With the success of the more familiar Bergepanther, the German military authorities ordered that beginning in January, 1944, all PzKpfw III returned for overhaul would be converted to recovery vehicles. This would add needed recovery abilities to German maintenance units that were always demanding more vehicles capable of this work. From January 1944 to March 1945, approximately 167 panzer III Ausf. J, L, M and N would be converted. Converted panzers are designated as Bergepanzer III (Sd. Kfz. 143).

Technical data:
- dimensions - 137 х 60 mm
- number of details - 34