Panzerkampfwagen II – Sd.Kfz. 121, With technical data on Ausf. A


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The Panzerkampfwagen II was an improvement of the Panzerkampfwagen I. It carried, next to a machine gun, a 20mm automatic weapon capable of firing a high explosive round and an armour piercing round.

It had a short design period; it had to be a tank in the 10 ton class and was developed from July 1934 to October 1935. Because they still had to work out problems of the teething, they ordered 25 instead of the usual 2 or 3 prototypes.

In the testing period they changed the rear idler, tried out a fire proof engine compartment and made adjustments for the fuel and oils pumps. A bigger radiator helped with better cooling and they replaced springs for the suspension.

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Panzer II Backside in Arromanche - With Phil Wood

Panzer II Backside in Arromanches – With Phil Wood

Panzer II - side by Phil Wood in Arromanche

Panzer II – taken by Phil Wood in Arromanches

PzKpfw. II Ausf. C

On the battlefield

The first panzerkampfwagen II came into service in 1936. They carried out a role of tank vs. tank combat and kept this status throughout the Polish campaign. From hereafter they had a reconnaissance and exploitation role. In the Russian campaign their job was reconnaissance for the major panzer regiments.

The panzerkampfwagen II was phased out of service in late 1943, but remained in service on many secondary front units until the end of the war.

Panzerkampfwagen II ausf A Turret – Sd Kfz 121 in Munster Germany
Panzerkampfwagen II  ausf A Turret – Sd Kfz 121
Panzer II inside

Panzer II inside

Panzer II inside commander seat

Panzer II inside commander seat

Panzer II - Driver seat

Panzer II – Driver seat

Panzer II inside seat and gun

Panzer II inside seat and gun

Panzerkampfwagen II variants

Sd.Kfz 142 - Wespe Tank Museum Saumur Front side

Sd.Kfz 142 – Wespe Tank Museum Saumur Front side

The German army did the same as with the panzerkampfwagen I. They created all kind of helpful variants.
The use of the 15cm sIG infantry gun returned, they used it on the panzerkampfwagen II for a mobile artillery device.
While invading Russia, the Wehrmacht captured lots of 7,62cm Russian anti tank guns. Together with 7,5cm German anti tank guns they created a mobile tank destroyer, the Marder II.
Using the hull in combination with a 10.5cm LeFH18M gun they made the “Wespe” or “Wasp”, a self propelled howitzer gun.
More exotic versions of the panzerkampfwagen II are, the swimmwagen, a version with a boat looking hull around the tank itself, and a bridge laying variant.

Pz.Kfw. II - Wespe Tank Museum Saumur Front

Pz.Kfw. II – Wespe Tank Museum Saumur Front

Wespe Tank Museum Saumur Side

Wespe Tank Museum Saumur Side

Wespe Tank Museum Saumur Detail 2

Wespe Tank Museum Saumur Detail 2

Wespe Tank Museum Saumur 105mm Howitzer

Wespe Tank Museum Saumur 105mm Howitzer

Panzerkampfwagen II on display

Our encounter was again in the Panzermuseum in Munster Germany. Here you can see a turret of the panzerkampfwagen II. We did see a complete version of it in Saumur France and we did encounter a Wespe in Munster and Saumur. The photos taken in Arromaches are from the 70th D-DAY anniversary where the Panzer II was on display, provided by the tank musuem in Saumur.

Pz.Kfw. II -Wespe Tank Museum Munster Front

Pz.Kfw. II -Wespe Tank Museum Munster Front

Wespe Tank Museum Munster Inside

Wespe Tank Museum Munster Inside

Wespe Tank Museum Munster Side

Wespe Tank Museum Munster Side

Wespe Tank Museum Munster Howitzer

Wespe Tank Museum Munster Howitzer

Technical Data

Name:                         Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf c, A, B und C (Sd. Kfz. 12)
Other designation:  3, 4, 5, 6, und 7 Serie LaS 100
Type:                           Ligth Tank

Manufacturer: MAN, Daimler-Benz, Henschel, Wegman, Alkett, MIAG, FAMO
Chassis numbers:      21101-27000
Number produced:   1113
Production:                March 1937 to april 1940

Crew:                           3
Weight (tonnes):      8,9
Length (metres):      4,84
Width (metres):       2,22
Height  (metres):     1,99

Engine:                      Maybach HL62TR
Gearbox:                    6 forward, 1 reverse
Speed (km/h):          40
Range (km):              200
Radio:                         FuG5

Armament:                one 2cm KwK30 L/55 and one 7.92mm MG34

Traverse:                    360° (by hand)
Elevation:                  -9½° to +20°
Sights:                        TFZ4 Ausf C – TFZ4/36 Ausf A&B – TFZ4/38 Ausf C

Ammunition:            180 PZGR & Spgr and  2250 Smk

Armour  (mm/angle)
Turret front:                 14,5/22°
Superstructure front: 14,5/9°
Hull front:                    14,5/round – 90° – 6° (front – side – back)
Gun mantlet front:     16/round

Panzer II taken in Saumur

Panzer II taken in Saumur with a turret of a Panzer II Ausf. L – Luchs on the floor

Panzer II Type C in Arromanche 2014

Panzer II Type C in Arromanches 2014

Panzer II - Frontal in Arromanche - By Phil Wood

Panzer II – Frontal in Arromanches – By Phil Wood

Panzer II - Fuel Tank - By Phil Wood Arromanche

Panzer II – Fuel Tank – By Phil Wood Arromanches

Panzer II in Arromanche June 2104

Panzer II in Arromanches June 2104

 

The Panzer II in action on the Arromaches beach During DDAY 2014

 

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