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Germany's Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf D; PzKpfw II Ausf D light tank

Design

Daimler-Benz received contracts in 1938 to equip Germany's four light divisions with PzKpfw IIs.

The hull was a scaled down version of the hull being used in the PzKpfw III that Daimler-Benz was also producing.

In 1939, the German Army converted 90 (95) of them to Flammpanzer II Flamingo flamethrower tanks.

Four road wheels mounted on torsion bars on each side.

Suspension

The tracks and the torsion bar suspension were new.

Production

  • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf D: 43, 250
    • Production: 1938 - ?, 1938 - 1939, 1938 - May 1942, May 1938 - August 1939
    • Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz, MAN

Variants

  • PzKpfw II Ausf D:
  • Bergepanzer: Armored recovery.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf D
Crew Commander (gunner), radio operator, driver
3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 10 tons, 11 tons
Length 15' 2.7", 15.48', 15' 5"
4.64 m, 4.65 m
Height 6.75', 6' 7.5", 6' 9"
2.02 m, 2.06 m
Width 7.48', 7' 5", 7' 6.5"
2.3 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.29 m, 0.34 m
Ground contact length 2.2 m
Ground pressure 0.8 (kg/cm2)
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm KwK 30
20 mm KwK 30 L/55
20 mm
OR 20 mm KwK 38
Secondary  
MG 1: 7.92 mm MG
1: 7.92 mm MG34
MG
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 180 Pzgr & Sprgr
180
Secondary  
MG 1,425, 2,250
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 10 - 30, 14 - 30, 30
Hull Front, Upper 30
35, 30@9°
Hull Front, Lower 30@9°
Hull Sides, Upper 14.5
14.5@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 14.5@0°
Hull Rear 14.5
14.5@20° & 14.5@0°
Hull Top 10-12
10@90-79°
Hull Bottom 5
5@90°
Turret Front 15, 30
14.5 round
Mantlet: 16 round
Turret Sides 14.5
14.5@22°
Turret Rear 14.5
14.5@22°
Turret Top 10
10@76-90°
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 62 TRM
Maybach HL TR
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 6
Capacity  
Net HP 140, 140@2,600 rpm
Power to weight ratio 14 HP/ton
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh SSG 46
6 forward, 1 reverse
7 forward, 1 reverse
Steering Clutch and brake
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Capacity 200 liters
Road consumption 100 liters per 100 km
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand
Speed - Road 34 mph, 35 mph
55 kph, 56 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 124 miles, 125 miles
200 km
Range - Cross Country 80.7 miles
130 km
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -9.5° to +20°
Fording depth 0.85 m
0.9 m
Trench crossing 1.75 m
Vertical obstacle 42 cm
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Christie, Torsion Bar
Wheels each side 4, 8, 4x2
Return rollers each side 0
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Track width 11.8"
0.30 m
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 75.6"
1.92 m

Sources:

  1. Panzer Truppen The Complete Guide to the Creation and Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force 1933-1942, Thomas L. Jentz, 1996
  2. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  3. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  4. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  5. German Tanks of World War II, Dr. S. Hart & Dr. R. Hart, 1998
  6. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979
  7. Panzers At War, Michael and Gladys Green, 2005
  8. Tanks - Over 250 of the World's Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles, Chris Chant, 2004
  9. Airfix Magazine Guide #8 German Tanks of World War 2, Terry Gande and Peter Chamberlain, 1975
  10. German Tanks and Armoured Vehicles 1914 - 1945, B. T. White, 1966
  11. AFV #15 Panzerkampfwagen I & II, Major-General N. W. Duncan
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