The Panzer II was a German Light Tank used during the begging of the second world war. It entered servise in 1935, aremed with a 20mm gun capable of fireing both high explosive and armour-peircing,it also had a co-axial 7.92mm MG34 Machine gun, and had up to 35mm of armor. The Panzer II wieghed about 10 tons and had a crew of three. The tank was first manufactured in 1936, it underwent a initial development cycle of three versions- Asuf A,B & C, by which time suspension had chanhed from one very simular to the Panzer 1's to five independently sprung, larg road wheels, and fuor smaller top rollers.
Asuf A is disinguished from later models by the pariscope and on the turret top placed centrally behind the gun. With Asuf B and C had only minor variations were mad, which included extra bolt-on armor plates, improvment in vision devicesc, and the addition of a commander cupola ontop of the turret.
The Panzer II series went all the way up to Asuf L, with it's armament remaining the same but with constint chanhes to the turret, chassis, automotive systems, as well as increase of the armor thicknes. The Panzer II saw action in all theaters of the war, and were later modified in a number of ways, one being haveing the turret removed and having it be an artillary and amunition "schlepper", There were also the "flamigo" flamethrower varient which had two flamethrowers mounted on the front corners of the tanks's chassis.
The final model was the Panzer II Asuf L "Luchs". It was designed as an recon tank. It had a crew of 4 and weighed up to 13 tons, about 100 were built and saw action in Russia, and Europe.
- Type:Light tank
- Place of origin:Nazi Germany
- In service:1936–1945
- Number Built:1,856 (excluding conversions)
Specifications (Ausf. A-C)
- weight:8.9 tonnes
- Length:4.81 m (15 ft 9 in)
- width:2.22 m (7 ft 3 in)
- hight:1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
1 × 2 cm KwK 30 Ausf. a–F 1 × 2 cm KwK 38 Ausf. J–L 1 × 7.92 mm Maschinengewehr 34
- Engine:138 hp enigine
- Power/weight:15.7 PS/tonne
- Suspension:Leaf spring
- Range:200 km (120 mi)