The Red Army, Russian Tanks, German Tanks


German Light Tanks

In 1939, acknowledging the limitations of the first production German Panzer II units, the German army issued a set of requirements for a special Panzer II reconnaissance version. The results appeared on the battlefield in 1943 as the Panzer II Ausf L. This designation was later changed to Luchs (Lynx). The vehicle weighed 11.8 tons and had a crew of four men. German Tanks

read more

Light Tanks Panzer II

In July of 1934, the German army issued a set of requirements for a light tanks weighing about 10 tons. It had hoped to field a larger and more useful medium tank, but serious production problems removed this plan from consideration. The new light tanks was designated Panzer II. German Tanks

read more

Light German Tanks

Sustained high cross-country speeds caused overheating of the Krupp air-cooled engine. A decision was made to lengthen the vehicle's chassis to accommodate a larger, more powerful, water-cooled six-cylinder Maybach engine. Vehicles with the new engine configuration were designated Panzer 1 Ausf B. Subsequent to this change, all German Light tanks were powered by Maybach water-cooled gasoline engines of various types and sizes. German Tanks

read more

Panzer 1 Ausf

In the late 1920s, the German army decided that the optimal choice for their future armored force was a medium tank (15 to 20 tons) with a five-man crew. They felt that smaller light tank (Panzer 1 Ausf) were too limited in the armament they could carry, crew size, and armor protection. Unfortunately, the industrial infrastructure of the country was incapable of producing the requisite number of medium tanks at that time. German Tanks

read more

Soviet Doctrine, Tank Gun

Even as late as the mid-1980s, the rough old veteran of World War II, the infamous T-34/85, was still soldiering on. The largest users were North Korea with 250, followed by Syria with 200, while Cuba. Egypt and Iraq had 100, and Israel had a similar number which had been captured from her Arab neighbours. Besides being manufactured in factories in the USSR: the T-34/85 was also made in Poland from 1953, and in Czechoslovakia from 1951. The Czechs built 3000 tanks, some of which were supplied to Egypt in 1956. It is only appropriate that the famous, war-winning T-34 should have had such a lasting effect on tank warfare.

read more