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Contents
The German Empire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
German campaign battles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
How to use this guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Infantry squads. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Volkssturm................................................................................................................7
Assault infantry........................................................................................................7
Regular infantry........................................................................................................7
Paratroopers.............................................................................................................8
Panzergrenadier.......................................................................................................8
Sappers.....................................................................................................................8
Mechanized Panzergr. battalion...............................................................................9
Engineers (AP)..........................................................................................................9
Engineers (AT)...........................................................................................................9
Brandenburg division............................................................................................. 10
Fallschirmjäger...................................................................................................... 11
Stosstrupp.............................................................................................................. 12

Specialized soldiers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Rifleman.................................................................................................................. 13
Submachine gun..................................................................................................... 13
Machine gunner...................................................................................................... 13
Team with anti-tank rifle........................................................................................ 14
Anti-tank team........................................................................................................ 14
Crew........................................................................................................................ 14
Flamethrower team................................................................................................ 15
Officer..................................................................................................................... 15
Sniper..................................................................................................................... 16
Veteran sniper........................................................................................................ 16
Radio operator........................................................................................................ 16

Fixed weapons and artillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

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Heavy machine gun Machine gun.............................................................................. 17
Flak 38 AA AA defense............................................................................................... 17
sGrW 34 Mortar Mortar............................................................................................. 17
AT Pak 41 AT gun ...................................................................................................... 18
AT Pak 38 AT gun . .................................................................................................... 18
AT Pak 40 AT gun . .................................................................................................... 18
FlaK 37 AA defense / AT gun........................................................................................ 19
FH 18 M howitzer Field howitzer.................................................................................. 20
sFH 18 howitzer Field howitzer.................................................................................... 20
Nebelwerfer 41 Rocket artillery................................................................................... 20

Light vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
PzKpfw I Ausf.B Scout vehicle..................................................................................... 21
SdKfz 222 Scout vehicle.............................................................................................. 22
SdKfz 223 Scout vehicle.............................................................................................. 23
PzKpfw II Luchs Light tank......................................................................................... 23
SdKfz 234 Puma Scout vehicle.................................................................................... 24
Wirbelwind AA vehicle.............................................................................................. 25
Flakpanzer I AA vehicle.............................................................................................. 26
Pz III Sapper Minesweeper......................................................................................... 26

Tank destroyer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Hetzer Medium tank destroyer...................................................................................... 27
StuG IV Ausf.G Medium tank destroyer.......................................................................... 28
Nashorn Medium tank destroyer................................................................................... 29
Jagdpanzer IV Medium tank destroyer.......................................................................... 30
Jagdpanther Heavy tank destroyer............................................................................... 31
Elefant Super-heavy tank destroyer............................................................................... 32
Jagdtiger Super-heavy tank destroyer........................................................................... 33

Self-propelled artillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Wespe Self-propelled howitzer..................................................................................... 34
Hummel Self-propelled howitzer................................................................................... 35
Panzerwerfer Self-propelled rocket artillery................................................................... 36
Sturmtiger Self-propelled howitzer............................................................................... 37

Tanks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
PzKpfw III Ausf.F Medium tank.................................................................................... 38
PzKpfw III Ausf.J Medium tank.................................................................................... 39
PzKpfw IV Ausf.F1 Medium tank.................................................................................. 40
PzKpfw IV Ausf.G Medium tank................................................................................... 42
PzKpfw IV Ausf.H Medium tank................................................................................... 43
PzKpfw VI Tiger Heavy tank........................................................................................ 44
PzKpfw V Panther Medium tank.................................................................................. 46
PzKpfw VI Kingtiger Super-heavy tank........................................................................ 48
Veteran Tiger Heavy tank.......................................................................................... 50

Transport and logistics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
BMW R12 Motorcycle.................................................................................................. 51
Kubel VW82 Car....................................................................................................... 51
SdKfz 251/1 Armored halftrack..................................................................................... 51
Opel Blitz 3.6 (transport) Supply truck...................................................................... 52
Opel Blitz 3.6 (supplies) Supply truck........................................................................ 52
Opel Blitz 3.6 (engineers) Supply truck..................................................................... 52

Special attacks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Goliath.................................................................................................................... 53

German campaign battles
Battle for Caen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 7, 1944.
After the allied landings on the Normandy
beaches, the efforts of the German troops under
General Edwin Rommel's command were focused
communications center on the route towards
the French capital, Paris.

The German Empire
On September 1, 1939, German troops invaded Poland. In response, France and Great
Britain declared war on Germany. The Second World War had begun. Weeks later,
the German army conquered Warsaw, and Germany and the Soviet Union shared Polish
territory.

Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-L20582 /
Schmidt / CC-BY-SA

Battle of Saint Hilaire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . August 7, 1944.
On discovering that, contrary to what they
expected, the great allied landings did not occur
in the Dover Strait, the German Panzer divisions
stationed at that strategic point launched

In April 1940, Germany occupied Denmark and Norway with scarcely any resistance. Not

the counterattack. The town of Saint Hilaire was

long after, the conquest of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg began. The French

witness to the clash between both armies.

and British armies withdrew to Dunkirk.
On June 10, 1940, Italy declared war on France and Great Britain. Four days later, German
troops entered Paris, forcing the French Marshall, Pétain, to sign an armistice. Between
August and October of that same year, the Battle of Britain took place, in which British
resistance managed to repel the Luftwaffe's air offensive.

Operation Market Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 17, 1944.
Control of the bridges over the Rhine and the
rivers in the Arnhem region was one of the keys
to the allied advance in northern Europe. German

From June 1941, German troops entered USSR territory, crossed the Stalin Line,

troops were preparing to face up to the enemy

conquered Leningrad and Kiev and headed towards Moscow, where they were beaten

airborne divisions, which, supported by armored

back by Soviet resistance. Meanwhile, the Afrika Korps, under Rommel's command, took

land forces, maneuvered in order to launch the final

up positions in North Africa.

attack.

In 1942, Germany won the Battle of Stalingrad. However, the arrival of winter coincided
with the Soviet counteroffensive, which ended with the surrender of the German Field
Marshall Von Paulus on February 3, 1943.
The allied landings in Normandy in June 1944 precipitated the end of the conflict.
Germany responded with new offensives in Alsace and the Ardennes, but the Soviet attack
on German territory came as the final blow for the exhausted German army. The fall
of Berlin in May 1945 triggered the unconditional surrender of Germany.

Chronology
September 1, 1939
Invasion of Poland
April 9, 1940
Invasion of Denmark and
Norway
May 10, 1940
Invasion of Netherlands,
Belgium and Luxembourg
May 28, 1940
Battle of Britain
June 14, 1940
Conquest of Paris
June 22, 1941
Russian campaign
June 28, 1942
Battle of Stalingrad
June 6, 1944
Battle of Normandy
December 16, 1944
Battle of the Ardennes
May 7, 1945
Fall of Berlin

Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-646-5188-17 / Opitz / CC-BY-SA

on the defense of Caen, a hugely important

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German Army: How to use this guide

How to use this guide
M Command Points (Special)
C Control Points

Assault infantry
M 135 C 25

Quantity
6
Combat guide
Inventory:

Unit's equipment

Name of the unit
Icon

R Reload time
A Maximum range

66



10

63

54

30

70

110 m
A 4x
44

110 m

V 35

M Command Points (Special)
C Control Points

1 29 2
3
M5A125
Stuart
Light tank25
300
13
M 32 C
4 38 5
6 25
Main:

L 37 mm R 3
G 2x 0.30 caliber

D 4Crew
SPassengers
S
Y Can tow
/ be towed

V 35

D4 S-

A 110 m



StG 44 assault rifle

5
98K rifle

MP 40 submachine gun

Inventory:

16x

6x

10

30

70

8x

4x

110 m

Regular infantry
M 165 C 26 H 10 X 2

1 29 2 25 3 25
Inventory: 38 5 32 6 25
4

armored enemy scout vehicles such as the German SdKfz 223 and Panzer I or the Japanese Type 92s.

1 4

Front

2

Side
Rear

79x2x 0.30 caliber68x
G

5x

3.400x

1x

The British used the surname of the Confederate States Army general, Jeb Stuart, to name the whole series of United States M3 and M5

3

6

1

tanks. The M5A1 could carry the same 37 mm weapon as the Greyhound; although its speed was slower, it was better armored and had
nearly double the emergency ammunition supply. It was efficient for providing close support to the infantry as well as confronting lightlyarmored enemy scout vehicles such as the German SdKfz 223 and Panzer I or the Japanese Type 92s.

MP 40 submachine gun

98K rifle

Inventory:

Inventory:

79x

Unit's .
equipment

4

tanks. The M5A1 could carry the same 37 mm weapon as the Greyhound; although its speed was slower, it was better armored and had
Armor:
nearly double the emergency ammunition supply. It was efficient for providing close support to the infantry as well as confronting lightly-

Turret

Machine guns
mounted

1

H 10 X 2

AP:
66
63
54
44
The British used the surname of the Confederate States Army general, Jeb Stuart, to name the whole series of United States M3 and M5

Armor (in mm of steel)

3 6

AP:

Type

6x L 37 mm 8xR 3

Assault infantry
M 120 C 25

V Speed

M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle

Armor:

Penetration into armor
according to distance (in
mm of steel)

5

10x

M5A1 Stuart Light tank
M 300 C 13

Inventory:

MP 3008 submachine gun

Inventory:

4

Thompson submachine gun

Main:
16x

1

M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle

H 8 X 1

2
98K rifle

Assault infantry
8x C 25 4xH 10 X 2
M 135

6x

6

L Caliber of weapon

6

H 10 X 2

4

Thompson submachine gun

16x

Volkssturm
M 60 C 16

1

Weapon icon


Hull

H Number of men who make up the unit
X Weapons handling skills

Combat guide

Name of weapon

7

Infantry squads

Name of the unit
Icon

Combat Guide

68x

5x

3.400x

1x

12x

3x

2x

10x

MG 42 machine gun

8

German Army: Infantry squads
Paratroopers
M 250 C 30

5

H 10 X 3

2

G43 semi-automatic rifle with sight

Inventory:

25x

2
FG-42 assault rifle

2
MP 40 submachine gun

6
20x

16x

2x

Panzergrenadier
M 385 C 35 H 10 X 4

2
MP 40 submachine gun

6

G43 semi-automatic rifle

4

3x

StG 44 assault rifle

Panzerfaust

Inventory:

32x

2

14x

16x
Engineers (AP)
M 150 C 12

G43 semi-automatic rifle

4x

H 4 X 2

4

4
StG 44 assault rifle

MP 40 submachine gun

Panzerfaust

Inventory:

32x

9
Mechanized Panzergr. battalion
M 480 C 35 H 10 X 4

3
98K rifle

Combat Guide

Inventory:

14x

16x
Sappers
M 50 C 6

2

4x

60x
Engineers (AT)
M 200 C 12

H 2 X 2

4
MP 40 submachine gun

MP 40 submachine gun

Inventory:

Inventory:

2x

28x

H 4 X 2

10

German Army: Infantry squads

Combat Guide

Brandenburg division
M 2 C 24 H 8 X 3

Fallschirmjäger
M 3 C 30 H 10 X 3

This special operations corps was founded by

The term “Fallschirmjäger” means

Theodore von Hippel, specialist in espionage

paratrooper in German. These units

and sabotage, who served in the German

formed part of the Air Force and

army during the First World War. An expert

generally had the best weapons in

in the techniques used by Colonel T.E.

the army.

Lawrence (known as Lawrence of Arabia),

With a similar organization to that of

Von Hippel volunteered for the Intelligence

Brandenburg division
In 1940, the battalion
took part in undercover
operations in Denmark,
Norway, Belgium, Holland
and France. One year
later, they operated
behind enemy lines
in missions aimed at
preparing the ground for
Operation Barbarossa. In
1942, it officially became
a German Army division.
Their involvement in
the African theater of
operations was notorious,
where each commando was
mobilized to confront the
Bedouin Tribes against the
British.

11

the motorized infantry divisions, the

Service after the First World War. In 1939, he

paratrooper divisions were largely

received authorization to form an elite corps,
specialized in incursions on enemy territory. His men were instructed in the art of capturing

employed as assault units.

bridges and roads, sabotage or neutralization of key enemies. The battalion, created by

In 1944, the evolution of the war led to the cessation of training of the Fallschirmjäger as

Von Hippel, entered on the scene with the invasion of Poland, operating behind enemy

paratroopers. Nevertheless, they continued to carry out infantry duties, as was proved

lines to smooth the path of advance for German troops.

during the Battle of Monte Cassino, where the tenacity of the Fallschirmjäger won them the

The efficiency demonstrated by Von Hippel's men led the German Army to institutionalize

nickname "green devils".

the battalion: and so it was than on October 15, 1939, the Construction Training Company

Equipped with assault rifles and semi-automatic rifles, and deployed in a SdKfz 251/1

800 for Special Duties was born, headed by Von Hippel himself, with its headquarters in

armed with an MG 42 machine gun and with additional supplies for the infantry, these units

the city of Brandenburg.

of elite paratroopers were trained to capture lightly defended positions in order to entrench

Those involved in this elite corps were always volunteers equipped with specific skills and

themselves and defend the captured land.

knowledge: command of several languages, excellent physical condition and astonishing
mental agility.

3

4
G43 semi-automatic rifle

1

At the beginning of the
conflict there were few
paratroop battalions;
nevertheless, the
Luftwaffe created three
regiments in order to form
one unit known as the 7th
Air Division.

98K rifle

6

4
MG 34 machine gun

2
98K rifle

Panzerfaust

Inventory:

14x

Fallschirmjäger

2

G43 semi-automatic rifle with sight

FG-42 assault rifle

Inventory:

3x

4x

1x

1x

26x

22x

16x

2x

2x

Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-559-1076-29 / Haas / CC-BY-SA

12

German Army: Infantry squads
Stosstrupp
M 4 C 35

Combat Guide

13

Specialized soldiers

H 10 X 4

Rifleman
M 11 C 2.5

The Stosstrupp were the most powerful shock infantry troops in the German
Army for assaulting heavily defended enemy positions. They were armed with

H 1 X 2

assault rifles, submachine guns and numerous Panzerfaust, with which they
could deal with any threat in hand-to-hand combat and urban environments.
They were deployed along with an SdKfz 251/17 armored halftrack, armed with

1
98K rifle

a 20 mm automatic gun, which gave them superior firepower against infantry
and light armored vehicles.

5

Inventory:

5
StG 44 assault rifle

1x

10
MP 40 submachine gun

1x

Panzerfaust

Submachine gun
M 12 C 2.5 H 1 X 2

Inventory:

30x

10x

20x

5x

1
MP 40 submachine gun

Special troops
All armies have special corps of soldiers who are better trained
and equipped than the regular forces. The American Rangers or
the German Panzergrenadiers were examples of these corps. Armed
with assault rifles and semi-automatic carbines, they also had
anti-tank weapons in order to confront tanks from a distance, as
well as a generous supply of grenades and dynamite to clear the
way through any obstacle they found. The superior training of
these troops gave them greater physical resistance and superior
accuracy with their firearms.
Special troops excelled both in defense and attack and surpassed
regular infantry squads in terms of performance. Sometimes
Photo: Bundesarchiv Bild 146-2007-0144
these infantry corps formed motorized units that were directly
deployed with their own armored transport vehicles. These halftracks carried additional
firepower and had greater speed of movement in order to reach the battle front as quickly as
possible, as well as an additional supply of grenades and ammunition which any allied platoon
could use to rearm themselves.

Inventory:

2x

1x

1x
Machine gunner
M 60 C 3.5 H 1 X 2

1
MG 42 machine gun
Inventory:

1x

14

German Army: Specialized soldiers

Combat Guide
Flamethrower team
M 75 C 5
H 2 X 2

Team with anti-tank rifle
M 60 C 6
H 2 X 3

2

1
MP 40 submachine gun

1
Pzb39 anti-tank rifle

Inventory:

2x

1
MP 40 submachine gun

Flamethrower

Inventory:

2x

1x

2x

Anti-tank team
M 90 C 6

2
MP 40 submachine gun

1x

H 2 X 3

1

Panzershreck

Flare pistol

Inventory:

1x
1x

H 1 X 3

1
Walther pistol

Inventory:

2x

1x
Officer
M 160 C 8

1

2x

15

1x

4x

1x

11x
Officers

Crew
M 10

2
Walther pistol
Inventory:

C 4

H 2 X 2

Officers are useful for planning troop movements and
requesting fire support. The most powerful weapon they have is
their binoculars; with them they can explore the battlefield
from large distances. To do this, activate the Direct Control
and direct them towards the area to reconnoiter; the fog
of war will lift wherever you direct the binoculars, even
discovering hidden enemies in the undergrowth or in rubble.
This information will be shared with any unit near the officer
in order to coordinate the attack.
Officers also have the ability to request support from outside
of the battlefield. They can use a smoke marker to request
parachutes to be launched from a box of supplies at any point
on the map. In the inside of the box there will be military equipment for the infantry and mortar
projectiles. Finally, with their flare pistols, officers can request an artillery attack on any
target.

16

German Army: Specialized soldiers
Sniper
M 160 C 8

H 1 X 4

Combat Guide

17

Fixed weapons and artillery
Heavy machine gun Machine gun
M 120 C 5

1
98K sniper rifle

Main:











Y







L 7.92 mm R Auto A 80 m

Inventory:

3x

1x

Inventory:

1x

1120x
Veteran sniper
M 1 C 8

1x

Flak 38 AA AA defense
M 200 C 5

H 1 X 4

1

Main:
98K sniper rifle

AP:

29

27

21



10

30

70

Inventory:

3x

1x

L 20 mm R Auto A 100 m

Inventory:

1x

930x

Radio operator
M 4 C 11

1x
sGrW 34 Mortar Mortar
M 350 C 5

H 3 X 2
Main:

3

1
MP 40 submachine gun

L 81 mm R 5

AP:

15

15

15



10

30

70

Flare pistol

Inventory:

Inventory:

4x

2x

2x

18
100 m

1x

21x

121x

1x

A 110 m
15
110 m

German Army: Fixed weapons and artillery
Pak 41 AT AT gun
M 140 C 5

Main:

L 42 mm R 3

AP:

52

46

38



10

30

70





Combat Guide
FlaK 37 AA defense / AT gun
M 700 C 10

Y
Main:

A 110 m
32
110 m

19

L 88 mm R 5

AP:

142

136



10

30





Y

A 160 m

124

75

70

160 m

The FlaK 18, 36 and 37 guns were used by the German Army as anti-aircraft and anti-tank
weapons during the Second World War, becoming one of the symbols of their artillery.

Inventory:

51x

Owing to their 88 mm gun, they were nicknamed "eight-eight" by German troops. During

50x

5x

the First World War, anti-aircraft weapons were largely adaptations of medium caliber
guns, modified to fire at elevated angles. As the air war evolved and the benefits of
airplanes improved, this type of weapon became obsolete. It was then that the German
Army proposed to design guns with higher calibers and rates of fire, with the ability to

Pak 38 AT AT gun
M 350 C 5
Main:

L 50 mm R 4

AP:

84

86

69



10

30

70

launch projectiles to great heights. This was how the first prototype of the 88 mm FlaK





Y

18, manufactured in 1928, was born. Its 4.9 meter gun included an automatic cartridge
ejection system which increased the rate of fire considerably. Furthermore, the cross-

A 130 m

shaped base allowed it to fire at any angle, an indispensible feature for an anti-aircraft

35

weapon.

130 m

In 1944, there were around 10,700 FlaK 18, 36 and 37 guns in service. Owing to the
increase in allied air bombings, the majority of these weapons were used for their original

Inventory:

51x

anti-aircraft purpose. In this role, the eight-eight was not as efficient as equivalent models

50x

5x

of other nations, which were capable of firing heavier projectiles to greater heights.
Nevertheless, thanks to their lightness and mobility, they were, in the end, the most used in
the conflict.

Pak 40 AT AT gun
M 435 C 5
Main:

L 75 mm R 5

AP:

124

119



10

30



A 150 m

108

66

70

150 m

Inventory:

51x



Y

Its high speed anti-tank projectiles made it an unbeatable
anti-tank weapon during the first stages
of the war, a role which it would continue
to play very efficiently until the end of the conflict. This
success led to the development of a line of anti-tank guns
for vehicles that became the main armament for tanks such
as the Tiger I.
Inventory:

50x

5x

1x

51x

50x

5x

FlaK guns
Production of the FlaK
18 guns began in 1933;
some were even sent by
the German Army to Spain
during the Civil War. After
entering service, their
weak points were analyzed
and improvements were
introduced that had already
been applied to the FlaK 36.
In the final design model,
the FlaK 37 included a new
system that synchronized
the weapon with a central
fire controller. This device
allowed several guns to be
monitored simultaneously,
which in turn allowed
details to be controlled
such as the exact angles
and inclinations of the
guns, which reduced the
time needed to lock onto
the target and greatly
improved the accuracy of
the firings. During the
initial phases of the
Battle of France, the eighteights were required to
fight against tanks whose
front armor-plating could
not be breached by the
medium caliber anti-tank
guns of the period.

Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-443-1574-26 / Zwilling, Ernst A. / CC-BY-SA

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20

German Army: Fixed weapons and artillery
FH 18 M howitzer Field howitzer
M 750 C 10

Main:





Y

Combat Guide

Light vehicles
PzKpfw I Ausf.B Scout vehicle
M 180 C 9

L 105 mm R 70 A 220 m

Inventory:

66x





Y

L 150 mm R 75 A 250 m

1 13 2 10 3 10
4 15 5 15 6 15
G 2x MG 34
intended to prepare German troops for the

12x

new motorized war, the Panzer I ended

1x

Nebelwerfer 41 Rocket artillery
M 5 C 5
Main:

up as an iconic vehicle used both in the
Spanish Civil War and in the Second World
War.





Y

L 150 mm R 60 A 180 m

After research carried out throughout the decade of
1920, Germany came up with an innovative technique
for launching massive smoke, poisonous gas or explosive warhead attacks. These studies resulted in the development of a 100 mm
mortar designed to fire gas projectiles: known as the Nebelwerfer, or "smoke launcher", the name was chosen to generate confusion
among enemy spies.
The Nebelwerfer 41, which consisted of a six tube launcher mounted on the chassis of an anti-tank gun, entered service following the
Battle of France. Its rockets were equipped with stabilizer elements that increased their range and accuracy, compensating for the low

The Panzer I could provide infantry
support with its two machine guns, but
was not sufficiently well armored to
confront anti-tank rifle fire, especially in
the flanks and turret, whose armor was not
inclined as it was on the frontal
part of the hull.

number of projectiles launched.
Throughout the conflict, approximately 6,000 Nebelwerfer launchers were manufactured, and around five and a half million rockets
were used in the main theaters of operation.
The Nebelwerfer 41 could fire an entire salvo of six rockets in quick succession, but it had to be reloaded between each firing.
Nevertheless, the reload time was less than in other, larger rocket launcher systems.

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Designed originally for training work

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Armor:

1x
sFH 18 howitzer Field howitzer
M 900 C 10

Main:

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2.200x

1x

PzKpfw I Ausf.B
Manufactured for the first
time in 1934, it played
an outstanding role in the
German victories between
1939 and 1941.

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German Army: Light vehicles
SdKfz 222 Scout vehicle
M 240 C 9
Main:

L 20 mm R Auto A 90 m

AP:

29

27

21



10

30

70

18
90 m

Armor:

1 20 2 14 3 14
4 20 5 14 6 14
G 1x MG 34

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SdKfz 223 Scout vehicle
M 200 C 9

D 2 S - Y

Both the SdKfz 222 and
the 223 were armored
military cars designed
for battlefield
reconnaissance. The
wheeled design favored the
movement of the vehicle
by road. At the Russian
and African fronts they
were restricted by their
poor off-road performance,
therefore they were
gradually replaced by
halftrack vehicles for the
reconnaissance work.

V 41

D 2 S - Y

Armor:

1 20 2 14 3 14
4 20 5 14 6 14
G 1x MG 42
The 223 model is the communications version; equipped with an MG 34, it could confront infantry groups and threaten enemy flanks,
but it lacked the armament required to confront other armored vehicles.

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Armed with a 20 mm automatic gun and an

SdLfz 222 and 223

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MG 34 machine gun, the SdKfz 222 was
capable of carrying out rapid incursions in the
initial moments of the battle.

PzKpfw II Luchs Light tank
M 240 C 11

Its maneuverability allowed it to
cross battlefield and attack fixed
weapons crews, wiping out other
scout vehicles. Equally, it turned
out to be the perfect vehicle for
catching enemy infantry platoons
off guard in open country.

Main:

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D 3 S 3

L 20 mm R Auto A 90 m

AP:

29

27

21



10

30

70

18
90 m

Armor:

1 30 2 15 3 15
4 30 5 15 6 15
G 1x MG 34
The German Army manufactured 100 units
of this light tank between 1943 and 1944.
Baptized with the name Panzerspähwagen
II, it was nicknamed Luchs ("lynx") by German troops. It was fitted with a 20 mm gun identical to that mounted on the SdKfz 222,
although it was slower than the latter owing to its heavier armor. It could be used in scout work or to harass the enemy during the
initial phases of the battle.

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German Army: Light vehicles
SdKfz 234 Puma Scout vehicle
M 300 C 11
Main:

SdKfz 234 Puma
Once the inefficiency
of the eight-wheeled
reconnaissance vehicles
was proven during the
invasions of Poland and
France, the German Army
began a programme in 1940
for the design of new
armored units. One of the
best decisions of this
programme was undoubtedly
the SdKfz 234 Puma.

L 50 mm R 4

AP:

94

86

67



10

30

70

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Wirbelwind AA vehicle
M 350 C 13

D 3 S - Y
Main:

A 130 m
34
130 m

25

AP:

29

27

21



10

30

70

18
100 m

Armor:

1 30 2 10 3 10
4 15 5 10 6 10

1 80 2 30 3 30
4 20 5 20 6 20

G 1x MG 34

G 1x MG 34

Armed with a 50 mm high velocity gun

The Wirbelwind was an adaptation of the

designed for light tanks, the Puma

Panzer IV, equipped with a quadruple 20 mm

had sufficient firepower to destroy any

anti-aircraft gun which replaced the original

reconnaissance vehicle that the enemy could deploy. The front armor was inclined to 30

turret.

not sufficiently armored and could be easily destroyed. For this reason, the SdKfz 234
operated better as a rapid response to enemy armored vehicles and not as infantry
support.

Although very vulnerable against enemy
tanks, the Wirbelwind turned out to be
excellent as an infantry support vehicle,
with fixed guns. Its four guns could wipe out an area

Nevertheless, the useful life of the Puma went further

in seconds and destroy any fixed enemy

than combat against light vehicles. Its speed

weapon and its crew before they could fire.

and maneuverability allowed it to

The turret and hull were sufficiently armored

overcome medium and

to protect from light weapons and anti-

heavy tanks in order

tank rifles, but its high profile

to attack them by their

was a perfect target for any

flanks and rearguard, causing serious

surviving anti-tank gun.

damage before disappearing to avoid
return fire. If the enemy was dominating
one area of combat with a medium or
heavy tank but did not have sufficient infantry support, the Puma could be a key element in
victory.

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D 4 S -

L 20 mm R Auto A 100 m

Armor:

mm to protect from the impact of anti-tank rifles and 20 mm guns, but the flanks were

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Wirbelwind
The Luftwaffe's air
supremacy during the start
of the conflict resulted
in the Wehrmacht rejecting
the development of an
anti-aircraft vehicle.
The first Flakpanzer
IV Wirbelwind was
manufactured in 1944, when
the allied air forces were
starting to gain ground.
In spite of their proven
efficiency in battle, only
100 units were made.

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German Army: Light vehicles
Flakpanzer I AA vehicle
M 260 C 11

Main:

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Tank destroyer
Hetzer Medium tank destroyer
M 500 C 23

L 20 mm R Auto A 100 m

AP:

29

27

21



10

30

70

18
Main:

100 m

27

L 75 mm R 6

Armor:

AP:

104

100

90

1 10 2 10 3 10
4 8 5 6 6 6



10

30

70

A 150 m
55
150 m

1 60 2 20 3 20

Only 24 vehicles were converted and sent to the front, where the limited crew protection made it a dangerous Achilles heel. It was

G 1x MG 42

especially efficient against enemy infantry and in operations for providing cover to troops against light vehicles. However, it lacked the

The most notable characteristic of the Hetzer

speed required to act as a fast intervention vehicle, a role that was performed better by the SdKfz 222 or SdKfz 234 Puma.

was its small size and low profile, which
made it easy to hide, turning it into a very

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Its armor was inclined such that it offered

Hetzer

effective protection far superior to what could

This light tank destroyer,
fitted with inclined
armor plates over the
whole hull, had a 75 mm
high velocity gun. It was
designed as an economical
alternative to other more
expensive models such
as the Jagdpanther and
Jagdtiger.

be hoped for from its 60 mm thickness.

Pz III Sapper Minesweeper
M 250 C 4

Just like the rest of the German tank destroyers, the gun was

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mounted on the hull, which restricted its ability to aim, putting
it out of service if it became immobilized. It was equipped with

Armor:

an upper machine gun which was remotely controlled

1 40 2 30 3 50

from the inside of the vehicle and could fire

G 1x MG 34

having to expose themselves to

The chassis of the Panzer III was adapted in order to produce auxiliary vehicles, which

at any angle without any crew member
enemy fire.

included this minesweeper. Its front wheels dug up and detonated mines found in its path
without damaging the vehicle itself. It had a front machine gun for defense, but it had to be
supported by troops who looked after its safety while it cleared the road of mines for the
remaining attack vehicles.

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D 4 S -

Armor:

This adaptation of the Panzer I was equipped with a 20 mm Flak 38 anti-aircraft gun mounted on an uncovered, revolving platform.

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German Army: Tank destroyer
StuG IV Ausf.G Medium tank destroyer
M 600 C 23
Main:

L 75 mm R 6

AP:

119

114



10

30

V 28

104

64
150 m

29
Nashorn Medium tank destroyer
M 900 C 38

D 4 S Main:

A 150 m

70

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L 88 mm R 8

AP:

229

221



10

30

202

92

70

180 m

Armor:

1 80 2 30 3 30
G 1x MG 42

1 30 2 30 3 30
4 30 5 15 6 15

Compared to the Hetzer, the StuG had a

The first prototype of this tank destroyer was

slightly higher gun and stronger armor on the

manufactured in Berlin using components

front and sides.

from the Panzer III and Panzer IV. The purpose of the design was to
counteract the potential shown by the Soviet tanks during Operation

However, the hull plates were not as inclined
as those of the Hetzer, especially on the

Designed as a gun for
providing infantry
support, the StuG IV
became famous for its tank
destroying work. This
model, the most widespread
and manufactured, was in
reality an adaptation of
the Panzer IV. Since the
entry into service of the
first StuG IV, produced in
1943, approximately 1,100
units were manufactured.

sides. It also had a machine gun mounted

D 4 S -

A 180 m

Armor:

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Barbarossa. The Nashorn (“rhinoceros” in German) had a PaK 43
L/41 gun protected by a shield and mounted on the rear part of the
chassis.

on the turret that could only fire to the front,
which, along with its lack of turret, weakened

The Nashorn carried one of the most effective anti-tank guns

its defense against infantry attack.

that existed during the war, the same as that mounted on the
fearsome Tiger II. Its ability to reach the enemy at huge distances
compensated for the disadvantages of its light armor and high
profile, easy to locate and reach when moving.
The unique combination of extremely weak armor, powerful gun and
high operating cost meant that the Nashorn had to be deployed
and managed with extreme care, and always had to be kept within
the maximum firing ranges, where its main weapon could destroy almost any medium tank. At medium range, it could penetrate and
destroy any heavy and super-heavy tank that the enemy deployed, as long as it fired first. As it did not have defense machine guns, it
was very vulnerable to vehicles that were lightly armed with 37 mm automatic guns, which could go through the weak armor and kill the
crew.

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5x

650x

1x

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22x

5x

1x

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German Army: Tank destroyer
Jagdpanzer IV Medium tank destroyer
M 1150 C 38
Main:

L 75 mm R 6

AP:

155

149



10

30

V 27

135

Main:

79
160 m

Entering into service in
1944, it took part in
mythical scenarios such as
Normandy and the Ardennes.
They showed a high tank
destroying performance,
but their lack of turret
prevented them from
becoming equally effective
as tanks.

L 88 mm R 8

AP:

229

221



10

30

202

180 m

1 80 2 40 3 20

1 80 2 50 3 40

G 1x MG 42

G 1x MG 34

This tank destroyer, the first prototype of

Their production started in 1944, with nearly

which was manufactured in 1943, was a

400 units manufactured. Used mainly in

modification of the Panzer IV, armed with the

the Eastern Front, they also took part in key

75 mm gun used by the Panther. To increase its protection against penetrating projectiles,

battles such as the Battle of Normandy and the Ardennes.

The extremely low profile of the
Jagdpanzer IV could cause the enemy
to confuse it with a Hetzer, but this error
could cost the enemy dearly.

The Jagdpanther was better than the Jagdpanzer in nearly all aspects. It had better armor,
was faster and better armed. It was higher than the Jagdpanzer IV, which exposed it more
to enemy fire. The 88 mm gun, the same as that mounted on the Nashorn and the Elefant,
was the most effective anti-tank weapon of the conflict, capable
of firing to extremely long distances with unbeatable penetration.
Though expensive, the Jagdpanther could destroy any heavy
enemy tank, although it continued to depend on
camouflage and surprise in order to fire before
the enemy.

Its weak point was the
lack of turret, although
the gun could aim at
a wide frontal angle,
even when immobilized,
therefore it continued to
be a dangerous enemy.

The 75 mm gun could penetrate
the front armor of any medium
tank at normal combat distances,
and its inclined front and good
armor made it very tough during
an exchange of fire.
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D 4 S 4

92

70

Armor:

It had a front
machine gun for
defending itself from
infantry attack.

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A 180 m

Armor:

the front vertical plate was replaced by an inclined one of the same thickness.

Jagdpanzer IV

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Jagdpanther Heavy tank destroyer
M 1800 C 38

D 5 S -

A 160 m

70

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Jagdpanther
This adaptation of the
Panther mounted an 88 mm
gun and had a powerful 700
HP engine. Equipped with
inclined armor both on the
front and on the sides,
the Jagdpanther was one of
the allied troops' most
feared tank destroyers.

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German Army: Tank destroyer
Elefant Super-heavy tank destroyer
M 2000 C 48

Main:

L 88 mm R 8

AP:

229

221



10

30

V 16

202

Main:

92
180 m

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Jagdtiger Super-heavy tank destroyer
M 2300 C 48

D 4 S 3

A 180 m

70

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L 128 mm R 15 A 180 m

AP:

213

209



10

30

198

103

70

180 m

Armor:

Armor:

1 200 2 80 3 80

1 250 2 80 3 80

G 1x MG 34

G 1x MG 34

The first prototypes of the Tiger, designed

Designed in 1943, this was the heaviest

in 1941 by Porsche, were subsequently

armored tank destroyer of the war: although

adapted by the Henschel company in order to manufacture the Elefant.

the German Army ordered 150 units of

Equipped with an 88 mm PaK 43 gun, the final design included an additional

this 76 ton vehicle, in the end only 88 were

front armor plate that increased the total thickness up to nearly 200 mm. Its

manufactured.

baptism of fire took place at the Battle of Kursk, where several mechanical
failures forced a rethink of some of its design characteristics. After carrying
out some improvements, such as the introduction of a front machine gun, the
Elefant was used again in operations carried out in Italy, Poland and Berlin.

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The front armor of the Jagdtiger was simply impassable: it had no weak
point. Its massive 128 mm gun had the same range as the 88 mm mounted
on the Elefant and Tiger II, although its exit velocity was lower which
reduced its penetration capacity. However, its higher caliber caused much

Next to the Jagdtiger, the Elefant was without doubt one of the most fearsome

more serious damage when it penetrated the armor of an enemy tank and

defensive weapons of any arsenal in the Second World War. Its front armor

offered excellent firepower when firing explosive projectiles.

was practically impenetrable from any distance, and its gun could destroy the
heaviest of tanks. The cost of deploying one of these immense vehicles was
significant, and its performance much depended on the battlefield's layout
creating bottlenecks that the Elefant could defend without exposing its flanks
and caterpillar tracks, which were much less well protected than the gun mounting and the hull front.

Like the Elefant, the Jagdtiger was extremely slow. This made it vulnerable
in the flanks, making its sides and caterpillar tracks easy targets for the
enemy. Another weak point was its reload time: on inserting a projectile
and propellant charge separately into the gun, the rate of fire was low, as
occurred with the Soviet IS-2 and IS-3 models.

At short distances, the enemy could attempt to fire accurately against the main gun mounting. Protected by just 125 mm armor-plating,
this was the weak point of its front armor; even though it did not ensure the tank's destruction, one shot that penetrated the armor would
damage the main gun, leaving the tank defenseless.

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German Army: Self-propelled artillery

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Self-propelled artillery
Wespe Self-propelled howitzer
M 900 C 13
Main:

L 105mm R 70

V 24

D 4 S -

A 220

Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-219-0553A-15 / Koch / CC-BY-SA

The first Wespe was used
at the Eastern Front in
1943 and its success was
emphatic. From that time,
all operational Panzer
IIs were reserved for
production of new Wespe,
with a total of 680 units
manufactured between 1943
and 1944.

Main:

L 150mm R 75

V 24

D 4 S -

A 250

Armor:

Armor:

1 30 2 20 3 20

1 30 2 20 3 20

In 1940, it was proved that the main tank of

The Panzer Divisions revolutionized the

the German Army, the Panzer II, was now

war by creating battalions which had to be

no longer suitable for direct combat against

entirely motorized. However, they could not

enemy tanks. In spite of excellent mechanics,

have self-propelled artillery until the Wespe

it lacked the armor and armament required to

and Hummel entered service.

confront the most modern tanks.

Wespe

Hummel Self-propelled howitzer
M 1100 C 13

As for the Wespe, the Hummel was an

However, the iconic tank found the

adaptation of one of the most iconic tanks of

opportunity to extend its useful life when it was converted into a self-propelled artillery

the German Army: the Panzer IV. A gun was

vehicle. The conversion was simple and economical:

mounted on the chassis of this tank that was widely

all that was needed was to replace the turret with a

used by the Wehrmacht, the sFH-18 of 150 mm.

105 mm gun and install armor-plating for crew

Hummel
The first Hummels, a model
of which 500 units were
manufactured, were used at
the beginning of 1943 in
the offensive led by the
Panzer Divisions at the
Battle of Kursk.

protection.
Lightly armored, the Wespe
enjoyed good mobility
for pursuing armored
divisions and escaping
enemy fire. Furthermore,
it had a large caliber gun with
excellent range mounted on an
open-top roof.

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German Army: Self-propelled artillery
Panzerwerfer Self-propelled rocket artillery
M 1300 C 19
V 26
Main:

L 150mm R 120

A 180

37
Sturmtiger Self-propelled howitzer
M 10 C 48

D 2 S Main:

L 380mm R 90

Armor:

1 15 2 15 3 15
4 15 5 6 6 6

1 150 2 82 3 82

This artillery vehicle was born from the need

Designed as an infantry support weapon,

to give the Nebelwerfer rocket launchers more

its production was limited: between August

mobility, as the smoke trails they left after being

and December 1944, only 18 units were

fired made them an easy target for the enemy.

manufactured, adapting the battle-damaged

For this purpose, the chassis of the SdKfz 4

chassis of the Tiger I.

performed well in all types of terrain.

D 4 S 4

G 1x MG 34

The rocket launcher mounted, adapted
from a naval depth charge launcher, fired

The Panzerwerfer could fire salvos of five rockets before reloading.

projectiles containing up to 125 kg of

The projectiles fired, whilst heavier than those of other

explosive and were capable of destroying

nations, did not produce such a saturation effect but they

large concrete fortifications. Its excellent front

were individually more powerful.

armor protected it from the impact of any
anti-tank weapon at long distances, which

Around 300 units of
the Panzerwerfer were
manufactured between 1943
and 1944, some of which
were used to transport
ammunition.

V 20

A 130

Armor:

halftrack was chosen, which was rapid and

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Combat Guide

compensated for the long reload time of
the weapon. Although not designed as an
anti-tank weapon, the close impact of a 380
mm rocket was so powerful that it could even
destroy the best armored tanks.

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Sturmtiger
The need to destroy
buildings and fortified
positions became clear
following the experiences
of urban combat during
the Battle of Stalingrad,
which led to the
manufacture of this
assault gun constructed
on the chassis of a Tiger
I and armed with a 380 mm
naval rocket launcher.

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German Army: Tanks

Combat Guide

Tanks

PzKpfw III Ausf.J Medium tank
M 320 C 23

PzKpfw III Ausf.F Medium tank
M 280 C 23
Main:
AP:

65

L 50 mm R 4
59
47



10

30

V 24

D 5 S 4

A 130 m
27

70

39

Main:

L 50 mm R 4

AP:

94

86

67



10

30

70

V 30

D 5 S 4

A 130 m
34
130 m

Armor:

1 50 2 30 3 50
4 50 5 30 6 30

130 m

Armor:

1 30 2 30 3 21
4 50 5 30 6 30

G 2x MG 34
The arrival of the Soviet T-34 at the eastern front compelled the German Army to

G 2x MG 34

accelerate development of the Panzer III. So, between 1941 and 1942, 1,500 units

The development of the Panzer III began in the 30s. Designed to confront other armored

of the Ausf.J were manufactured which included the 50 mm KwK 39 gun, longer,

fighting tanks, the first versions (from the Ausf. A to the Ausf. E), were equipped with a

more accurate and with greater penetration capacity than its predecessor.

37 mm short gun, providing a more than satisfactory performance until 1940. However,
later models of the Ausf. F included the 50 mm Kwk38 L/42 gun in response to the better

Furthermore, in the Ausf. J the front and rear hull armor was replaced with a 50

armor and armaments of the British Matilda and Churchill tanks, and above all, the

mm steel plate. In addition, armor plates were installed, spaced on the turret and

powerful Soviet T-34.

hull to protect from Russian anti-tank rifles and a new and powerful 320 HP engine

As far as the armor was concerned, the first versions had 15 mm steel plates on the hull
and turret. However, the thickness of these plates in the D and F models was doubled.
For its part, the turret was protected with 30 mm steel on the sides and 50 mm on the
front, a tank which was impenetrable with the anti-tank armament used by the allies until
1942.

was added (90 HP more than its predecessors).
From 1943, the Panzer III was relegated to support missions, and the lead role
was transferred to the Panzer IV and Panther.
The Panzer III Ausf. J was an excellent medium tank with capacity to destroy

However, the advance of the war at the eastern front showed that the Panzer III had become obsolete for confronting the T-34. Although

other, better armed and armored medium tanks such as the Soviet T-37 and the

it was decided to continue its production as a support vehicle, it is certain that Germany concentrated all its efforts towards improving

American M4 Sherman. Its powerful engine allowed it to reach higher speeds

the performance of its big brother, the Panzer IV.

than previous models and gave it excellent mobility. Specifically, this tank needed

The Panzer III was an excellent medium tank for the first stages of the battle. Although inferior, it was capable of finding success
against the American Shermans and the Soviet T-34s, and at a much lower cost. Excellent as close support for infantry units, its 50 mm
gun could hold the line to any enemy light tank and scout vehicle.

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speed in order to survive, but due to the reinforced hull armor, its straight,
uninclined plates offered little protection against the enemy's tank weapons and heavy guns, and its side armor was unsuitable for
confronting any contemporary anti-tank weapon.

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German Army: Tanks
PzKpfw IV Ausf.F1 Medium tank
M 360 C 25
Main:
AP:

50

L 75 mm R 6
47
42



10

30

Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1979Anh.-001-10 / Unknown / CC-BY-SA

The Panzer IV was the
most used German battle
tank during World War II.
Initially, it was designed
as a medium infantry
support tank, but when
war became a reality it
replaced the Panzer III
as an anti-tank vehicle,
as the larger size of its
turret allowed it to mount
more powerful anti-tank
weapons.

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Until the development of the Ausf.F1 model,

V 28

D 5 S 4

A 130 m
34

all versions had the KwK 37 L/24, a short
75 mm gun which fired high explosive
ammunition against anti-tank guns,
barricades and scarcely protected positions.
However, it showed a lack of accuracy, low

130 m

Armor:

speed of projectiles and average penetration

1 50 2 30 3 20
4 60 5 20 6 20

capacity.

G 1x MG 42

PzKpfw IV Ausf.F1

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G 2x MG 34

The first Panzer IV A had 30
mm steel armor with hardly
any inclination at the front part
of the turret and hull, 15 mm
on the flanks and 10 mm on
the upper part of the turret
and on the belly.

The Panzer IV Ausf.
F1 was the last Panzer
model equipped with
a KwK 37 L/24 low
velocity gun, which
gave rise to different
problems but also
some advantages.

Fulfilling its support tank role, it could not fight
face to face against medium tanks as the
main gun did not have sufficient penetration
capacity.
However, that same gun allowed it to attack
enemy gun emplacements that were firing in
low parabolas over small hills and obstacles
on the ground, above those which could hide
without even exposing themselves to hostile
fire. And with a little bit of luck, it could hit
the upper part of an enemy tank, where the
armor was weaker. The speed of movement
of the Panzer IV was slightly inferior to that of
the Panzer III and comparable to that of the
Soviet T-34, which allowed it to move rapidly
in order to remain undercover and continue
providing support to its infantry units.

Combat experience required the
front hull armor thickness to be
increased to 50 mm on the E
and F models.

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German Army: Tanks
PzKpfw IV Ausf.G Medium tank
M 400 C 25

Main:

L 75 mm R 6

AP:

110

107

99



10

30

70

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PzKpfw IV Ausf.H Medium tank
M 600 C 25

D 5 S 4
Main:

A 130 m
75
130 m

43

L 75 mm R 6

AP:

120

115



10

30

D 5 S 4

A 150 m

104

64

70

150 m

Armor:

Armor:

1 50 2 30 3 20
4 50 5 30 6 30

1 80 2 30 3 20
4 50 5 30 6 30

G 1x MG 42

G 1x MG 42

G 2x MG 34

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G 2x MG 34

June, 1941. The German Army confronted

The Panzer IV Ausf.H included the KwK 40

Soviet tanks for the last time and proved that the T-34, with its 45 mm inclined

L/48 gun, which was double the length of its

armor favoring the rebound of impacting projectiles, and the KV-1, with its

predecessor and, thanks to the projectile exit

100 mm front armor, were difficult to defeat.

velocity (790 m/s), its penetration capacity

PzKpfw IV Ausf.H

and firing range was considerably increased.
In November of that same year, the manufacture was ordered for a gun
equivalent in performance to the PaK 40 anti-tank gun, to be installed in the
Panzer IV, whose turret could house a superior weapon. In March, 1942, the
first units under the name of Panzer IV Ausf.F2 came to light, but soon after
entering service they were rechristened as Ausf.G.

Compared with the G model, the new front armor of the Ausf.H notably increased its
capacity for survival and its gun increased the probability of causing
damage at medium distance and of reaching targets
located even further away. However, the turret armorplating did not show any improvement, and

Given its excellent performance against the Sherman and the allied T-34, its
low cost and mechanical reliability, production of the Panzer IV continued
even after the Panther medium tank, better armored and armed, entered
service.

therefore an impact
in that area could
render its main
weapon useless and leave the
vehicle defenseless.

In short, the Panzer IV Ausf.G was an example of excellent German engineering, with an exceptional balance between armament,
armor and mobility. It could carry out tank support tasks to the infantry perfectly and destroy medium tanks, even though its uninclined
front armor continued to make it vulnerable to large caliber anti-tank weapons such as the previous models.

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Inventory:

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5x

1.500x

1x

56x

32x

5x

1.825x

1x

Since June, 1943, all
the new Panzer IV models
received 80 mm armor
on their front part.
Moreover, a considerable
number of Ausf.H were
equipped with additional
armor plates separate to
the hull and turret. The
aim of this reinforcement
was to protect the
vehicles from Russian
anti-tank rifles and
hollow charge projectiles
which were fired from
allied PIAT and bazookas
(infantry anti-tank
launchers).

44

German Army: Tanks
PzKpfw VI Tiger Tanque pesado
M 1100 C 40
Main:
AP:

142

L 88 mm R 6
136
124



10

30

V 22

D 5 S 4

Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-J14953 / CC-BY-SA

Towards 1941, the course
of the war forced Germany
to design a new battle
tank model that would
abandon the mobility and
speed of movement in
exchange for an increase
in its firepower with a
heavier gun, and better
armor protection. Pzkw VI
Ausf. H was the original
name chosen for the
future tank and among
the prototypes that were
designed, the Elefant and
Tiger, among others, were
born.

surrender of Germany. Without a doubt, the
of the Panzer V and four times more than the
Stug III) conditioned its production and, who

160 m

knows, may even have prevented Germany

1 100 2 82 3 82
4 100 5 82 6 82
G 1x MG 42

of 1942 and remained active until the
elevated manufacturing costs (double that

Armor:

PzKpfw VI Tiger

45

The Tiger I entered service at the end

A 160 m
75

70

Combat Guide

G 2x MG 34

One of the most significant features
of the Tiger I was its resistant 102
mm front armor compared with the 80
mm thickness of the final Panzer IV
models.

Its design, with uninclined
plates, did not undergo
many changes, the reason
for which some projectiles
could rebound against the less
protected parts of the vehicle,
such as the upper part of the
hull or the join with the turret.

from changing the course of the war in
Europe.
In total, 1,350 Tiger I and 500 Tiger II were
manufactured. At that same time the United
States produced more than 40,000 Sherman
tanks and the Soviet Union 80,000 T-34s.
The Tiger I gave excellent performance in
open country, firing at enemy tanks from
long ranges. Although it was not as slow
as the monstrous Tiger II, its low speed of
movement made it vulnerable to flanking
maneuvers and in close quarters combat.
Only a small number of allied weapons
could penetrate the front armor of a
Tiger at medium distance: the American
M4A3E8(76)W and M26 Pershing, the British
17-pdr QF anti-tank gun and the Russian
IS-2 and IS-3, as well as the American M36
Slugger tank destroyers and Soviet SU-100.

The 88 mm KwK 36 gun, one
of the most powerful of World
War II, stood out because of
its great long range accuracy
and its excellent penetration
capacity.

The British M4A4 VC Firefly, a variant of the

As the sides were protected by
80 mm thick steel plates, the
vehicle was prepared to repel
projectiles from the majority
of enemy anti-tank guns.

Sherman armed with a massive anti-tank
gun, was one of the few medium tanks
capable of destroying a Tiger I at long
range.

Inventory:

51x

27x

5x

3.275x

1x

46

German Army: Tanks
PzKpfw V Panther Medium tank
M 1350 C 40
Main:
AP:

155

L 75 mm R 6
149
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10

30

70

V 32

D 5 S 4

A 160 m
79

In September, 1942, line
production began of
the Panzerkampfwagen V
Panther, the tank designed
in response to the
powerful Soviet T-34. In
fact, the German engineers
opted to equip the Panther
with the main features of
the enemy tank: inclined
armor, wide caterpillar
tracks and larger wheels
to improve mobility on the
soft ground of the Russian
winter, and a large
caliber gun.

production of this vehicle, involving several
factories from different companies. In 1943,
an average of 150 units were manufactured
per month (380 in July) and the total number
of units produced by March of 1945 was

160 m

6,000.

1 82 2 50 3 40
4 110 5 45 6 45

PzKpfw V Panther

47

Germany assigned maximum priority to the

Armor:

G 1x MG 42

Combat Guide

G 2x MG 34

The main gun, a 75 mm KwK 42
manufactured by Rheinmetall, did
not stand out due to its caliber, but
its large cartridge made it one of the
most powerful anti-tank weapons of
the war, as it had greater penetration
capacity than guns such as the 88 mm
fitted on the Tiger I.

Without a doubt, one
of the most significant
elements of this tank
was its hugely powerful
Maybach 23 liter, 700
HP engine, capable of
driving 43 tons of vehicle
at speeds equivalent to
those of the T-34 and
superior to those of any
other heavy tank.

The first models had a 60 mm, smooth steel
armored plate welded, although this was
increased to 80 mm on the front part. In
addition, the hull was covered in zimmerit,
an anti-magnetic material which gave it its
unmistakable rough appearance.
Excellent as tank destroyers, the Panthers
could use their mobility and excellent battle
gun to destroy any medium tank with only a
single shot and to surround heavy tanks with
the objective of attacking their vulnerable
flanks. Their only weak point was their
limited side armor, which made it advisable
for them not to confront two threats located
in different positions.
The Panther was considered as one of the
best tanks of World War II. In fact, once the
conflict ended, the excellent combination of
mobility, firepower and protection continued
to inspire the design of new tanks.

This made up for its limited side
protection, considerably inferior to
that of the Tiger I, with extraordinary
front armor, impenetrable to allied
guns at medium ranges.

Inventory:

51x

27x

5x

1.600x

1x

48

German Army: Tanks
PzKpfw VI Kingtiger Super-heavy tank
M 2400 C 50
Main:
AP:

229

L 88 mm R 8 A 180 m
221
202
92



10

30

70

V 21

D 5 S 4

At first, Porsche received
the order to manufacture
170 units, but after
detecting some mechanical
deficiencies, the contract
was cancelled. At the
end of 1943, Henschel
began line production,
although continuous
allied air attacks on the
German factories slowed
the production rate. In
total, 487 units were
manufactured: 3 in 1943,
377 in 1944 and 107 in
1945. Each unit had its
serial number stamped on
the turret.

made, but production did not commence
until October, 1942. The aim was to create a
more powerful tank than the enemy tanks.
Re-nicknamed by German soldiers as

180 m

Königstiger (Bengal tiger), the first Tiger
II entered combat on July 18, 1944, in

1 150 2 80 3 80
4 180 5 80 6 80
G 1x MG 42

49

In May, 1941, the first Tiger II designs were

Armor:

PzKpfw VI Kingtiger

Combat Guide

Normandy, following the allied landings.
They also took part in the Battle of the
Ardennes, in Poland, Hungary and in the

G 2x MG 34

defense of Berlin. Among the allies it was
known as King Tiger or Royal Tiger.
Any frontal confrontation against the Tiger II

In order to increase the firepower,
the 88 mm Tiger I gun was replaced
by a new one of the same caliber but
capable of penetrating 100 mm of
armor plating at maximum combat
ranges.

would result in its opponent's destruction, as
its excellent 88 mm gun and highly accurate
sights were lethal for enemy tanks. Only the
American M-26 Pershing and the Soviet IS-2
could rival the Königstiger.
In spite of its large tonnage, the Tiger II
possessed good mobility, comparable with
that of the Tiger I and other allied tanks.
The turret turned slowly, which could be
a problem during short range combat. Even so, the side and rear armor, although less

For practical purposes, the
front armor of the Tiger II was
impenetrable to any allied
weapon, including the infantry
anti-tank weapons. Only the
British fixed 93 mm QF 3.7
anti-aircraft gun had any chance
of penetrating its armor, and this
weapon was rarely used against
tanks when in combat.

It was also opted to
increase the armor
wherever possible, without
excessive weight reducing
maneuverability on the
battlefield.

powerful than the front part, was capable of withstanding the impact of weapons mounted
on light tanks and many medium tanks. However, the ammunition storage system could
cause the tank to explode if a projectile penetrated the rear part of the turret. Destroying
a Tiger II required the coordination of several threats located at different attack angles.
Without a doubt, the presence of a Tiger II on the battlefield always attracted enemy
attention.

Inventory:

51x

27x

5x

900x

1x

50

German Army: Tanks
Tiger veterano Heavy tank
M 7 C 40

Main:

L 88 mm R 4

AP:

142

136



10

30

V 22

D 5 S 4

124

75

70

51

Transport and logistics

A 130 m

BMW R12 Motorcycle
M 60 C 5

V 45

D 2 S 1

Kubel VW82 Car
M 110 C 7.5

V 40

D 3 S -

SdKfz 251/1 Armored halftrack
M 125 C 5

V 33

D 2 S 8 Y

G 1x MG 42

160 m

Armor:

Inventory:

1 100 2 82 3 82
4 100 5 82 6 82
G 1x MG 42

Combat Guide

650x

G 2x MG 34

Throughout the war, for each Tiger I destroyed in combat, the German tank
defeated an average of 5.74 enemy tanks. Some units, such as the 13 Grossdeutschland
Panzer Company (16.67 to 1), the SS-Panzer-Abteilung 103 (12.28 to 1) and the PanzerAbteilung 502 (13.08 to 1) more than exceeded that average.

G 1x MG 42
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1.250x
Ten Tiger commanders managed to destroy more than 100 enemy tanks.
Kart Knispel was believed to have 168 kills, Otto Carius, more than 150.
Other distinguished commanders included Johannes Bölter (139) and
Michael Wittmann (138). At the end of the war, Tiger I crews were made
up of men who had fought together in dozens of battles. Precisely one of

Armor:

those experienced crews was the one which drove the veteran Tiger. Although this was a vehicle that was technically identical to the

1 15 2 15 3 15

rest of the Tiger tanks, the combat experience of these men allowed them
to fire their fearsome 88 mm gun with greater efficiency and precision,
while also reducing the reload time, with the advantage that this brings to
the battlefield.

G 1x MG 42
The SdKfz 251 was designed to transfer the
Panzergrenadiers from the mechanized infantry

The veteran Tiger also had larger quantities of the scarce and expensive
APCR ammunition (compound type penetrant), ideal for firing against
extremely well armored enemy tanks in medium and short range combat.

divisions to the battlefield. It was the most
numerous armored halftrack of the war, with more
than 15,200 vehicles and variants in service, produced by different firms. The SdKfz 251 was used as a base in the design of many
adaptations: ammunition transports and artillery, self-propelled mortars, reconnaissance and engineering vehicles and even command
vehicles.

Inventory:

51x

Inventory:

27x

10x

3.275x

1x

3.550x

24x

12x

12x

12x

1x

52

German Army: Transport and logistics
Opel Blitz 3.6 (transport) Supply truck
M 50 C 5

V 36

D 2 S 10 Y

Combat Guide

Special attacks
Goliath
M 2 C 0

Transported ammunition and supplies
for the infantry troops.

a

The Sdkfz 302, first prototype of the Goliath,

Inventory:

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53

with an electric motor and capacity for 60 kg

2.000x

500x

10x

20x

10x

10x

15x

1x

of explosives, was created in 1940. This first
version measured 120 cm in length and only 30 in
height and was controlled from a remote control

Opel Blitz 3.6 (supplies) Supply truck
M 150 C 5

connected to the vehicle by steel cable, which transmitted the orders from the remote

V 36

D 2 S - Y

expensive to manufacture and maintain in combat, therefore a new model was designed

Transported supplies for the infantry,

that was fitted with a more reliable petrol engine and three times cheaper to make, which

as well as ammunition for all types of gun and large

was called SdkFz 303a and its explosive charge was increased to 75 kg. One final version,

weapons used by the German Army. It also carried

with an explosive charge of 100 kg was produced, named SdkFz 303b.

additional Jerry cans of fuel.

In 1942, the General Staff of the Germany Army approved the final design, propelled

Inventory:

5.000x

operator. The SdKfz 302 was operated by an electric motor, but this turned out to be

by petrol, of which 7,564 units were made. It entered service in the spring of 1942,

2.000x

500x

10x

20x

10x

10x

30x

2x

demonstrating its efficiency in the demolition of bridges and buildings and in tank
destruction. As well as the success that it had during the conflict, the technology used in

100x

Ammunition for all types of weapon and gun used by the German army

the design of Goliath established the basis for future development of remotely controlled
vehicles.
The Goliath 303 weighed 430 kg and could reach a speed of 12 km/h on unstable terrain, human walking speed. Although not suitable

Opel Blitz 3.6 (engineers) Supply truck
M 250 C 5

V 36

D 2 S - Y

for reaching moving tanks or dodging enemy fire, its small size helped it to camouflage itself in the undergrowth and advance through
ditches or uneven land without being detected. However, its low profile forced it to go along relatively flat ground, as it could not get

Transported supplies for the installation of defensive

past raised obstacles nor advance through ruins. The whole of its structure was armored with 10 mm of steel, which protected it from

elements, as well as mines and spare fuel.

small arms fire.
The vehicle had several camouflage bushes in its inventory, in order to hide the weapon and lay in ambush. The explosive power of
Goliath was sufficient to demolish entire buildings and destroy any nearby tank no matter how well armored.

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24x

24x

30x

20x

2x

5x


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