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WW2 German Panzer Tanks

Military History | Second World War

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 ] WW2 German Panzer Tanks entries 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.

Picture of the SdKfz 101 Panzer I
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SdKfz 101 Panzer I
Light Tank
Picture of the SdKfz 121 Panzer II
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SdKfz 121 Panzer II
Light Tank
Picture of the SdKfz 123 Panzerspahwagen II (Luchs)
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SdKfz 123 Panzerspahwagen II (Luchs)
Fast Reconnaissance Light Tank
Picture of the SdKfz 141 Panzer III
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SdKfz 141 Panzer III
Light / Medium Tank
Picture of the SdKfz 161 Panzer IV
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SdKfz 161 Panzer IV
Medium Tank Tracked Combat Vehicle
Picture of the SdKfz 171 Panzer V / Panther
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SdKfz 171 Panzer V / Panther
Medium Tank
Picture of the SdKfz 181 Panzer VI / Tiger I
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SdKfz 181 Panzer VI / Tiger I
Heavy Tank
Picture of the SdKfz 182 Panzer VIB Tiger II / King Tiger
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SdKfz 182 Panzer VIB Tiger II / King Tiger
Heavy Tank
Picture of the SdKfz 265 Panzerbefehlswagen
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SdKfz 265 Panzerbefehlswagen
Command Tank
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