The panzer force for the early German victories was a mix of the Panzer I ( machine-gun only), Panzer II (20 mm gun) light tanks and two models of Czech tanks (the Panzer 38 (t)) and the Panzer 35 (t) ). By May 1940 there were 349 Panzer III tanks available for the attacks on France and the Low Countries .
- Development and uses
- Overview per tank
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Heinz Guderian in the Battle of France with the 'Enigma' machine
The German tank force was an amazing success due to tactical innovation more than tank quality. Many of their tanks outclassed allied armor, delivered more casualties than they took in most engagements due to the impressive training the German soldiers received, and the excellent tactics used by the German forces.
(Only tanks that were built in significant numbers are listed.)
Main article: Panzer I
German armoured fighting vehicles of World War II
Military technology during World War II
Glossary of German World War II military terms
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Early German tanks were no different from any of the other major nations. Panzer tanks were initially equipped with the machine gun armed Panzer Mk. I and these were supported by slightly bigger Panzer Mk. II mounting a 20mm canon. By 1939 they had a couple of medium tanks which mounted 37mm (Panzer Mk. III) and 75mm low velocity guns (Panzer Mk.
- Heavy Tanks
- Panzerkampfwagen III
- Panzerkampfwagen IV
- Panzerkampfwagen V
- Panzerkampfwagen II
- Other Light Tanks
- Assault Guns
- Tank Destroyers
- Artillery Spgs
excluding czech-built tanks, on 1 september 1939 the invasion of poland was undertaken with the german armoured force of 3,195 tanks evenly split between the pz i training tank and the pz ii light tank; of the main battle tanks, only 98 pz iiis were in service during the invasion of poland, along with 211 pz ivs, with 215 tanks of various models …
From the snowy steppes of Russia to the soaky jungles of New Guinea, from the sands of Egypt to the grassy plains of Western Europe, the tanks were wherever soldiers were to be seen. They fought in most battles of the Second World War, some of these have become legendary like Kursk, one of the largest armoured clashes in the history of mankind.
The Panzer II is the common name used for a family of German tanks used in World War II. The official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen II (abbreviated PzKpfw II). Although the vehicle had originally been designed as a stopgap while larger, more advanced tanks were developed, it nonetheless went on to play an important role in the early ...