

The Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. H is one of the best versions of the Panzer IV series in both World of Tanks and in the real world. With its good accuracy and decent range, this tank can be used in a number of situations and is one of the more satisfying medium tanks to play.

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Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. H

The Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. H is a Tier 5 Medium tank from the German tank line. This tank is very similar to the American M4 Sherman in that they both use similar weapons, have good gun depression, and decent mobility. You can read up on the history of the Panzer IV here for an in-depth look at how this tank came about. 

The Ausf. H is considered one of the long-barrelled versions of the Panzer IV. The longer barrel of its 7.5cm L/48 gun increases the velocity and acceleration of the gun’s projectile, meaning it’s accuracy is better overall than previous Panzer IV versions. At 10 degrees, it also has decent gun depression that can allow you to hull-down more often. However, if you’re looking to pack more of a punch, the Ausf. H also has the option to equip a howitzer for some derp gun fun.

The downside of the Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. H is its armor protections. Even lower-tiered tanks can penetrate its thin armor, especially when hit in the turret. It does have some spaced armor though, which helps mitigate damage sustained from HE or HEAT shells. Despite its good accuracy, the Ausf. H also has relatively inferior penetration compared to similar medium tanks of the same tier.

Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. H Playstyle

Get into position quickly to take advantage of the Panzer IV's excellent accuracy across long ranges.
Get into position quickly to take advantage of the Panzer IV's excellent accuracy across long ranges.

The playstyle of the Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. H depends on the type of gun you choose to mount. Given this tank’s good range, accuracy, and gun depression, this tank performs best as a flanker or support sniper. Use this tank to creep up hillsides and ridges, or provide cover fire for your teammates to get the most from this Panzer version.

Scouting

While this tank has decent mobility like the M4 Sherman, its slower rate of fire and lower DPM rating should be taken into consideration before heading out on scouting missions. It has a good enough view range to provide some spotting support, but it’s best to maintain a safe distance from your opponent to make the most of this tank’s mid to long range capabilities, unless you’re using the short-ranged howitzer.

Attacking

Peak over ridges and use the Panzer IV's gun depression to hit unaware enemies.
Peak over ridges and use the Panzer IV's gun depression to hit unaware enemies.

When using the 7.5cm L/48, try to find a hillside where you can utilize the Ausf. H’s good frontal gun depression. Peek over ridges to pop a few shots on enemies downhill. Travel with teammates, and look for opportunities to flank opponents or provide cover fire for nearby allies. 

Researching

Try to research the 7.5 cm L/48 first so that you can have a better gun early on. Move on to track research afterward. For equipment, consider getting the Camo Net to help protect yourself from being spotted, in order to make up for your lack of armor. Get the Gun Rammer and Gun Laying Drive as well to improve your loading and aim times so that you can dish out damage more frequently.

Pros

  • Good accuracy
  • Decent damage & mobility
  • Good gun depression
  • Better range than other Panzer IV’s

Cons

  • Weak armor, especially on turret
  • Slower rate of fire
  • Low penetration

Final Thoughts

The Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. H is a very versatile medium tank that can perform well in a number of situations. If you are able to take advantage of hillside slopes and flank opponents, then you’ll find that this tank is a fairly satisfying tank to play. Fans of the M4 Sherman should consider using this tank as their go-to German alternative.

For additional World of Tanks tips, check out our advice for using the T1 Cunningham, as well as our Tip of the Week series. 

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Larryn Bell

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