Panzer II (PzKpfw II) German tank

Guide and the description of the German light tanks in the France and World leading museums, the photo gallery in details to help historians and the scale models masters.

For propaganda purposes, Soviet military guides at the Kubinka Museum always told visitors about the capture of Europe and especially France by German light and medium tanks in 1940.

Panzerkampfwagen II (PzKpfw II or Sd.Kfz 121) Ausf.F German light tank (Kubinka tank museum / Patriot Park collection).

Panzer II PzKpfw II Ausf. F German tank, Kubinka museum

Panzer II (PzKpfw II) German tank, Kubinka museum Archives 2003

Soviet (Russian) name and description, according to the official museum catalog:
T-IIb, 1938 year of issue, serial production type.
The Panzer II Ausf. F tank was developed in 1938 by the company “Mann” in Germany, serially produced from 1938 to 1940. The tank was in the service of Hitler’s Germany and took part in the battles of World War II on the Eastern Front and other places.

German light tank Panzer II (PzKpfw II) Ausf. F photo gallery

Panzer II repair and restoration in the summer of 2007, Kubinka

Panzer II Ausf. F the tactical and technical characteristics.

  • The Weight – 9,5 tons, the tank crew — 3 people
  • Overall dimensions (the length x width x height in mm.) – 4640 х 2250 х 1975
  • The weaponry: 1 cannon with the 20 mm. caliber and the ammunition – 180 shots
  • Machine gun: 1 with the 7,92 mm. caliber and the ammunition- 1425 shots
  • The armor protection: the front – 30 mm., the turret – 15 mm.
  • The engine power — 140 hp, the Maximum speed — 45 km / h, the highway Cruising — up to 200 km.
  • Depth overcome on the water barrier — 0.8 meters

Panzer II Ausf. F tank design features:
The Base is original, the same for all II light tank series. Overall layout – the power plant is at the back, the power transmission and the drive wheels – at the front; the single turret.
The armament: 20-mm automatic gun coupled with the 7.92-mm machine gun; the telescopic sight. The protection – the housing welded by the rolled armor plates; to protect the viewing devices there are the armored covers.
The Chassis – the Carburetor engine “Maybach” HL-62 with 140 hp, the average specific ground pressure 0.70 kg / cm2, there is the radio station and the tank intercom.

Marder II German tank destroyer based on T-II chassis

SU-75 German light self-propelled gun (Sd Kfz 131) on the base of the T-II, 1940, serial (name and year as soviet classification).
German name – 7.5 cm PaK.40/2 auf Fahrgestell Pz.Kpfw.II (Sf), Sd.Kfz.131 (Marder II)
— the main modification with  75-mm gun  Pak.40/2 L/46 and 7.92-mm machine gun  MG.34 on the chassis the light tank  Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf.A\B\C\D\F.
There are the modifications with the soviet M1936 F-22  gun 76,2 mm for the German ammunition:  7.62-cm-Pak (r) auf Fahrgestell Pz.Kpfw. II (Sf), Sd Kfz132 (Marder II)
Tank destroyer Marder II in Kubinka tank museum, photos:

Marder II German tank destroyer based on T-II chassis Kubinka tank museum

Marder II German tank destroyer based on T-II chassis (Kubinka tank museum 2003 archive)

Tactical technical characteristics of Assault Gun “Marder II”*:

  • Weight – 8.8 tons
  • Crew – 3 people
  • Overall dimensions (length x width x height) – 5920 х 2250 х 2180 mm
  • Weaponry:  gun – 1 piece, caliber 75 mm, ammunition- 33 shots
  • Armor protection, front and side  – 15 mm
  • Engine power — 140 h/p
  • Maximum speed — 45 km / h
  • Cruising on the highway — up to 200 km.
  • Depth overcome the water barrier — 0.8 meters

Marder II design features: Base<- tank Т-IIB, the overall layout – classic. Weapons – gun installed on the machine, providing a horizontal angle pickup 50 degrees, + 10 degrees elevation, and declination -7 degrees. The armor protection – housing welded from rolled armor plates, the armor thickness of the front and side does not exceed 15 mm.
Chassis – Carburetor engine Maybach HL-62 140 h/p, the average ground pressure of 0.65 kg / cm. There is a radio station and tank intercom system start smoke
* According to the museum for 1991, prepared by the soviet military staff. At the moment, the performance characteristics are specified, and a few odds with data from other sources.