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Germany's Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf E, 8/Las 138 light tank

Design

Daimler-Benz received contracts in 1938 to equip Germany's four light divisions with PzKpfw IIs.4 250 were delivered from 1938 to 1939.4

The hull was a scaled down version of the hull being used in the PzKpfw III that Daimler-Benz was also producing.4

Intended to be Schnellkampfwagen (fast fighting vehicle).

Suspension

PzKpfw II Ausf E had different type of sprocket and idler wheel. The tracks and the torsion bar suspension were new.3,4

Production

  • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf E; PzKpfw II Ausf E: 431, 2504
    • Production: 1938 -6,7, 1938 - May 1942, May 1938 - August 1939
    • Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz6,7, MAN1
  • Flammpanzer II Flamingo: 904, 955
    • Conversion: 19394

Variants

  • PzKpfw II Ausf E:
  • Bergepanzer: Armored recovery.7

 

Usage

Saw action in Poland, France, and Belgium.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf E
Crew Commander (gunner), radio operator, driver
31,2,6,8
Radio FuG51
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 10 tons1,2,6,8
Length 15' 2.7"6, 15.48'2, 15' 5"8
4.64 m6, 4.65 m1
Height 6.75'2, 6' 7.5"6, 6' 9"8
2.02 m6, 2.06 m1
Width 7' 5"8, 7.48'2, 7' 6.5"6
2.3 m1,6
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.29 m
Ground contact length 2.2 m
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm KwK 306
20 mm KwK 30 L/551
20 mm2,8
OR 20 mm KwK 386
Secondary  
MG 1: 7.92 mm MG6
1: 7.92 mm MG341
MG2,8
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1806,8, 180 Pzgr & Sprgr1
Secondary  
MG 1,4256,8, 2,2501
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 10 - 302, 14 - 308, 307
Hull Front, Upper 35, 306, 30@9°1
Hull Front, Lower 30@9°1
Hull Sides, Upper 14.56, 14.5@0°1
Hull Sides, Lower 14.5@0°1
Hull Rear 14.5@20°1 & 14.5@0°1
Hull Top 14.56, 10@90-79°1
Hull Bottom 5@90°1
Turret Front 306, 14.5 round1
Mantlet: 16 round1
Turret Sides 14.5@22°1
Turret Rear 14.5@22°1
Turret Top 10@76-90°1
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 62 TRM1
Maybach HL TR8
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 68
Capacity  
Net HP 1406, 140@2,600 rpm8
Power to weight ratio 14 HP/ton8
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh SSG 468
6 forward, 1 reverse8
7 forward, 1 reverse1
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Capacity  
Road consumption 100 liters per 100 km
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand1
Speed - Road 34 mph3,6, 35 mph2,5,8
55 kph1,3,6
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 124 miles6, 125 miles8
200 km1,6
Range - Cross Country 80.7 miles6
130 km6
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -9.5° to +20°1
Fording depth 0.85 m
Trench crossing 1.75 m
Vertical obstacle 42 cm
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Christie7, Torsion Bar3,5
Wheels each side 45,7,8, 8
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 11.8"6
30 cm6
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 6' 3.6"6
1.92 m6

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. Airfix Magazine Guide #8 German Tanks of World War 2, Terry Gande and Peter Chamberlain, 1975
  7. German Tanks and Armoured Vehicles 1914 - 1945, B. T. White, 1966
  8. AFV #15 Panzerkampfwagen I & II, Major-General N. W. Duncan
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