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As part of the demilitarization of Germany after World War I, The Treaty of Versailles forbade Germany from producing tanks. Hitler violated this pact in 1933 when he began reassembling the German ranks of tanks.(Panzer) To hide his true intentions the tanks were officially called agricultural tractors.(Panzerkampfwagens) Of the tanks that were produced in the stretch from 1933 to the end of World War II, the most common series was the Panzerkampfwagen. Panzerkampfwagen and its shortened, more common form, Panzer, is translated in German as tank or armoured vehicle.
From 1933 to 1937, The Panzer I through IV were developed.(Panzer) The Panzer I was initially meant as a training vehicle for later Panzer models. The German company Krupp Werke
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The final edition of the Panzer III was shorter in length and height than the Panzer IV Ausf A. The Panzer IV had a larger turret that could hold a larger gun.(Panzerkampfwagens) Like the Panzer III the Panzer IV had twin machine guns, but its main firepower was in its short barreled 75-mm gun. It also had thicker armor, ranging from 30-80 mm. It weighed 20 tons and drove at a top speed of 25 mph (40 kph). (Panzer) German tanks held the engine at the rear, drive wheels in front, and transmission running through the middle. The Panzer IV had five crew members.Three of five crew members were positioned in the turret, the commander with a gunner and loader to his left and right respectively. Three men in the turret gave German tanks a faster rate of fire than the French and British tanks because the more men gave the tank more efficiency with several tasks being done simultaneously. The driver was to the left and in front of the three and the radio operator to the right. In 1942, the Panzer IV Ausf F2 entered battle with a big change in a long barreled gun, the KwK 40…show more content…
Faults in the engine were found that had to be fixed to make the tank run smoothly. Panthers were used on both the eastern and western fronts. Two Panzer regiments in the west had Panthers on D-Day. 400 Panthers were used in the Battle of the Bulge.(Panzer V) It was clearly more powerful than American and British tanks, although aircraft were effective against them.(Panzer) Panthers had weak sides and heavily armored front so to protect themselves in retreat, Panthers would often reverse rather than pulling a u-turn. This also meant that they were vulnerable to flanking by the enemy.(Panzer
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