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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.

Production

  • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf J: 22
    • Production: 1941 - 1942, April 1942 - December 1942
    • Manufacturer: MAN

Usage

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

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf J
Crew 3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 9.5 tons, 18 tons
Length 16'
Height 6' 9"
Width 7' 8"
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm KwK 38 L/55
1: 20 mm
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG42
1: MG
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 180
Secondary  
MG 2,550
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 10 - 30, 20 - 35
Hull Front, Upper 35, 80
Hull Front, Lower 30, 80
Hull Sides, Upper 20, 50
Hull Sides, Lower 50
Hull Rear 50
Hull Top 25
Hull Bottom 25
Turret Front 80
Mantlet: 80 round
Turret Sides 50
Turret Rear 50
Turret Top 25
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 45P
Maybach HL TR
Cylinders 6
Net HP 140@2,600 rpm
Power to weight ratio 14.7 HP/ton
Transmission (type) Synchromesh SS 948
5 forward, 1 reverse
6 forward, 1 reverse
Steering Epicyclic
Fuel (type)  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand
Speed - Road 25 mph
31 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 125 miles
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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