Sd.Kfz.250

German Reich (1939-1944) Armored Half-track – 6,628 Built Genesis of the Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.250 In 1939, the Inspectorate for Motorized Troops (AHA/In 6) requested a small armored half track to perform auxiliary missions while accompanying tanks on the offensive. These were to be used chiefly for scouting, as mobile HQs, command, radio vehicles and as forward observer…

Sd.Kfz.231 8-Rad

German Reich (1937-1942) Heavy Armored Car – 1,235 Built A forerunner: The Sd.Kfz.231 (6-rad) The Schwere Panzerspähwagen (heavy reconnaissance armored car) concept was first developed into several road wheeled vehicles tested at the secret Kazan proving grounds, in the USSR, following an agreement between the two countries. The first model developed as a series, following…

Sd.Kfz.222/223

German Reich (1938-1941) Armored Scout Car – 2,380 Built Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 This modernized version of the 221 appeared when the needs of the army evolved and required a better design. First, the hull shape and internal structure was rearranged. There was a step down behind the turret – which was larger and 10 sided…

Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.G

German Reich (1940-1945) Assault Gun – 9,400 Built The most prolific German AFV Production data does not lie. Although quite underrated by Allied intelligence during WW2 and still somewhat underestimated today, the StuG III was, nonetheless, the most produced tracked German AFV during the conflict. Its evolution mirrored that of the more famous Panzer IV….

Panzer V Panther Ausf.D, A, and G

German Reich (1942-1945) Medium Tank – 5,984-6,003 Built Introduction Panther tanks first saw action on the Eastern fronts. They were also used in Italy, France, Belgium and Holland. They took part in the Ardennes offensive, the battle of the Bulge plus the defence of Germany. It had better cross-country mobility than the Tiger tank and…

Panzer III Ausf.F-N

German Reich (1937) Medium Tank – 5,764 Built Panzer III Ausf.F The Panzer III Ausf.F tank was very similar to the Ausf.E and Ausf.G. The previous versions had been used to test different suspension systems and other features. The Panzer III Ausf.E was fitted with torsion bar suspension with six roadwheels on individual swing axles….

Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.B-S

German Reich (1939) Light Tank – 1,414 Built Export first: The THN series CKD had already began studies to replace the LT vz.35 by 1935, which led to several prototypes. In an effort to finance future production and part of the development at affordable costs, export versions, under the factory name “TNH“, were designed, revised…

Panzer II Ausf.A-F and Ausf.L

German Reich (1934) Light Tank – 1,856 Built The main German light tank of WW2 Both the Panzer I and II were considered as stopgaps before the arrival of more advanced models, namely the Panzer III and IV. Despite of this, the Panzer II remained in service throughout the war, being the main light tank…

Panzer I Ausf.F

German Reich (1934) Light Tank – 1,493 Built General conception After Hitler’s victory in the 1933 elections, Germany started rearming and expanding its army. Due to the treaty of Versailles, the German army wasn’t allowed to have any tanks when Hitler came to power. Officially called the Sd.Kfz.101 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug/Special-Purpose Vehicle), the Panzer I became the…

Type 97 Chi-Ha & Chi-Ha Kai

Empire of Japan (1938-1943) Medium Tank – 2,092 Built The most prolific Japanese medium tank The Type 97 Chi-Ha, with nearly 2100 units built (including the improved (Kai) version), was the second most produced tank in Japanese history, after the smaller Ha-Go. It was found everywhere in Asia, soldiering from the cold steppes of northern…

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