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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Panzerkampfwagen II neuer Art Ausf M light tank

Design

The AHA/AgK (Inspectorate Department 6) in 1941 asked for a 10 ton vehicle that was faster and had thicker armor. A chassis was delivered on September 1, 1941.

Had a Maybach HL 66 P engine installed. It could reach a speed of 65 kph. Frontal armor was 30 mm, side and rear was 20 mm, roof 10 mm, and floor 5 mm. It had a 20 mm Type 38 and MG 34 installed in the turret. It was to start production in mid-1942, but it was obsolete by then and was abandoned.

Production

  • Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf M: 41
    • Production: August 19421
    • Manufacturer: MAN1

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf M
Crew 31
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 10.5 tons1
Length  
Height  
Width  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm KwK 38 L/551
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG341
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 301
Hull Front, Lower 301
Hull Sides, Upper 201
Hull Sides, Lower 201
Hull Rear 201
Hull Top 101
Hull Bottom 51
Turret Front 301
Mantlet: 30 round1
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 66P1
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Transmission 4 forward1 , 1 reverse1
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 360°1
Speed - Road 65 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
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
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site