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 .
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.
- Development and uses
- Overview per tank
- See also
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
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- Tiger II Heavy Tank - Germany. Only ever produced in small numbers (some 489 tanks), the Tiger II heavy tanks have entered the popular imagination as the juggernaut of the German army.
- M26 Pershing Heavy Tank - United States. The comparatively little-known M26 Pershing heavy tank was produced towards the end of the war. After the Germans started fielding their Tiger I & II heavy tanks, the Western Allies were lacking a tank capable of meeting them in the field.
- Tiger I Heavy Tank - Germany. While the Tiger I was potentially the baddest and meanest tank of its time, it was also an example of over-engineering. It was difficult to produce and transport and could easily get stuck in the mud.
- Churchill Heavy Infantry Tank - Great Britain. The Churchill was a heavy infantry tank of the British army and around 5,640 were produced from 1941-1945.
BT-5 (Bystrochodnij Tankov) Light Fast Tank 9 1934 BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov) Light Fast Tank 10 1940 Carro Armato L6/40 Light Tank Tracked Combat Vehicle 11 1940 Carro Armato M13/40 Medium Tank Tracked Combat Vehicle 12 1941 Carro Armato M14/41 Medium Tank 13 1943 Carro Armato M15/42 Medium Tank 14 1940
When World War 2 started the German army had nearly 1500 Panzer I tanks. They participated in the Blitzkrieg invasion of Poland in 1939, although it was known that they are not suitable for front line fighting because of their lack of firepower and very thin armor. In the Blitzkrieg invasion of France in 1940 only 500 of them participated.