I came across data that said that due to a shortage of tank for Operation Barbarossa the Germans mounted captured French Hotchkiss 37mm L/33 A/T guns in the turrets of a number of PzII ausf F's.
The Stock gun manlet was used but the coax MG's was removed to make room.
"The Wehrmacht rearmed a few Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F with captured 37 mm L.33 guns prior to Operation Barbarossa in 1941. The gun was mounted centrally through the existing mantlet, and the tank lost its coaxial MG. In theory, these vehicles should have been designated Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G, and one each was allocated to a Pz.Kpfw. II platoon. The vehicle enjoyed success against the lightly armoured Russian BT-5, BT-7, T-26.A, T-26.B, T-26.S and T-28 tanks."
This would seem to be a easy and historically accurate version of the PzII that would be very useful for early Ostfront maps.
pics! links! more info! (I like the idea, though have to see some numbers that had this conversion to gauge its releative impact)
OHHH, that sounds like a very cool idea. Good find Anlushac!
i was gonna say......how many were affected?
Its not like it would be so hard to convert the model to have a cannon. Great find indeed! *hugs anschluc*
Oh, BTW: You do you that you could change your name to Bonta Kun if you wanted, right?
Well, I cant find anything else so far on the PzII's with 37mm Hotchkiss cannon. I did find reference to some PzII's that had 50mm L/60's installed. Problem is it would require a new FH model as it is the late model with the SdKfz 250 suspension and much different hull.
Well first we'd need those early Barbarossa maps... :uhm: