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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F, PzKpfw II Ausf F, 7/Las light tank

Design

Had straight flat lower front hull.10

New hull and armor increased. Had dummy driver visor installed on front of hull. A few had the 20 mm KwK 38 installed.

Production

It was to have 45 vehicles per month built, but with labor shortages at the FAMO plant, only 625 were produced by the time production ceased in early 1944.

  • 7/La S 100; Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F; PzKpfw II Ausf F: 2337, 5243,10, 625
    • Production: 19417, 1941 - 194212, 1941 - December 194210, March 1941 - December 19427
    • Manufacturer: FAMO3,10

Usage

Saw combat in North Africa and Russia.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F
Crew 31,2,3,5,6,7,13,15
Radio FuG53
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 22,046 lb5
9.5 tons1,2,3,4,6,7,13,5
9,650 kg1,15, 10,000 kg
Length w/gun 15' 3"5, 15' 5"13, 15' 9"7,15, 15' 9.3"6, 15' 9.4"1
4.64 m5, 4.81 m1,2,3,6,7,15
Length w/o gun 15' 9"7
4.81 m7
Height 6' 6"6, 6.75 m5, 6' 7"7, 6' 9"13, 7' 0.5"15, 7' 0.6"1
1.98 m6, 2.02 m5,7, 2.15 m1,2,3,15
Width 7' 5"13, 7' 5.75"1, 7' 5.8"6, 7' 6"7, 7' 6.5"5, 7' 8"15
2.28 m1,2,3,6,7,15, 2.3 m5
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.35 m2
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 0.78 (kg/cm2)2
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 1: 20 mm1,2,13,15
1: 20 mm KwK 306
1: 20 mm KwK 30 L/553
1: 20 mm KwK 30 or KwK 38 L/557
OR 1: 20 mm KwK 386
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG1,6,15
MG2,13
7.92 mm MG343
MG - coaxial 7.92 mm MG347
MG - hull 7.92 mm MG347
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1802,5,6,7,13
180 Pzgr & Sprgr3
Secondary  
MG 1,4252,5, 2,5506,7,13, 2,7003
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) Front: 357,8,10,11,13
Side: 2011,13, 307,8
20 - 354,5,14, 3512,15
Hull Front, Upper 30-352, 356,13
30@10°3, 30@80°7
Hull Front, Lower 3013, 35@13°3, 35@77°7
Hull Sides, Upper 14.52, 206,13
15@0°3, 20@90°7
Hull Sides, Lower 15@0°3
Hull Rear 14.52,6, 14.5@90°7
15@9°3 & 15@7°3
Hull Top 10-122
15@90°- 10@82°3
Hull Bottom 52
5@90°3
Turret Front 302,6, 30@90°7
30 round3
Mantlet: 30 round3
Turret Sides 14.52, 15@68°7
15@21°3
Turret Rear 14.52, 14.5@68°7
15@21°3
Turret Top 102, 10@0-13°7
10@77-90°3
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 62 TR1,2,3,15
Maybach5
Maybach HL 62 TRM R7
Maybach HL TR13
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 65,7,13,15
Capacity  
Net HP 1405,6,7,15, 140@2,600 rpm13
Power to weight ratio 14.7 HP/ton13
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh SS94813
6 forward, 1 reverse2,3,13
Steering Epicyclic13
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline7,15
Octane  
Capacity 170 liters2
Road consumption 85 liters per 100 km
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand3
Speed - Road 24.86, 24.85 mph1, 24.9 mph15, 25 mph7, 34 mph5, 35 mph13
39.5 kph2, 40 kph1,3,6,7,15, 55 kph5
Speed - Cross Country 12 mph
19 kph
Range - Road 124 miles1,6,7, 124.3 miles15, 125 miles5,13
200 km1,3,5,6,7,15, 190 km2
Range - Cross Country 62 miles6, 81 miles7
100 km6, 125 km2, 130 km7
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -9.5° to +20°3
Fording depth 2' 10"5
0.85 m5, 0.92 m2
Trench crossing 1.75 m5
5' 9"5
Vertical obstacle 1' 5"5
0.42 m5
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Leaf Springs2
Wheels each side 52
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 11.8"6
0.30 m2,6
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 6' 3.6"6
1.92 m6

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