ALA-016 1/35 Panzer II J German WW2 Light Tank model kit
In the beginning of World War II, Pz Kpfw I and PzKpfw II light tanks made the core of the German Armored Troops. Experience of the Poland Campaign had proved Wermacht's growing demand for well-protected tanks, intended for infantry support In December 1939 a decision (ALAN No 007) was taken to build prototype series of PzKpfw I Ausf.F tanks, armed by two MG34 machine-guns. However, mass production of such tanks started only in 1942. Simultaneously the PzKpfw II Ausf.J series had been developed on the similar chassis but with reinforced armaments. Just as Pz Kpfw I Ausf.F, PzKpfw II Ausf J was a strongly armored tank for infantry support. The armor thickness varied from 20 to 80 mm, and "Maybach" HL-45p motor of 150 h.p. enabled the tank of 18-t combat weight to move with 28 km/h speed. The tank had been equipped with 20-mm KWK 38 1/112 gun and 7,92-mm MG-34 machine-gun. Tank crew: 3 people. An order for 30 machines of this type had been placed with the industry, but only 22 tanks were actually built from April till December 1942. In 1942 it became evident that the concept of a specialized infantry-supporting tank proved obsolete. The additional order for 100 tanks had been cancelled. PzKpfw II Ausf.J tank was built at MAN and Daimler-Benz plants. These tanks were used in the 12th Armored Division on the Eastern Front. One converted tank had been employed as a repairing-and-retrieving vehicle in the 116th Armored Division. There has been certain evidence of PzKpfw II Ausf.J service at the Western Front in 1944.
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