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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Flammwagen PzKpfw B-2 (f), PzKpfw B1 Bis(f) Flamm

Design

Captured French B1-bis tanks had their 75 mm gun replaced by a flamethrower.2

The fuel was carried in a 30 mm armored tank on the rear.2

Production

  • Flammwagen PzKpfw B-2(f) converted: 242, 601
    • Conversion: November 1941- June 19421, 19432

Usage

One platoon was given to the 213th schwere Panzerabteilung for occupation duties on Jersey and Guernsey. The 223rd Panzerkompanie took 12 to the Crimea in the summer of 1942. The 7th SS Prinz Eugen also used some in the Balkans.

Specifications

  Flammwagen PzKpfw B-2 (f)
Crew 41,2
Radio FuG51
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 34 tons1,2
Length 6.86 m1
Height 2.88 m1
Width 2.52 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 47 mm KwK35 (f) L/341
Secondary Flammenwerfer1
MG 7.5 mm MG(f)1
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 501
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 60@20°1
Hull Front, Lower 60@45°1
Hull Sides, Upper 60@0°1
Hull Sides, Lower 60@0°1
Hull Rear 30@20°1 & 30@43°1
Hull Top 25@80°1 & 20@90°1
Hull Bottom 20@90°1
Turret Front 56@0°1
Mantlet: 56 round1
Turret Sides 46@22.5°1
Turret Rear 46@22.5°1
Turret Top 30@72.5°1 & 30@90°1
Engine (Make / Model) Renault1
Cylinders 61
Net HP 300@1,900 rpm1
Transmission  
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 47: 360°, electric1
Flamm: 10° left, 10° right1
Speed - Road 28 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 150 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits 47: -18° to +18°1
Flamm: -2° to +10°1
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site