The First Panzer

David Fletcher investigates the origins of the Panzer and its use in World War Two

Panzer Is, type A by the look of it, in Spain with Franco’s forces
MAIN IMAGE: Panzer IB with the longer chassis
David Fletcher

If you are given to reading books about German tanks of World War Two you will probably find the Panzer I dismissed in most of them as a training tank. “If that is so,” once asked a friend, “why did the Germans bother to armour it and why fit a pair of machine guns; surely for training purposes one would suffice?”

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