ausf. l

A Panzer II Ausf. L “Luchs” travels through Russia. Purpose built for the Russian terrain, the ‘Lynx’s’ maneuverability was one of the few high points, as its armament and armor proved to be far too slight. Russian tank treads have been placed on the hull here in hopes of additional protection.

(Bundesarchiv)

PzKpfw V Panther (SdKfz 171) Ausf. G – Cutaway Illustration

1 - L/70 75 mm cannon :: 2 - 7.92 mm MG 34 co-axial machine gun :: 3 - 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun :: 4 - Ventilator :: 5 - Commander’s cuppola/hatch :: 6 - Cannon bed :: 7 - TZF 12a telescopic sight :: 8 - Load/escape hatch :: 9 - Commander’s microphone and headphones :: 10 - Radio operator’s hatch :: 11 - Turret rotation mechanism :: 12 - Elevation wheel :: 13 - Engine fan :: 14 - Entry for refrigeration air :: 15 - 75 mm ammunition :: 16 - Elevation compensation mechanism :: 17 - Cannon compensation mechanism :: 18 - Container for 75 mm fired shells sheats :: 19 - Maybach engine :: 20 - Cannon cleaning equipment :: 21 - Replacement tracks :: 22 - Machine gun ammunition :: 23 - Gunner’s seat :: 24 - Radio operator’s seat :: 25 - Instruments panel :: 26 - Container for 7.92 mm fired shells sheats :: 27 - Hydraulic rotation mechanism :: 28 - Compressor :: 29 - Brake control :: 30 - Steering lever :: 31 - Driver’s seat :: 32 - Machine gun firing pedal :: 33 - Refrigeration duct for brake :: 34 - Gearbox :: 35 - Brake :: 36 - Oil pump :: 37 - Batteries :: 38 - Transmission final gear :: 39 - Drive sprocket :: 40 - Return roller :: 41 - Suspension top :: 42 - Shock absorber :: 43 - Suspension bearing for oscillating arm :: 44 - Suspension crank arm :: 45 - Interspersed wheels :: 46 - Idler :: 47 - Torsion bar suspension

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And the rest:

SdKfz 234 Puma

Panzer II Ausf. L Luchs - Lynx

Panzerjäger Nashorn - Rhinoceros 

Panzerjäger Ferdinand - Because nothing says respect like naming a piece of shit rejected tank-turned-tank destroyer after the company’s (Porsche) founder.  

Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte - Rat, as the germans had apparently become self-aware.

A late-war attempt by BMW to create an armored recon vehicle from the Panzer 38(t), the Aufklärer 38(t) was expected to be a quick replacement for the “Luchs”. Melding the turret of a SdKfz. 222 onto the chassis of the outdated medium tank, the light armor (30mm at max), 20mm armament, and top speed of 42 kph, meant that not only was the tank an inadequate replacement, but considerably worse than the Panzer II Ausf. L in almost all categories! Only a small number were built.

(Bundesarchiv)

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The curios parallel between the Panzer III and Panzer IV: The III, which was originally designed as a tank vs tank vehicle (first pics, Ausf L), found itself turned into a infantry support one (second pic, Ausf M) by the end of its operational life, while the IV, which began as a infantry support tank (third pic, Ausf E), ended up as a tank fighter (last pic, Ausf. H) as it was more suited for wartime upgrades.

Truly the germans were quite adept at adapting their designs to the progression of the war.