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Pz. Kpfw. I

Description

The Pz. Kpfw. I was the first mass-produced German tanks after World War I. Armed with only machine guns, it was inferior to the Allied tanks it came up against, such as the vastly superior Polish 7TP, the French Somua S35 and the British Matilda II. Because it was available in large quantities, it nevertheless played an important part in Germany's early victories in Poland and France.

After the Pz. Kpfw. I had become obsolete, a heavily up-armoured version with 80 mm frontal armour was build, intended to be used against fortifications.

Technical Details

  Ausf. B Ausf. F
Crew
Crew
  • Commander/gunner
  • Driver
Physical Characteristics
Weight 5.4 t 21 t
Length 4.02 m 4.375 m
Width 2.06 m 2.64 m
Height 1.72 m 2.05 m
Armour
Armour (range) 5-15 mm 20-80 mm
Performance
Speed (max) 40 km/h 25 km/h
Armament
Primary weapon 7,92 mm MG 13k (2) 7,92 mm MG 34 (2)

Images

Drawing of an Ausf. A
Pre-war tests of Ausf. As
Side view of an Ausf. A
Early Ausf. B
Ausf. B in Poland
Column of Ausf. Ba
Ausf. C
Top view of an Ausf. C
The heavily-armored Ausf. F

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