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.
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 Melding the turret of a SdKfz. 222 onto the chassis of the outdated medium tank, the light armor (30mm at max), 20mm armament, and top speed of 42 kph, meant that not only was the tank an inadequate replacement, but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.
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.