Dragon Armour 60452 – 1/72 Panzer III Ausf.N w/Schurzen – 2.Pz.Div. – Kursk 1943
Pz.Kpfw.III did well to serve so long in WWII.
It was obviously supplanted by the Panzer IV and later the Panther in the tank-versus-tank role, but it did find a niche in the infantry support role.
This is most clearly expressed in the final Pz.Kpfw.III variant to enter service – the Ausf.N, of which 700 were manufactured or converted.
The Panzer III N entered service in June 1942 and production continued until August 1943.
Key characteristics of the Ausf.N were its basis on the Ausf.J or M chassis, and the fitting of a short-barreled 7.5cm KwK37 L/24 gun.
The Panzer III N was used in the close-support role in Tiger battalions or Panzergrenadier divisions.