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Panzer II

General Characteristics (Ausf A)
Length: 4.8 m
Width:2.2 m
Height:2.0 m
Weight:9.5 tons
Speed:40 km/h (road)
- (off-road)
Range: 200 km
Primary armament:20mm gun
Secondary armament:7.92mm MG34
Power plant:140hp
Crew: 3 (Commander, Driver and Gunner)

The Panzer II is a German tank used in World War II.

Production History The first prototype was designed by MAN and Daimler-Benz 1934. Production started in July 1935.

Variants

  • Panzer II Ausf a,b,c - Prototype versions
  • Panzer II Ausf A - First production model in 1938
  • Panzer II Ausf B
  • Panzer II Ausf C
  • Panzer II Ausf D,E - Variants with improved speed.
  • Panzer II Ausf F - Light recon variant.
  • Panzer II Ausf J - Light recon variant.
  • Panzer II Ausf L Luchs - Variant produced between 1943 and 1944.
  • Marder II - Anti-tank vehicle based on Panzer II.

Combat History The Panzer II was the main tank of the German Panzer divisions until it was replaced by the Panzer III and IV. Afterwards it was mainly used as a recon tank. The Panzer II was tested in the Spanish Civil War and used in the German campaigns in Poland, France, Denmark, Norway, North Africa and Russia.



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