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Panzer II

Although designed as a stopgap, Panzer II still played an important role in the early stages of World War II, especially during the ‘Blitzkrieg’.

When they first appeared, in 1936, Panzer IIs were regarded as platoon commander’s tanks. They were also employed to give fire support to the Panzer I in combat with enemy tanks. However by 1940 they had been outclassed and were soon relegated to the reconnaissance role. The Panzer II remained in front line service until 1943 but was then employed on internal security duties in less active locations.

The Museum’s Panzer II

The Tank Museum’s Panzer II is an Ausfuhrung (or Model) F and featured improved armour. It was introduced in 1941 and served with Reconnaissance Platoon (RO6), Panzer Regment 7, 10 Panzer Division in Tunisia. Although captured by British forces in North Africa, it is shown in the markings of 1st Panzer Division at the time of the invasion of France in June 1940.

Tank facts

Full Name
Sd Kfz 121 Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F
Country of use
Germany
Produced by
Germany
Era
WW2
Number produced
1113
Main Weapon
20 mm gun
Secondary Weapon
One 7.92 mm machine-gun
Crew
3
Weight
9 tonnes
Speed
40 kph
Armour
35 mm
Location
The Tank Story

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