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PzKpfw I & variants . The Panzer I was a light tank produced in Germany in the 1930s. The name is short for the German Panzerkampfwagen I (armored fighting vehicle mark I), abbreviated PzKpfw I . Design of the Panzer I began in 1932 and mass production in 1934. Intended only as a training tank to introduce the concept of armored warfare to the German Army, the Panzer I saw combat in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, in Poland, France, the Soviet Union and North Africa during the Second World War, and in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War Experiences with the Panzer I during the Spanish Civil War helped shape the German armored corps' invasion of Poland in 1939 and France in 1940. By 1941, the Panzer I chassis design was used for production of tank destroyers and assault guns. There were attempts to upgrade the Panzer I throughout its service history, including by foreign nations to extend the design lifespan. It continued to serve in the armed forces of Spain until 1954. The Panzer I's performance in combat was limited by its thin armor and light armament of two general purpose machine guns. As a design intended for training, the Panzer I was not as capable as other light tanks of the era, such as the Soviet T-26 Although weak in combat, it formed a large portion of Germany's tank strength in numbers and was used in all major campaigns between September 1939 and December 1941. The small, vulnerable light tank would be surpassed in importance by better-known German tanks such as the Panzer IV, Panther, and Tiger. Nevertheless, the Panzer I's contribution to the early victories of Nazi Germany during the Second World War was significant. This is the SdKfz 265 Panzerbefehlswagen, a variant of the Panzer I. It was the German Army's first purpose-designed command tank, and the primary German command tank in service at the beginning of World War II. Converted from the Panzer I Ausf. B, the SdKfz 265 was to see considerable action during the early years of the War. This is the Panzerjäger I. It was the first of the German tank destroyers to see service in the Second World War. It mounted a Czech Škoda 4.7 cm cm PaK (t) anti-tank gun on a converted Panzer I Ausf. B chassis. It was intended to counter heavy French tanks like the Char B1 that were beyond the capabilities of the 3.7 cm PaK 36 anti-tank gun then in service and served to extend the usable lifetime of otherwise obsolete Panzer I tanks The Panzer I's turret was removed and a fixed gun shield added to protect the armament and crew. The anti-tank gun was mounted on a pedestal in the fighting compartment with the wheels, axle and trails removed; it retained its original gun shield. It normally carried 74 anti-tank and 10 HE shells Total production was 202 vehicles. Alkett produced the first series of 132 in 1940. Ten of the second series of 70 were assembled by Alkett while the remainder were assembled by Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz in 1940 and 1941. Vehicles in the second series are recognizable by their seven-sided gun shield while the first series had a five-sided shield. This is the 15 cm sIG 33 (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf B (sometimes referred to as the Sturmpanzer I Bison). It was a German self-propelled heavy infantry gun used during World War II. The Invasion of Poland had shown that the towed sIG 33 guns assigned to the infantry gun companies of the motorized infantry regiments had difficulties keeping up with the tanks during combat. The easiest solution was to modify a spare tank chassis to carry it into battle A sIG 33 was mounted on the chassis of the Panzer I Ausf. B, complete with carriage and wheels, in place of the turret and superstructure. Plates 13 millimeters thick were used to form a tall, open-topped fighting compartment on the forward part of the hull. This protected little more than the gun and the gunner himself from small arms fire and shell fragments, the loaders were completely exposed. The rearmost section of armor was hinged to ease reloading. Below is the Panzer I at the museum I work at. Specs: Panzer I Weight - 5.4 tons Length - 4.02 m Width - 2.06 m Height - 1.72 m Crew - 2; Commander and Driver Armor - Between 7 and 13 mm Main armament - 2x 7.92 mm MG13 machine guns Engine - Krupp M 305 four cylinder air cooled gasoline engine w/59 hp Range - 200 km on-road; 175 km off-road. Speed - 50 km/h on-road; 37 km/h off-road. Specs: Panzerjager I Weight - 6.4 tons Length - 4.42 m Width - 2.06 m Height - 2.14 m Crew - 3 Armor - 6-14.5 mm Armament - 1x 4.7 cm PaK(t) Engine - 3.8 litre 6-cylinder, water-cooled Maybach NL 38 Tr w/100 horsepower Power/weight 15.6 hp/ton Fuel capacity - 146 l Range - 140 km Speed - 40 km/h Specs: 15 cm sIG 33 (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf B Weight - 8.5 tons Length - 4.67 m Width - 2.06 m Height - 2.8 m Crew - 4 Armor - 13 mm - 5 mm Main armament - 1× 15 cm schweres Infanteriegeschütz 33 Engine - 6-cylinder, water-cooled Maybach NL38TR w/100 horsepower Range - 140 km Speed - 40 km/h


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