Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf.H & Ausf.M (VK9.03)

German Reich (1940-1942) Light/Reconnaissance Tank – At Least 1 Prototype Hull Completed At the start of the Second World War, the Panzer I and Panzer II light tanks far outnumbered any of the other tanks in the German inventory. Lightly armed and armored, these fragile machines were already nearing obsolescence by the time Poland was…

Panzerspähwagen II Ausführung Škoda

German Reich/Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (1940) Light Tank – 5 Prototypes Built On 15 September 1939, the German Heereswaffenamt (Army Weapons Office – HwaA) issued new specifications for a fast, more heavily armored scout reconnaissance tank with 30 mm front armor, a 2 cm or 3.7 cm main gun and a top speed of…

Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf.G (VK9.01)

German Reich (1938-1943) Light Tank – 45 Built In the summer of 1938, the German Army (Heer) authorised the development of a new model of the Panzer II light tank in an effort to create a more mobile armored fighting vehicle that could supplant its technologically inferior predecessors in the Panzer Divisions. Known initially as…

Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf.J (VK16.01)

German Reich (1942) Heavy Reconnaissance Tank – 22 Built The Panzer II bore many variants over its service life, from the Ausf.A, to the subject of this article, the J. The Panzerkampfwagen II Ausführung J. was a heavy reconnaissance tank, and compared to its bretheren, was far better protected. Being a ‘Heavy Reconnaissance Tank’, the…

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…