Image Panzerkampfwagen Panzer II from the 10th Panzer Division during the battle of Sedan,France. May 13, 1940.

Image Panzerkampfwagen Panzer II from the 10th Panzer Division during the battle of Sedan,France. May 13, 1940.

Panzer II. The PzKf II was intended as a stop-gap used because of delays in the development of the Pz III and IV.  At the time of the invasion of Poland it was the most numerous tank in the Wermacht. It was outdated before it entered service, it's armor was wholly inadequate, and it's gun could not penetrate allied armor.  Yet the Pz II was used with great success in the early war, demonstrating the fact that superior tactics were more important than actual vehicle quality.

Panzer II. The PzKf II was intended as a stop-gap used because of delays in the development of the Pz III and IV. At the time of the invasion of Poland it was the most numerous tank in the Wermacht. It was outdated before it entered service, it's armor was wholly inadequate, and it's gun could not penetrate allied armor. Yet the Pz II was used with great success in the early war, demonstrating the fact that superior tactics were more important than actual vehicle quality.

A Panzer II crew removing or replacing the small calibre barrel for cleaning purposes. This is the Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V.40 unit in Raatevaara, Finland. 27th June 1941. (Colourised by Doug)

A Panzer II crew removing or replacing the small calibre barrel for cleaning purposes. This is the Panzer-Abteilung z.b.V.40 unit in Raatevaara, Finland. 27th June 1941. (Colourised by Doug)

Panzer II Ausf.F, El Alamein, June 1942. The F was the last standard version of the Panzer II. Pin by Paolo Marzioli

Panzer II Ausf.F, El Alamein, June 1942. The F was the last standard version of the Panzer II. Pin by Paolo Marzioli

The Panzer II Ausf.G was an attempt to produce a heavily armored scout tank. New tracks and interleaved wheels, new welded hull, helped this model to reach the specifications. The entire project was cancelled due to other priorities in 1942, after twelve had been built in three sub-variants. The Ausf.H was very similar, simplified for mass-production. There were plans to equip them with a special KwK 42 2.8 cm (1.1 in) taper-bore antitank rifle, with a muzzle brake. It was derived from the…

The Panzer II Ausf.G was an attempt to produce a heavily armored scout tank. New tracks and interleaved wheels, new welded hull, helped this model to reach the specifications. The entire project was cancelled due to other priorities in 1942, after twelve had been built in three sub-variants. The Ausf.H was very similar, simplified for mass-production. There were plans to equip them with a special KwK 42 2.8 cm (1.1 in) taper-bore antitank rifle, with a muzzle brake. It was derived from the…

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