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Germany's la/LaS 100, 2/LaS 100, 3/LaS 100,
Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf a1, Ausf a2, Ausf b, Ausf c light tank:

Design

Drive Train

There was a sliding pinion gearbox that sent the power to a cross shaft that went to a drive sprocket.7

Suspension

Suspension was same as PzKpfw I, with the wheels linked by a girder on a leaf spring and the front wheel on a coil spring.5

Production

  • la/LaS 100, Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf a: 752
    • Production: May 1936 - February 19372
    • Manufacturer: MAN2, Daimler-Benz2
    • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf a1: 114, 257
      • Manufacturer: MAN4
      • Production: 19354,7
    • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf a2: 254,7
      • Manufacturer: MAN4
      • Production: 19354
    • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf a3: 504,7
      • Manufacturer: MAN4
      • Production: 19364,7
  • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf b: 252, 1004,7
    • Manufacturer: MAN2, Daimler-Benz2
    • Production: 19367, 1936 - 19374, February - March 19372
  • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf c: 1,1132
    • Production: 19377, March 1937 - April 19402
    • Manufacturer: MAN2, Daimler-Benz2, Henschel2, Wegmann2, Alkett2, MIAG2, FAMO2

Variants

  • la/LaS 100; 1/La S 100; Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf a1: It's nose plate was very rounded.4
  • 2/La S 100; Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf a2: Had minor modifications to the engine compartment and cooling systems.4,7
  • 3/La S 100; Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf a3: Had modifications to the cooling and suspension.4,7
  • 2/LaS 100; Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf b: Had angular (not rounded) nose.4 Suspension was same as PzKpfw I, with the wheels linked by a girder on a leaf spring and the front wheel on a coil spring.5 Had new wider tracks and reduction gears.7
  • 3/LaS 100;Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf c: Had new suspension with five large road wheels that were hung from quarter elliptic springs.4,7 The five road wheels were independently sprung on leaf springs.5 Improvements to turret.7 Front plate went straight across front.7

Specifications

  1/LaS 100;
PzKpfw II a1
Crew 37
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 7.2 tons7, 7.5 tons4
Length 15' 10"7
Height 6' 8"7
Width 7' 1"7
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm KwK 307
20 mm KwK 30 L/554
Secondary  
MG  
MG - coaxial 7.92 MG7
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1807
Secondary  
MG 1,4257
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 14.54,7
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 574,7
Cooling  
Cylinders 64,7
Capacity  
Net HP 1304, 130@2,100 rpm7
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 6 forward, 1 reverse7
Steering Clutch and brake7
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline7
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 25 mph7
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 110 miles7
Range - Cross Country  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Leaf Springs7
Wheels each side 64,7
Return rollers each side 37
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  
  2/LaS 100;
PzKpfw II a2
Crew 37
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 7.2 tons7
Length 15' 10"7
Height 6' 8"7
Width 7' 1"7
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm KwK 307
Secondary  
MG  
MG - coaxial 7.92 MG7
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1807
Secondary  
MG 1,4257
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 14.57
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 57 TR7
Cooling  
Cylinders 67
Capacity  
Net HP 130@3,000 rpm7
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 6 forward, 1 reverse7
Steering Clutch and brake7
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 25 mph7
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 110 miles7
Range - Cross Country  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side 67
Return rollers each side 37
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  
  3/LaS 100;
PzKpfw II a3
Crew 37
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 7.2 tons7
Length 15' 10"7
Height 6' 8"7
Width 7' 1"7
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm KwK 307
Secondary  
MG  
MG - coaxial 7.92 MG7
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1807
Secondary  
MG 1,4257
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 14.57
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 57 TR7
Cooling  
Cylinders 67
Capacity  
Net HP 130@3,000 rpm7
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 6 forward, 1 reverse7
Steering Clutch and brake7
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 25 mph7
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 110 miles7
Range - Cross Country  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side 67
Return rollers each side 37
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  
  Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf a
Crew 31,2
Radio FuG52
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 7.2 tons3, 7.6 tons1,2
Length 15.8'3
4.38 m1,2
Height

6.75'3
1.95 m1,2

Width 8.6'3
2.14 m1,2
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.3 m1
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 0.62 (kg/cm2)1
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm1,3
20 mm KwK 30 L/552
Secondary  
MG MG1,3
7.92 mm MG342
MG - coaxial  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1801
180 Pzgr & Sprgr2
Secondary  
MG 1,4251, 2,2502
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 14.53
Hull Front, Upper 131, 13@9°2
Hull Front, Lower 13 round2
Hull Sides, Upper 131, 13@0°2
Hull Sides, Lower 13@0°2
Hull Rear 131, 13@9°2 & 13@0°2
Hull Top 51, 8@90°2 & 10@70°2
Hull Bottom 51 , 10@70°2
Turret Front 51
13 round2
Mantlet: 15 round2
Turret Sides 131, 13@22°2
Turret Rear 131, 13@22°2
Turret Top 81, 8@86-90°2
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 57 TR1,2
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 6 forward1,2, 1 reverse1,2
Steering  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity 170 liters1
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand2
Speed - Road 25 mph3,5
40 kph1,2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 190 km1, 200 km2
Range - Cross Country 126 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -9.5° to +20°2
Fording depth 0.92 m1
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Leaf Springs1
Wheels each side 61
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 300 mm1
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  
  Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf b
Crew 31,2,7
Radio FuG52
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 7.9 tons1,2,4,7
Length 15' 10"7
4.76 m1,2
Height

6' 8"7
1.96 m1,2

Width 7' 1"7
2.14 m1,2
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.31 m1
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 0.65 (kg/cm2)1
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm1,7
20 mm KwK 30 L/552
Secondary  
MG MG1,7
7.92 mm MG342
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1801,7
180 Pzgr & Sprgr2
Secondary  
MG 1,4251,7, 2,2502
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 14.57, 307
Hull Front, Upper 14.51, 13@10°2
Hull Front, Lower 13 round2
Hull Sides, Upper 14.51, 13@0°2
Hull Sides, Lower 13@0°2
Hull Rear 14.51, 13@0°2 & 13@7°2
Hull Top 10-121, 12@90°2 & 10@82°2
Hull Bottom 51, 5@90°2
Turret Front 151
13 round2
Mantlet: 15 round2
Turret Sides 14.51, 13@21°2
Turret Rear 14.51, 13@21°2
Turret Top 101, 10@84-90°2
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 57 TR1
Maybach HL 62 TR2,7
Maybach HL 62 TRM4
Cooling  
Cylinders 67
Capacity  
Net HP 1404, 140@2,600 rpm7
Power to weight ratio 17.7 HP/ton7
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh7
6 forward, 1 reverse1,2,7
Steering Epicyclic7
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline7
Octane  
Quantity 170 liters1
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand2
Speed - Road 25 mph5,7
40 kph1,2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 100 miles7
190 km1, 200 km2
Range - Cross Country 126 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -9.5° to +20°2
Fording depth 0.89 m1
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Leaf Springs1
Wheels each side 61
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 300 mm1
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  
  Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf c
Crew 31,2,3,5,7
Radio FuG52
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 8.7 tons5, 8.8 tons3,7, 8.9 tons1,2,4
Length 15' 7"5, 15.8'3, 15' 10"7
4.81 m1,2
Height

6.6'3,5, 6' 8"7
1.99 m1,2

Width 7'5, 7.08'3, 7' 1"7
2.22 m1,2
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.35 m1
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 0.73 (kg/cm2)1
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm1,3,5,7
20 mm KwK 30 L/552
Secondary  
MG MG1,3,7
7.92 mm MG342
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1801,7
Secondary  
MG 1,4251,7
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 10 - 307, 14.5 - 303
Hull Front, Upper 14.51, 14.5@9°2
Hull Front, Lower 14.5 round2
Hull Sides, Upper 14.51, 14.5@0°2
Hull Sides, Lower 14.5@0°2
Hull Rear 14.51, 14.5@9°2 & 14.5@6°2
Hull Top 10-121, 10@81-90°2
Hull Bottom 51, 14.5@73-63°2 & 5@90°2
Turret Front 151
14.5 round2
Turret Sides 14.51, 14.5@22°2
Turret Rear 14.51, 14.5@22°2
Turret Top 101, 10@86-90°2
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 62 TR1,2
Maybach5
Maybach HL TR7
Cooling  
Cylinders 67
Capacity 6.2 liter6
Net HP 1405, 140@2,600 rpm7
Power to weight ratio 15.9 HP/ton7
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh7
6 forward, 1 reverse1,2,7
Steering Epicyclic7
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity 170 liters1
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand2
Speed - Road 25 mph3,5,7
39.5 kph1, 40 kph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 100 miles7
190 km1, 200 km2
Range - Cross Country 126 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -9.5° to +20°2
Fording depth 0.92 m1
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Leaf Springs1
Wheels each side 57, 61
Return rollers each side 47
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 300 mm1
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

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