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Na'kuhl destroying a German Panzer IV tank

A Panzer IV destroyed by a Na'kuhl soldier

A Panzer IV, short for Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfw IV), was a German-made tank which had been widely used by the German armed forces over the entire course of World War II.

In an alternate timeline, one of these tanks was destroyed by a Na'kuhl soldier in 1944 with a plasma rifle on a firing range in order to show the destructive power of the modulating plasma pulse. The sequence was filmed and shown to a German Wehrmacht Generalmajor, residing at the White House at the time, by Na'kuhl leader Vosk, who claimed that one blast equaled the destructive power of three 88mm shells. (ENT: "Storm Front")

It appeared a bit incongruous that the German military would be willing to sacrifice a seemingly functional fighting vehicle for a weapons test instead of logically using a captured enemy vehicle, as resources came at a premium by 1944, even in the alternate timeline, as stated by the German general in "Storm Front". However, the particular version shown, the Panzer IV Ausf. C, D or F1, was by 1944 obsolete, outgunned by the newer allied tanks – though it still would have been a valuable resource for its spare parts.
Intended to be an intermediate fighting vehicle, starting production in 1936, the Panzer IV proved to be highly adaptable for upgrading, and has remained in production right up until the end of World War II, the only German tank to do so. In the end, discounting the derivatives that were based on its chassis, 8.800 units were produced, more than any other type of German tanks. It has also become the only German tank that saw combat service after the war in the Syrian army during the 1967 Six-Day War, still holding its own.

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