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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 5/LaS 100; Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf B; PzKpfw II Ausf B light tank

Design

Minor modifications.

Commander's observation capabilities were improved.

Driver sat on left and had access hatch in the front glacis plate. He had 3 vision ports in the front. Radio operator had seat on floor at rear of fighting compartment and had a vision port in the rear. The commander's seat was suspended from the turret wall and rotated with turret. Turret roof started with a split hatch then had a cupola with 8 episcopes. Turret was hand traversed. In 1940 20 mm plates were bolted to hull and turret, and 15 mm plates to gun mantlet.

Production

  • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf B: 1935: 1,113, 1,200
    • Production, 1935 - ?, 1937 - 1938, March 1937 - April 1940
    • Manufacturer: MAN, Daimler-Benz, Henschel, Wegmann, Alkett, MIAG, FAMO

Usage

During Russian campaign some had French 37 mm SA 38 installed in place of 20 mm.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf B
Crew Commander (gunner), radio operator, driver
3
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 8.9 tons, 9.5 tons
Length 16'
4.81 m
Height 6' 9"
1.99 m
Width 7.08', 7' 7"
2.22 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 11.3 psi
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm KwK 30 L/55
20 mm
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG34
MG
MG - coaxial 7.92 mm MG
7.92 mm MG34
Side arms Smoke candles
Quantity  
Main 180
Secondary  
MG 1,425
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 10 - 30
Hull Front, Upper 14.5, 14.5@9°
Hull Front, Lower 14.5@9°, 14.5 round
Hull Sides, Upper 14.5@22°, 14.5@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 14.5@0°
Hull Rear 14.5@22°, 14.5@9° & 14.5@6°
Hull Top 10@81-90°
Hull Bottom 14.5@73-63° & 5@90°
Turret Front 14.5 round
Turret Sides 14.5@22°
Turret Rear 14.5@22°
Turret Top 10@88-90°, 10@86-90°
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 62 TR
Maybach HL TR
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 6
Capacity  
Net HP 140, 140@2,600 rpm
Power to weight ratio 14.7 HP/ton
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh
6 forward, 1 reverse
Steering Epicyclic
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity 45 gallons
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand
Speed - Road 25 mph
40 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 100 miles, 125 miles
200 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -9.5° to +20°
Fording depth 2' 10", 3'
Trench crossing 5' 9", 5' 8"
Vertical obstacle 1' 5"
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Quarter elliptic leaf spring
Leaf springs
Wheels each side 5
Return rollers each side 4
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. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  3. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  4. German Tanks of World War II, Dr. S. Hart & Dr. R. Hart, 1998
  5. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979
  6. Panzers At War, Michael and Gladys Green, 2005
  7. Tanks - Over 250 of the World's Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles, Chris Chant, 2004
  8. AFV #15 Panzerkampfwagen I & II, Major-General N. W. Duncan
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