German WW2 Panzer Tanks (1939-1945)
The German Panzer line was progressively updated throughout World War 2 based largely on changing battlefield requirements - culminating with the famous King Tiger by war's end.The German Panzer line began in the pre-war years with the machine gun-armed Panzer I which was slightly improved with the stopgap, cannon-armed Panzer II. While sufficient in fighting lesser foes, the types were not equipped to combat stouter enemy armor directly, leading to the Panzer III and Panzer IV medium-class tanks - the former to be utilized to counter enemy tanks while the latter was intended as an infantry support vehicle. In time, both saw extended service use as their chassis were reconstituted for other battlefield roles by the Germans.The Panzer IV saw particular upgrading through new main guns and additional armor protection and was the most-produced Panzer model of them all.
The Panzer V medium tank - or 'Panther' - is oft-regarded as Germany's best all-around tank of the war with its potent mix of armor, armament, mobility, and production reach. The Tiger I heavy tank brought an all-new level of lethality against Allied tanker crews and infantry requiring particular attention in any given engagement. The Panzer line then culminated with the introduction of the Tiger II, or "King Tiger". This model was a much-feared monster limited only by production, logistical, and mechanical issues towards the end of the war.
There are a total of 9 German WW2 Panzer Tanks (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily primary operator.
The Panzer I Light Tank began the long line of successful, fast-moving tanks common to the German blitzkrieg....
The Panzer II was an interim light tank design meant to hold ground until production of the Panzer III and Panzer I...
In-the-field reliability issues ultimately limited production of the Panzer Luchs series to just 100 examples....
The effective German Army Panzer III Medium Tank was developed substantially during the war years from 1939 to 1945...
The Panzer IV medium tank remained in production for the German Army throughout the entire war....
The PzKpfW VI Tiger Heavy Tank saw extensive combat action on all fronts during World War 2 and proved itself a for...
The Tiger II was the definitive German tank of World War 2 and the pinnacle of Panzer tank design by the end of the...