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Pz Kpfw II


The Pz Kpfw II was the workhorse of the German tank corps during the early years of World War II. Being equipped only with a 20 mm automatic cannon, Germany relied on quantity during their early campaigns. With more than 1000 Pz Kpfw IIs employed in both the Poland, France and North Africa, the Pz Kpfw II was fundamental in the early victories.

As the war went on, the Pz Kpfw II became obsolete as a combat tank. In stead, it was used as a command tank, and its chassis was used for other purposes, such as the Marder II tank destroyer and Wespe self-propelled howitzer. Late in the war, a reconnaissance version, Ausf. L, was also made.

Technical Details

  Ausf. C Ausf. F
Crew 3
  • Commander/gunner
  • Driver
  • Loader
Physical Characteristics
Weight 8.9 t 9.5 t
Length 4.81 m
Width 2.22 m 2.28 m
Height 1.99 m 2.15 m
Armour (range) 5-15 mm 5-35 mm
Speed (max) 39.5 km/h
Engine Maybach HL 62 TR
Net h.p. 140
Cylinders 6
Displacement 6200 cc
Primary weapon 2 cm Kw K 30 (1)
Secondary weapon 7,92 mm MG 34 (1)


Camouflaged Ausf. A
Side view of an Ausf. B
Ausf. B, pulling an oil barrel on a trailer
Drawing of an Ausf. C
Ausf. C command vehicle
Ausf. C in Norway
Ausf. D or E
Ausf. D or E retouched photograph
Ausf. F in winter camouflage
Ausf. G
Ausf. H, a trial version armed with a 50 mm tank gun
Ausf. J
Ausf. L reconnaissance tank

Further Reading


  1. JENTZ, Thomas L. Panzer Truppen 1 : The Complete Guide to the Creation & Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force, 1933-1942. Atglen, PA : Schiffer Military History, 1996. 287 p. ISBN 0-88740-915-6.