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The Panzers at the start of World War II was not particularly impressive. Heinz Wilhelm Guderian had planned for two main battle tanks, the Panzer III and the Panzer IV, The Panzer III was in production, but by the time of the invasion of Poland only a few hundred Panzer IV's were available to Wehrmacht Panzer divsions. Using Blitzkrieg, Heinz Guderian and other field commanders such as Erwin Rommel, rolled across Euroupe Poland, France, Yugoslavia and Greece which is astonishing considering the bulk of there amoured divsions were made up of the Panzer I's and Panzer II's and Czechoslovakian Panzer 38(t) and the Panzer 35(t)

The invasion of the USSR (Operation Barbarossa) In July 1941 the Wehrmacht had assembled 36 Panzer and motorized infantry divisions fielding over 3,000 AFV's. In June 1941, these tanks first encountered the Russian T-34's and the Wehrmacht Panzers were out classed in every respect.

Gallery:

Panzer I Ausf. A Sd.Kfz. 101 picture 2
Panzer II Ausf. C Sd.Kfz. 121 picture 3
Panzer III Ausf. D Sd.Kfz. 141 picture 4
Panzer IV Ausf. E Sd.Kfz. 161 picture 5
Panther I Ausf. A Sd.Kfz. 171 picture 6
Tiger I  Ausf. E Sd.Kfz. 181 piture 7

Sources:

German Military Vehicles.
ISBN-10: 087349783X

Armoured Fighting Vehicles of Germany World War II.
ISBN-10: 0214203077

Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World Two.
ISBN-10: 1854095188

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