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PzII (Stock)

Blitz_PzII_screen.png
Totals
3000 Cost
230 HPDurability
9.31 / 10.8 Weight
Crew
  1. Commander
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Loader (Radio Operator)
Armor
30/20/15Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
30/15/15Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
160 h.p.Engine Power
40 km/hTop Speed / Reverse Speed
49 deg/sTraverse Speed
Firepower
12 damage
23 mmAverage Penetration
7.2 Time for Complete Loading
39 deg/sTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
220 mView Range
500 mSignal Range
II
Pz.Kpfw. II
3000
The last modification of the light Pz. II tank. The vehicle featured enhanced armor, the 2 cm KwK 38 gun and improved observation devices. A total of 524 vehicles were built from March 1941 through December 1942.

The Pz II is a German tier 2 light tank

This tank combines good speed with excellent maneuverability, and boasts 30mm of armor on the front hull and turret. It's one of the few tanks in the game that can only use auto-cannons. Its 2 cm Flak 38 L/112 auto-cannon can penetrate nearly every other vehicle at its tier or below, and well-aimed shots can penetrate most tier 3 tanks. As with most tanks of its tier, the Pz.Kpfw. II is easily upgradable and it's a tank that is a lot of fun to fight in, especially as the player's skills improve. A popular vehicle, you will doubtlessly face this tank many times on the battlefield.

Turretgun

Turret

Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
II Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. b 30/15/15 39 220 0 950
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
I 2 cm Kw.K. 38 23/46 12/12 60.5 0.57 1.6 0 70
II 2 cm Flak 38 39/51 12/12 69.23 0.45 1.6 290 110
Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
III Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F 30/20/20 44 230 580 950
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
I 2 cm Kw.K. 38 23/46 12/12 60.5 0.57 1.6 0 70
II 2 cm Flak 38 39/51 12/12 80.9 0.45 1.6 290 110
Engine

Engine

Level Engine Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact Experience Weight (t)
III Maybach HL 62 TRM 160 20 0 550

Level Suspension Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s) Experience Weight (t)
II Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F 10.8 49 0 2900
Radio

Radio

Level Radio Signal Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
II FuG2 500 0 40


Compatible Equipment

Light Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Springs
Improved Ventilation Class 1
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox

Compatible Consumables


Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Highest penetrating auto-cannon available at this tier
  • Short aim time
  • Good turret traverse speed
  • Accurate L/112 cannon and acceptable reload time
  • Good radio range


Cons:


  • Low penetration at long range
  • Unable to hit targets above 350m
  • Tier III tanks can gives you a hard time with your auto canons
  • Slow hill climbing
  • Weak turret armor which causes problems if attempting to hull down with this tank


Performance

This is a fun fighting tank. If you were using the Breda on the Leichttraktor then you should find this tank very similar. It can be very effective in urban environments or anywhere it can engage in short-range combat. At long range the auto-cannon is far less effective, as it has to re-aim after every two-shot burst. It carries a good amount of ammo though, so you can afford to utilize some "spray and pray" tactics. Due to this tactic coupled with its good aim time, an Enhanced Gun Laying Drive is a little useless. The Panzer II's frontal armour is above average and can easily deflect many shots from rivals that are using auto-cannons.

This tank is great fun when fighting up close. Its high RoF coupled with decent pen means it can go food (or tank)processor on other puny tier 2s. Well-aimed shots can pen nearly anything for same-tiered tanks. Although it may have somewhat sluggish speed, it's still enough to keep up with the pace of the battle. Your good armor (30 mm) can bounce quite a few shots when angled correctly. Try to avoid sniping; the autocannon's pen greatly diminishes over distance, and your accuracy is bad as well, The T18 is also a liability, but good flanking skills can overcome it with relative ease. Shooting the T18 in the front upper glacis plate will however ensure penetration and in turn cause most early players to back off due to sudden penetration from the front of the supposedly impenetrable front of a T18, giving you sufficient time to run or possibly even shoot the sides of a retreating T18. Allow M3 Stuarts to pass by you and shoot their rear or sides , as their weak spots in front cant be reliably penetrated due to their high speed. Overall, this tank is very well-rounded.


Early Research

  • Nothing carries over from the Leichttraktor.
  • First research the 2 cm KwK 38 L/55 for faster rate of fire, aim time, and accuracy.
  • You may want to continue on and get the 2 cm Flak 38 L/112, which features much improved penetration and accuracy.
  • Next it's a toss-up between the engines and the suspension.
  • Note that the turret upgrade also improves the reload time, in addition to increasing view range and hit points.
  • You don't need the added weight capacity from the suspension upgrade on this tank, but it adds 5 deg/s to traverse speed, so it's definitely worth getting.


Historical Info

In July of 1934, the Waffenamt (Ordnance Department) ordered the development of an armored vehicle ten tons in weight and armed with a 20mm automatic cannon. In early 1935, a number of manufacturers, including Krupp AG, MAN (chassis only), Henschel und Sohn AG (chassis only), and Daimler-Benz AG provided their prototypes of the Landwirtschaftlicher Schlepper 100 (LaS 100) - agricultural tractor - for evaluation by the army. The new vehicle was also known as the 2cm MG Panzerwagen and as VK 622 (Versuchkraftfahrzeug 622). The new light tank, Panzerkampfwagen II, was to supplement new Panzerkampfwagen I light tanks as a vehicle with heavier armament capable of firing armor-piercing and high explosive rounds. Krupp was the first to present their design, but it was not adopted. It was then decided to utilize the chassis designed by MAN and hull by Daimler-Benz. In October of 1935, the first soft steel prototype was tested and ten LaS 100 tanks, later designated as Ausf a1s, were ordered. From late 1935 to May 1936, MAN produced ten Ausf a1 tanks.

The Panzerkampfwagen II (Sd.Kfz.121) was larger than the Panzerkampfwagen I, but was still a light training tank. Due to the delays in production of the Panzerkampfwagen III and Panzerkampfwagen IV, the Panzer II entered combat service as a "stop-gap" vehicle for the expanding Panzertruppen. Similarly to the Panzerkampfwagen I, it did not prove very effective in combat, although it was the main battle tank of the Panzertruppen until 1940 and 1941.

Overall, the Panzerkampfwagen II was ineffective as a combat tank but was an important step in the development of more powerful panzers. When put in good hands, the Panzer II was a good light tank and an effective light reconnaissance vehicle that provided German designers and manufacturers with more tank building experience. As with any other panzer, its chassis became a base for the usual conversions, including the Marder II tank destroyer, Wespe self-propelled howitzers, and others. Additionally, other designs utilized the same components: the Flammpanzer II Flamingo/PzKpfw II(F) flamethrower tanks, the Schwimmpanzer II amphibious tank, and the Sturmpanzer II Bison self-propelled gun.


Historical Gallery

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France
China VIIType 62 VIIType 62 Dragon
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