German Tanks

Early German tanks were no different from any of the other major nations. Panzer tanks were initially equipped with the machine gun armed Panzer Mk. I and these were supported by slightly bigger Panzer Mk. II mounting a 20mm canon. By 1939 they had a couple of medium tanks which mounted 37mm (Panzer Mk. III) and 75mm low velocity guns (Panzer Mk. IV). The German army also included Czech designs which were taken over after the annexation of Czechoslovakia. The chassis of all these German tanks were used to create self-propelled guns and support vehicles.

By 1942 larger vehicles were being developed and in 1943 the Tiger I tank and Panther tank were beginning to take their toll of allied tanks. The last main battle tank to see production was the Tiger II and this first saw action in mid-1944 and took part in the final battles of the war.

The Germans also produced a large array of self-propelled guns, many of these were built on the chassis of obsolete tanks ranging from German models to captured vehicles.

German Tanks FAQs

What was the best German tank in WW2? The Panther was the best German main battle tank of the war, I think the Germans only started making these large heavily armed tanks to deal with the Russian tanks, their T-34s caused a real panic among their troops, after all the Panther was based on the T-34, but before they could get the Panther in production, they came up with the Tiger I which was just a heavily armoured pillbox on tracks armed with the best tank killer the Germans had in the 88mm gun. As a tank it was slow and they only made around 1350.

How many tanks did the Germany have in WW2? Total production of German AFVs from 1939 to 1945 was 89,254 and that was for all fighting vehicles including tanks, assault guns, tank destroyers, self-propelled artillery, self-propelled anti-aircraft guns and armored cars.

Were German tanks better than American tanks in WW2? The German heavy were tanks were better then the American tanks, but most of the German tanks were not Panther and Tiger Is or IIs but medium tanks like the panzer Mk IV, which were on par with the American & British tanks. One the Americans started to produce the Pershing tank, then things started to swing the Americans way, but the Pershing only got into use during the last few months of the war and only in small numbers.

What was the biggest German tank in WW2? The biggest German tank was the Maus, but it never got past the completion stage, but one that did was the Jagdtiger.

Was the Panther tank better than the Tiger? The Panther was a complete main battle tank, the Tiger was too slow and later in the war when we started to produce better anti-tank guns, the tiger became just as vulnerable, but it was the German use of tanks which gave them their victories.