PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Mk II Ausf a/1, a/2 AND a/3 (Sd.Kfz 121)

PANZERKAMPFWAGEN Mk II Ausf a/1, a/2 AND a/3 (Sd.Kfz 121)
Image: Panzer Mk II Ausf a/1 (Planetarmor)
YearMay 1936 to February 1937
Vehicle TypeLight Tank
Origin & DesignerGermany/MAN & Dailmer-Benz
Numbers Produced75
Crew3 (Commander/Gunner, Loader/Radio Operator & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 20mm L/55 KwK 30 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-9.5 ° to +20°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTZF-4 (2.5x)
Secondary Armament1 x 7.92mm MG34
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried180 x 20mm + 2.250 7.92mm
Combat Weight7.600 kg
Ground Clearance0.29m
Fording Depth0.85m
Trench Crossing1.71m
Obstacle Clearance0.42m
Climbing Ability30°
ArmourHull Front: 13mm
Hull Sides: 13mm
Hull Rear: 13mm
Hull Top: 8mm
Hull Bottom: 5mm
Gun Mantle: 15mm
Turret Front: 13mm
Turret Sides: 13mm
Turret Rear: 13mm
Turret Top: 8mm
EngineMaybach HL 57TR
Transmission6 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range190 km
Maximum Cross Country Range126 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed15 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Panzer Mk. II was designed as a support tank to the lighter machine gun armed Panzer Mk. I. it mounted a 20mm canon and coaxial MG34. The first model ausf A was built in three versions, with each having different modifications added in the process. These three early models were virtually identical and the lessons learned were later incorporated into the Ausf B. by early 1936 enough Mk. IIs were built for them to be able to equip a platoon sized unit in every panzer company.