Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf b

The Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf b was the second major development version of the Panzer II light tank. The main change made in this version was the use of a heavier but more powerful engine. This required the use of stronger mountings for the motor, transmission and drive wheels. The track was also made wider, requiring the use of wider road wheels, return rollers, drive wheels and idlers. 

Although they were officially development vehicles, some if not all of the 25 Panzer II Ausf bs must have seen combat. Only 1,089 later models had been built by the start of the war, but on 1 September 1939 the German army had 1,127 Panzer IIs on its strength, leaving a gap of 38.

Number produced

25

Produced

February-March 1937

Hull Length

4.76m/ 15.6ft

Hull Width

2.14m/ 7.0ft

Height

1.96m/ 6.4ft

Crew

3

Weight

7.9 tons

Engine

Maybach HL62TR

Horsepower

140hp

Max Speed

40 km/hr/ 25 mph

Max Range

200km/ 124 miles

Armament

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


Armour

Front

Side

Rear

Top/ Bottom

Turret

13mm/ 0.5in

13mm/ 0.5in 

13mm/ 0.5in   

10mm/ 0.4in

Superstructure

13mm/ 0.5in

13mm/ 0.5in 

13mm/ 0.5in   

12mm/ 0.4in

Hull

13mm/ 0.5in 

13mm/ 0.5in 

13mm/ 0.5in   

5mm/ 0.2in

Gun mantlet

15mm/ 0.6in

 

 

 

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (21 February 2008), Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf b , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_panzer_II_ausf_b.html

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