Not to be confused with the Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf. B.
The Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf. b is a German light tank.
- Panzerkampfwagen II (2cm) (Sd.Kfz. 121) Ausführung b
Development of the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. b started after multiple improvements over the Ausf. a were implemented. A redesign of the front hull for new steering unit and final drive was incorporated. Nickel was removed from the steel mixture used for the armour as well. The hull was lengthened, and the engine ventilation was improved. The armour was improved to 14.5mm (from 13mm), and the welds were strengthened.
The suspension was modified by installing wider roadwheels, and the return rollers were also widened, but their diameter reduced. Wider tracks were implemented with rounded guide horns to accommodate the thicker wheels. The track guards were lengthened, and foldable flaps were installed at the rear.
Internal modifications were minor, including the movement of instruments, an unlubricated and modified drive shaft was installed.
An Auslegearm für Flugabwehr (outrigger mount for anti-aircraft) for an MG 34 was mounted on the right superstructure side, with the intention of a crew member dismounting and standing next to the stationary tank for use.
The Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf. c was then developed from this model.
See Panzerkampfwagen II for all variants.
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1919 - 1945