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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.

Production

  • PzKpfw I Ausf F: 30
    • Production: 1942, April 1942 - December 1942
    • Manufacturer: Krauss-Maffei

Usage

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

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf F
Crew 2
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 21 tons
Length 4.38 m
Height 2.05 m
Width 2.64 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 2: 7.92 mm MG34
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 25 - 80
Hull Front, Upper 80@10°
Hull Front, Lower 80@20°
Hull Sides, Upper 50@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 50@0°
Hull Rear 50@10° @ 50@14°
Hull Top 25@90°
Hull Bottom 25@90°
Turret Front 80@20°
Mantlet: 80 round°
Turret Sides 50@0°
Turret Rear 50@14°
Turret Top 25@90°
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL45P
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water
Cylinders 6
Capacity  
Net HP 150@3,800 rpm
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 4 forward, 1 reverse
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand
Speed - Road 25 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 150 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -10° to +20°
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