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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf F light tank

Design

On December 22, 1939, a contract was issued by the Army Weapons Department for 30 vehicles with the thickest possible armament. Krauss-Maffei AG of Munich developed the chassis and Daimler-Benz the superstructure and turret. The first prototype chassis was available on June 17, 1940.

Nearly same as PzKpfw I Ausf C but with 80 mm armor. 18-19 tons, 15 mph (25 kph), range 94 miles. Krauss-Maffei completed 30 from April to December 1942. Had 2 MG34s in the turret.

Used a TzF8 gun sight.2

Production

  • PzKpfw I Ausf F: 301,2
    • Production: 19421,2, April 1942 - December 19421
    • Manufacturer: Krauss-Maffei1,2

Usage

8 were used for combat evaluation in Russia with the 1st Panzer Division.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf F
Crew 21,2
Radio FuG51,2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 21 tons1,2
Length 4.38 m1,2
Height 2.05 m1,2
Width 2.64 m1,2
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 2: 7.92 mm MG341,2
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 25 - 802
Hull Front, Upper 80@10°1
Hull Front, Lower 80@20°1
Hull Sides, Upper 50@0°1
Hull Sides, Lower 50@0°1
Hull Rear 50@10°1 @ 50@14°1
Hull Top 25@90°1
Hull Bottom 25@90°1
Turret Front 80@20°1
Mantlet: 80 round°1
Turret Sides 50@0°1
Turret Rear 50@14°1
Turret Top 25@90°1
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL45P1,2
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water2
Cylinders 62
Capacity  
Net HP 150@3,800 rpm2
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 4 forward, 1 reverse1,2
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand1
Speed - Road 25 kph1,2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 150 km1,2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -10° to +20°1,2
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. AFV Collection No. 1 Panzer I The Beginning of a Dynasty, Lucas Molina Franco, 2005
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site