Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F

The Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F was the last standard version of the Panzer II light tank. It had been intended that the Ausf F would replace the Ausf C on the production lines in the summer of 1940, but the design of the new model was delayed, and production did not begin until March 1941, by which point the Panzer II was already beginning to disappear from the Panzer units.

The Ausf F saw changes made to the front of the hull and of the superstructure. On the hull the rounded front was replaced by a single 35mm plate attached to the flat armour plate originally added to older tanks after the Polish campaign (the newer tanks can be distinguished from modified older models by the lack of a shadow at the front.

Panzer II in Russia
Panzer II Ausf F
The angled right hand corner of the superstructure was replaced by a single panel running across the front of the tank, with a dummy visor on the new right hand section.

By June 1942 it was clear that the light tank was becoming obsolete, and so it was decided to mount the 7.5cm Pak40 gun on 50% of the remaining production, to produce the Marder II self propelled anti-tank gun (also known as the 7.5cm Pak40/2 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II (Sf)). In July the ratio was increased to 100%, but production of the standard Panzer II continued until December 1942, overlapping with production of the Marder II, of which 576 were built from scratch between June 1942 and June 1943.

By the time the Ausf F entered service the Panzer II had been withdrawn as a battle tank, but it was still in use as a reconnaissance vehicle, equipping a platoon at Regiment, Detachment and Company level; it was withdrawn from the companies 1942, and from regiments in 1943.

Panzer II ausf F in US Hands
Panzer II ausf F in US Hands

Number produced

524

Produced

March 1941-December 1942

Hull Length

4.81m/ 15.8ft

Hull Width

2.28m/ 7.48in

Height

2.15m/ 7.05in

Crew

3

Weight

9.5 tons

Engine

Maybach HL62TR

Horsepower

140hp

Max Speed

40 km/hr/ 24.8mph

Max Range

200km/ 124 miles

Armament

One 2cm KwK30 L/55
One 7.92mm MG 34


Armour

Front

Side

Rear

Top/ Bottom

Turret

30mm/ 1.18in

15mm/ 0.6in 

15mm/ 0.6in

10mm/ 0.4in

Superstructure

30mm/ 1.18in

15mm/ 0.6in

15mm/ 0.6in

15mm/ 0.6in

Hull

30mm/ 1.18in 

15mm/ 0.6in

15mm/ 0.6in

5mm/ 0.2in

Gun mantlet

35mm/ 1.38in 

 

 

 

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (23 February 2008), Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf F , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_panzer_II_ausf_F.html

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