German Tank and Armored Car Sights

Summary of German panzer and armored car gunsights from TM-E 30-451: Handbook on German Military Forces, War Department, March 1945. [As with all U.S. wartime intelligence, the data may be inaccurate or incomplete. The source text has not been corrected.]


TypeUsed OnGuns and AmmunitionRange
Scales
(meters)
Magni-
fication
(X)
Field
(Degrees)
Overall
length
(less eye
guard)
(inches)
Weight
(pounds)
Exit
Pupil
distance
(mm.)
Entrance
Pupil
diameter
(mm.)
Remarks
Turret Sighting Telescopes
T.Z.F. 2 and 2X.Pz.Kpfw. I. Models A and B.7.92 mm MG 13.8002.52819195.5It is not known with what gun the T.Z.F.2 was used, nor in which vehicle. Monocular.
T.Z.F. 3a.4-wheeled armored car. Sd.Kfz. 222 and semi-tracked A.C. Sd.Kfz. 250/9.2 cm Kw.K. 38.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
1200Little is known about this telescope. Monocular.
T.Z.F. 4.Pz.Kpfw. II Models A to C.2 cm Kw.K. 30.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
12002.52522.520717.5First confirmed Leitz design. Monocular.
T.Z.F. 4/36 and 4/38.Pz.Kpfw. II Model F.2 cm Kw.K. 30.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
1200
800
2.52522.521717.5The range of 800 metres applies to T.Z.F. 4/36 and that of 1200 metres to T.Z.F. 4/38. Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5a.Pz.Kpfw. III Models A to D.3.7 cm Kw.K. (AP and HE).
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
2000
800
2.52532.2524512.5Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5a. (Vorl) 5 cm.Pz.Kpfw. III Model E, etc. (See Remarks).5 cm Kw.K (AP and HE).
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
2000
1500
2.52532.2521.5512.5Monocular. Modified T.Z.F.5a, superseded by T.Z.F.5d.
T.Z.F. 5b.Pz.Kpfw. III with 7.5 cm. Kw.K. Models J to N. Pz.Kpfw. IV Models B to F.7.5 cm Kw.K.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
2000
800
2.423.532.2521.5512.5Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5b/36.Pz.Kpfw. IV. Models B to F.7.5 cm Kw.K.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
2000
800
2.423.532.2523614.4Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5d.Pz.Kpfw. III. Models F and J.5 cm Kw.K. (APC and HE)
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
3000
1500
2.42531.820.135.513.2Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5.Pz.Kpfw. III Models L and M.5 cm Kw.K. 39 AP or APCHE
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
1500
3000
1200
2.42531.820.135.513.2Monocular.
T.Z.F. 5f (Vorl)Pz.Kpfw. IV Models F2 to H.7.5 cm Kw.K. 40 APCBC
     HE
     AP40
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
2500
3300
1500
2.42531.820.135.513.2Monocular. The HE scale serves for the machine gun also.
T.Z.F. 5f. 1.Pz.Kpfw. IV Models G to K.7.5 cm Kw.K. 40 APCBC
     HE
     AP40
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
3000
4000
1500
2.42532265.813.9Monocular. The HE scale serves for the machine gun also.
T.Z.F. 6.8-wheeled armored car and Pz.Sp.Wg. II (Luchs) Sd. Kfz. 123.2 cm Kw.K. 30 and 38, and 7.92 mm M.G. 34.12002.42228.421512Monocular.
T.Z.F. 6/38.2 cm Kw.K. 38 and 7.92 mm M.G. 34.12002.525Little known about this telescope but known dimensions agree with those for the T.Z.F.6. Monocular.
T.Z.F. 9b.Pz.Kpfw. Tiger Model E.8.8 cm Kw.K. 36.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
4000
1200
2.42632.537615Binocular. Adjustable interocular distance.
T.Z.F. 9d.Pz.Kpfw. Tiger Model B.8.8 cm Kw.K. 43 APCBC
     HE
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
3000
5000
Monocular. The HE scale is believed to serve for the machine gun also.
T.Z.F. 12.Pz.Kpfw. Panther Model D.7.5 cm Kw.K. 42 (L/70) APCBC
     HE
     AP 40.
7.92 mm M.G. 34.
3000
4000
2000
2.52945.163.886.215Binocular. Light and dark filters fitted. The HE scale serves for the machine gun also.
T.Z.F. 12a.Pz.Kpfw. Panther Models A and G.As above.3000
4000
2000
2.5
5
19
15
44.5446.2
3.1
Monocular, dual magnification.
Hull Machine Gun Telescopes
K.Z.F. 1.Early models of most tanks.7.92 mm M.G. 34. (gimbal mountings).200
(fixed)
1.8185Cranked, monocular, moving-eyepiece type.
K.Z.F. 2Pz.Kpfw. I, Commander’s.
Pz.Kpfw. II, Flamethrower.
Pz.Kpfw. III, Commander’s and Models F to J.
Pz.Kpfw. IV, Tiger and Panther.
7.92 mm M.G. 34. (gimbal and ball mountings).200
(fixed)
1.751814.1375Cranked, monocular, moving-eyepiece type.

 

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