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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf J (VK1601) light tank

Design

Similar to PzKpfw II Ausf G but increased armor to 80 mm front, 50 mm sides and rear, and 25 mm on top.

The Ausf J had a storage bin added to the rear of the turret.3

Production

  • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf J: 221
    • Production: 1941 - 19423, April 1942 - December 19421
    • Manufacturer: MAN1

Usage

Seven were issued to the 12th Panzer Division during 1943 and saw action on the Eastern front.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf J
Crew 31,4
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 9.5 tons2,4, 18 tons1
Length 16'4
Height 6' 9"4
Width 7' 8"4
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm KwK 38 L/551
1: 20 mm4
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG421
1: MG4
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1804
Secondary  
MG 2,5504
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 10 - 304, 20 - 352
Hull Front, Upper 354, 801
Hull Front, Lower 304, 801
Hull Sides, Upper 204, 501
Hull Sides, Lower 501
Hull Rear 501
Hull Top 251
Hull Bottom 251
Turret Front 801
Mantlet: 80 round1
Turret Sides 501
Turret Rear 501
Turret Top 251
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 45P1
Maybach HL TR4
Cylinders 64
Net HP 140@2,600 rpm4
Power to weight ratio 14.7 HP/ton4
Transmission (type) Synchromesh SS 9484
5 forward, 1 reverse1
6 forward, 1 reverse4
Steering Epicyclic4
Fuel (type)  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand1
Speed - Road 25 mph4
31 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 125 miles4
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
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. German Tanks and Armoured Vehicles 1914 - 1945, B. T. White, 1966
  4. AFV #15 Panzerkampfwagen I & II, Major-General N. W. Duncan
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