Thursday, March 24, 2011
Panzerkampfwagen II (The panzers)
The first real German combat tank was actually intended to be a reconnaissance tank armed with a 20mm cannon. The Panzer II was a relatively good tank by early 1930s standards, but by 1939 it was outdated. Nevertheless, just like the Panzer I it was forced into a frontline role. After more suitable tanks appeared in quantity, the Panzer II went over to being a reconnaissance vehicle. By the latter half of WWII, it had been increasingly shown that the light tank was obsolete and that armored cars could do the job better, and thus it was removed from service as a gun tank. However, some successful variants were kept in service up until the end of the war.