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Panzerkampfwagen I to IV
In Germany in the Second World War there were many tanks. Every tank had got an different task to make the flash war as effective as it is possible. Flash war means a fast and surprising penetrating. In the Versailles Agreement it was forbidden that Germany build tanks, but for Hitler it was all the same. In the 30's the Panzerkampfwagen I was built. It weighed 6 tons and so it was a very light tank. In the flash war the light tanks should penetrate fast. It was armed with two 7.92 mm MGs and the armoring of 13 mm was weak. Later the Panzerkampfwagen II was built. It had got a 20 mm cannon and a stronger armoring. With 10 tons it was also a light tank. The Panzerkampfwagen III was a medium tank. Depending on the version its total mass was between 15 tons and 22 tons. The total mass increased, because of the armoring. The armoring of the last version was 50 mm. At the beginning it had got a 3.7 cm cannon and later version had got a 5 cm cannon. It had got also two 7.92 mm MGs and the crew was 5 men. The Panzerkampfwagen I, II and III were ready before the Second World War and they were used against Poland. Poland could not do anything against these tanks. The Panzerkampfwagen IV had got a 7.5 cm cannon and a total mass of 25 tons. Its armoring was even 80 mm. On the photo on the top it is the Panzerkampfwagen IV. The engines of the heavy tanks were not always stronger than the engines of the light tanks and so the heavy tanks were slower. A strong enemy of the German tanks during the whole war was the Russian T-34. The German tanks were one of the best tanks in this time. The could be only defeated, because the Allies had got much more tanks. The Panzerkampfwagen V "Panther, VI "Tiger" und VI "Tiger II" will be described later.
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