Stopgap to Victory: Panzer II

The Panzer II is quite surprising although only equipped with a 2 cm auto-cannon it was intended to give the Panzerwaffe a tank with anti-tank capability. Although even in 1940 the 3.7 cm guns turned out to be too weak against various tanks. Fact is the Panzer II was a stopgap solution, until the Panzer III and Panzer IV could enter mass production. There several more surprising facts about the Panzer II in this video, many taken from the German Army Field Regulations (Heeresdruckvorschriften). Additionally, we also look at how many Panzer II were used in the early to mid campaigns, namely Case White – Poland (1939), Case Yellow – France (1940) and Operation Barbarossa – Soviet Union (1941).

Military History Visualized

Development of the Panzer Arm to 1939

Panzers in Spain (1936-1939)

Panzer Tactics – “Blitzkrieg” Years – Platoon

German Panzer Tactics WW2 – Attack

German Tank Production in World War 2

WW2 German Tank Type and Size Comparison 3D

German Army Armoured Fighting Vehicle Uniforms 1934-1945

German Division (World War 2)

Organisation of a Panzer Division

Organisation of a SS Panzer Division

Read about WWII here

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