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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf D light tank

Design

In December 1939 a requirement was issued for a heavily armored vehicle to be used in close support of infantry.1,2

Prototype

The prototype was completed in June 1940.1,2

Production

An order for 30 was placed.1

  • Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf D: 121

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf D
Crew 22
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 17.7 tons1, 18.5 tons2
Length 14' 4"2
Height 6' 9"2
Width 8' 7"2
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 2: MG1,2
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 20 - 822, 801
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 451,2
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 62
Capacity  
Net HP 1501, 150@3,000 rpm2
Power to weight ratio 7 HP/ton2
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse2
Steering Clutch and brake2
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 15 mph1,2
25 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 60 miles2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side 52
Return rollers each side 02
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. German Tanks of World War II, Dr. S. Hart & Dr. R. Hart, 1998
  2. AFV #15 Panzerkampfwagen I & II, Major-General N. W. Duncan
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