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    German Army Tanks Throughout History

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/13/2015

    While largely overlooking the tank in World War 1, the Germans have not repeated that mistake since.





    There are a total of (60) German Military Tanks Throughout History in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1982
    BMP-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
    The Soviet Union introduced the concept of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) with the adoption of ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the BMP-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)

    1979
    Leopard 2
    For much of the Cold War, it fell upon NATO and the West to match wits against the latest Soviet com... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Leopard 2

    1966
    BMP-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
    The Soviet military was first major military power to widely adopt the concept of an "armored fighti... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the BMP-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)

    1965
    Leopard 1
    The German war-making capacity was dismantled by the victors following the end of the war in Europe.... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Leopard 1

    1965
    MBT-70 (KPz-70)
    The Cold War in Europe spanned from 1947 into 1991 and the undisputed enemy to the democratic world ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the MBT-70 (KPz-70)

    1958
    Schutzenpanzer SPz 11-2 Kurz
    Hotchkiss of France teamed with the West German Army to develop a new Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Schutzenpanzer SPz 11-2 Kurz

    1952
    M48 Patton
    The M48 Patton appeared in 1952 and was produced in over 11,000 examples during her tenure. She went... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M48 Patton

    1951
    M41 Walker Bulldog
    The M41 was designed and developed as the direct successor to the World War 2-era M24 Chaffee light ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M41 Walker Bulldog

    1951
    M47 (Patton II)
    The M47 was another addition to the long line of main battle tanks stemming from the World War 2-era... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M47 (Patton II)

    1949
    T-54
    The T-54 series of Soviet main battle tank came about in the search for a viable replacement for the... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the T-54

    1945
    Panzerkampfwagen E-100 (Tiger Maus)
    Germany tried its hand at heavy tank development prior to World War 2 in the early 1930s, producing ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Panzerkampfwagen E-100 (Tiger Maus)

    1944
    SdKfz 182 Panzerkampfwagen VIB Tiger II / King Tiger (PzKpfw VIB) / Panzer 6B
    Of all of the operational combat tanks fielded in the World War 2, the German "Tiger II" was the bes... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 182 Panzerkampfwagen VIB Tiger II / King Tiger (PzKpfw VIB) / Panzer 6B

    1943
    Carro Armato M15/42
    The Italian Carro Armato M.15/42 medium tank was nothing more than a further development of the M.14... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Carro Armato M15/42

    1943
    SdKfz 205 Panzerkampfwagen VIII (PzKpfW VIII) / Maus
    The Panzerkampfwagen Pz.Kpf.W. VIII (Sd.Kfz. 205) "Maus" (ironically named the "Mouse") was a "super... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 205 Panzerkampfwagen VIII (PzKpfW VIII) / Maus

    1943
    SdKfz 171 Panzerkampfwagen V Panther (PzKpfW V) / Panzer 5
    Though initially mechanically unreliable at her inception, the Panther medium tank of the German Arm... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 171 Panzerkampfwagen V Panther (PzKpfW V) / Panzer 5

    1943
    T-34/85
    The T-34/85 was essentially categorized as an "up-gunned" version of the successful base T-34 medium... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the T-34/85

    1943
    SdKfz 123 Panzerspahwagen II (Luchs)
    Germany's early collection of tanks in World War 2 (1939-1945) was made up of the Panzer I, Panzer I... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 123 Panzerspahwagen II (Luchs)

    1942
    SdKfz 181 Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I (PzKpfW VI) / Panzer 6)
    The Tiger heavy tank served the German Army during the latter years of World War 2. She proved a mos... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 181 Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I (PzKpfW VI) / Panzer 6)

    1942
    M4 Sherman (Medium Tank, M4)
    The M4 Sherman series of medium tanks proved an invaluable asset to Allied operations North Africa, ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M4 Sherman (Medium Tank, M4)

    1942
    T-70
    In October of 1941 - four months after the German invasion of the Soviet Union through "Operation Ba... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the T-70

    1942
    Krupp Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte (Rat)
    The Landkreuzer P.1000 "Ratte" (translating to "Rat") was a proposed super-heavy tank design of the ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Krupp Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte (Rat)

    1941
    Cruiser Tank Mk VI Crusader (A15)
    The British used the "tank" to good effect during the many late-war offensives of World War 1 (1914-... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Cruiser Tank Mk VI Crusader (A15)

    1941
    Carro Armato M14/41
    The Carro Armato M14/41 served in the medium tank role for the Italian Army (as well as a few nota... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Carro Armato M14/41

    1940
    Carro Armato L6/40
    The Carro Armato L6/40 series was manufactured by the Italian concern of Fiat-Ansaldo from 1939 to 1... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Carro Armato L6/40

    1940
    Carro Armato P40 (Carro Pesante P40)
    The Carro Armato P40 (more formally Carro Pesante P26/40 for "Heavy Tank P40") was one of the more i... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Carro Armato P40 (Carro Pesante P40)

    1940
    Carro Armato M13/40
    The M13/40 was the next logical evolution of the M11/39 medium tank series of 1939 and introduced im... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Carro Armato M13/40

    1940
    KV-2 (Klimenti Voroshilov)
    The KV-2 assault gun tank was developed from the KV-1 series of heavy tanks appearing in 1939-1940 w... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the KV-2 (Klimenti Voroshilov)

    1940
    T-34
    To Red Army authorities, it was becoming painfully clear that the BT series of "fast tanks" was not ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the T-34

    1939
    SdKfz 161 Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfW IV) / Panzer 4
    The Panzer IV (or "Panzerkampfwagen IV" and abbreviated as "Pz.KpfW. IV") formed the backbone of the... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 161 Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfW IV) / Panzer 4

    1939
    SdKfz 141 Panzerkampfwagen III (PzKpfW III) / Panzer 3
    Development of Hitler's Panzers was key to his early overwhelming victories in the East and West. Th... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 141 Panzerkampfwagen III (PzKpfW III) / Panzer 3

    1939
    KV-1 (Klimenti Voroshilov)
    In 1938, the Soviet Union developed a prototype heavy tank of 58 tons designated as the T-100. The ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the KV-1 (Klimenti Voroshilov)

    1939
    LT vz 38 / PzKpfW 38(t) (SdKfz 140)
    This light tank system initially began as a Czechoslovakian creation in the form of the LT vz 38 but... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the LT vz 38 / PzKpfW 38(t) (SdKfz 140)

    1939
    Hotchkiss H39
    The Hotchkiss H39 superseded the H35 series light tanks in French Army service, being produced in mo... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Hotchkiss H39

    1938
    AMC-35 (Automitrailleuse de Combat Renault modele 1935) / Renault ACG-1
    The AMC-35 (or "Automitrailleuse de Combat Renault modele 1935") served the French and Belgian armie... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the AMC-35 (Automitrailleuse de Combat Renault modele 1935) / Renault ACG-1

    1938
    FCM 36 (Char leger Modele 1936 FCM)
    The FCM 36 was one of three primary tank designs adopted by the French Army during the mid-1930s, pr... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the FCM 36 (Char leger Modele 1936 FCM)

    1938
    SdKfz 265 Panzerbefehlswagen
    Recognizing the need to better keep its field commanders informed during combat actions, the German ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 265 Panzerbefehlswagen

    1936
    Renault R35 (Char leger Modele 1935 R)
    The Renault R35 was a French light tank development of the pre-World War 2 period and followed gener... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Renault R35 (Char leger Modele 1935 R)

    1936
    Renault Char B1
    Before the relatively quick collapse of France from the German invasion of 1940, the French Army man... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Renault Char B1

    1936
    SOMUA S35
    In 1934, the French Army issued a new requirement for a cavalry tank in an attempt to modernized its... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SOMUA S35

    1936
    Hotchkiss H35
    Like other powers of the 1930s sensing future regional unrest across Europe, the French enacted a mo... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Hotchkiss H35

    1936
    7TP
    The 7TP series was of a Polish light tank design, based on the British Vickers-Armstrong 6-ton light... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the 7TP

    1936
    SdKfz 121 Panzerkampfwagen II (PzKpfW II) / Panzer 2
    While development of the of the Pz.Kpf.W. I (Panzer I) light tank (Sd.Kfz. 121) was still ongoing, t... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 121 Panzerkampfwagen II (PzKpfW II) / Panzer 2

    1936
    LT vz 35 / PzKpfW 35(t)
    The LT zv 35 was of Czechoslovakian origin and was developed just before open hostilities in Europe ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the LT vz 35 / PzKpfW 35(t)

    1935
    SdKfz 101 Panzerkampfwagen I (PzKpfW I) / Panzer 1
    Few could have known what the inception of the Panzer I into the German Army inventory during the mi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SdKfz 101 Panzerkampfwagen I (PzKpfW I) / Panzer 1

    1935
    T-35
    Despite its formidable appearance by 1930 standards, the T-35 Heavy Tank ultimately proved an ill-fa... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the T-35

    1934
    BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
    In the latter portion of the 1920s, the Soviet Army began looking to modernize their fleet of aging ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)

    1934
    Panzerkampfwagen Neubaufahrzeug (PzKpfW NbFz V / VI)
    By the mid-1930s, Germany - under the power of Adolf Hitler - had undertaken broad reaching reforms ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Panzerkampfwagen Neubaufahrzeug (PzKpfW NbFz V / VI)

    1933
    BT-5 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)
    The BT series of Soviet "Fast Tanks" was born out of a John Walter Christie design in the early 1930... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the BT-5 (Bystrochodnij Tankov)

    1933
    T-37A
    From the period of 1931 to 1941, the Red Army utilized the Carden-Loyd-inspired "tankette" through t... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the T-37A

    1933
    T-28
    In the early 1930s, the Soviets took to designing an indigenous tank - specifically the T-28 Medium ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the T-28

    1931
    Renault Char D1
    The Renault Char D1 served the French Army for a time leading up to World War 2. Her origins and use... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Renault Char D1

    1931
    T-26
    As was the norm after World War 1 in all industrialized nations around the globe, Soviet warplanners... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the T-26

    1918
    Medium Tank Mk A (Whippet)
    The Medium Tank Mk A (also known as the "Whippet") was an armored vehicle specifically designed to e... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Medium Tank Mk A (Whippet)

    1918
    Leichter Kampfwagen I (LK I)
    The Germans were undone by the Allies' use of the heavy tank in the latter years of World War 1 (191... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Leichter Kampfwagen I (LK I)

    1918
    Leichter Kampfwagen II (LK II)
    The Germans in World War 1 (1914-1918) did not find the same level of success with combat tanks that... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Leichter Kampfwagen II (LK II)

    1918
    Sturmpanzerwagen Oberschlesien
    The only true operational German-made combat tank of World War 1 became the ponderous Sturmpanzerwag... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sturmpanzerwagen Oberschlesien

    1918
    K Grosskampfwagen (K-Wagen)
    Long before German engineers lent their talents to the outrageous and very optimistic heavy tank des... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the K Grosskampfwagen (K-Wagen)

    1917
    Tank Mk IV
    It was the British Navy - under Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty - that pushed the "ta... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Tank Mk IV

    1917
    Renault FT-17
    The Renault FT-17 series of light tank was an evolutionary design in the field of combat tanks that ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Renault FT-17

    1917
    Sturmpanzerwagen A7V
    The Sturmpanzerwagen A7V ("Allgemeines Kriegsdepartment, 7. Abteilung, Verkehrswesen") became the fi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sturmpanzerwagen A7V