Panzer II

The Panzerkampfwagen II, or Panzer II, was a World War II German light tank, which was produced from 1935 to 1943. It was a kind of a stopgap design while better tanks were being developed. However, the Panzer II was the most massively produced tank when the war broke out on September 1, 1939; thus, it was a very important tank from a numerical point of view. Its official designation was the PanzerKampfWagen II, which was shortened to PzKpfw II. It first saw combat action in 1937, in the Spanish Civil War.


Panzer II had been designed in 1934 by MAN, which was a German engineering company. The design was based on the Panzer I, but it was bigger. Production of the tank started in 1935 and took eighteen months for the first combat-ready tanks to be delivered to the German Army. This light tank was powered by a 140 hp, six-cylinder Maybach HL62 TRM engine which run on gasoline, and used a 6-gear ZF transmission plus reverse. It weighed 7.2 tonnes, measured 4.8 m in length, 2.2 m in width, and 2 m in height, and had a crew of three. It was manufactured in different variants from Ausf.A to Ausf.J models.

Panzer II Ausf F had 35mm-thick steel armor on the front, 20mm on the sides, and 14mm on back, and 10mm on top. It was fitted out with a 20mm KwK 30 L/55 gun as a main armament, and a 7.92mm MG34 machine gun. It first saw action during the invasion of Poland and played an important role in the Battle of France.


Type: light tank
Weight: 10 tons
Length: 4.64 m
Width: 2.3 m
Height: 2 m
Maximum speed: 55 km/h
Range: 200 km


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