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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. 250 were delivered from 1938 to 1939.

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

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.

Production

  • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf E; PzKpfw II Ausf E: 43, 250
    • Production: 1938 -, 1938 - May 1942, May 1938 - August 1939
    • Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz, MAN
  • Flammpanzer II Flamingo: 90, 95
    • Conversion: 1939

Variants

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

 

Usage

Saw action in Poland, France, and Belgium.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf E
Crew Commander (gunner), radio operator, driver
3
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 10 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' 5", 7.48', 7' 6.5"
2.3 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.29 m
Ground contact length 2.2 m
Ground pressure  
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, 180 Pzgr & Sprgr
Secondary  
MG 1,425, 2,250
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 10 - 30, 14 - 30, 30
Hull Front, Upper 35, 30, 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@20° & 14.5@0°
Hull Top 14.5, 10@90-79°
Hull Bottom 5@90°
Turret Front 30, 14.5 round
Mantlet: 16 round
Turret Sides 14.5@22°
Turret Rear 14.5@22°
Turret Top 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  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Capacity  
Road consumption 100 liters per 100 km
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand
Speed - Road 34 mph, 35 mph
55 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
Trench crossing 1.75 m
Vertical obstacle 42 cm
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Christie, Torsion Bar
Wheels each side 4, 8
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 11.8"
30 cm
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 6' 3.6"
1.92 m

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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