I know we all love the super gigundus panzers that drew so much resources and were often unreliable, and unwieldy, in actual sustained combat conditions. So how about the real German workhorse of WWII, the Panzer MkIV? Was this not the one of the most effective combat tanks of all World War Two? and was it not the mainstay of Wehrmacht armored formations?
The Panzer MkIV proved itself to be a very adaptable platform capable of numerous upgrades that kept the tank effective against even its betters, such as the ubiquotous Soviet T-34, and it was certainly more than a match for the Sherman.
Croat armored corp members stand in front of the "long-barreled 75mm gun" version.
But alas, even with "applique armor," and various enhancements, the Panzer was not able to stave off defeat for the Axis Powers:
Some more pretty panzer pics from Aberdeen Proving Grounds I believe: