Tuesday, 13 March 2012

WW1 German Panzers part 1

Part 1

Considering how powerful the armored division was for Germany in world war 2 it was near nothing in world war 1. During the early 1900s the idea of using Motors in combat vehicles was wide spread across Europe.
there was only two types of Armored Vehicles there was the train and a Armored car.

                                                     German Armored Car 1917 Erhardt

The Erhardt E-V/4 was the only German Armored car that went into serial production. most saw service in Russia in 1918 on occupation duty.

                                                   Erhardt in Russia 1918

1914 the German Military showed very little interest in development of a Tracked vehicle.
The Germans only started to take note during the first months of WW1 when they faced Armored cars from the British France Belgian forces.
On November 3rd 1914 the German army placed orders for some prototypes Radpanzer (Armored Car) from 3 firms Daimler-Unterturkheim Bussing and Erhardt. All three Prototypes was delivered
to the new Panzerkraftwagen-MG-Zug1 (Armored Motor Vehicle MG Platoon 1) The Daimler was the first to deliver in March 1916. the new unit was sent to the Alsace front which was very quiet
very few opportunities for the new vehicles to prove there worth in combat so didn't encourage production.


                                               British Lancaster Armored Car WW1

                                       French Hunt-Robert Armored Car WW1

Belgian Minerva Armored Car WW1



  1. Some good photos there Vinnie.

    The Germans after their slow start in WW1 really learnt the lessons about the impact armour can have on the battlefield and showed that in the next war

    1. they did indeed I will share more as times go by on how the German and British develop tanks

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Fran I enjoying going over stuff again always back to Tanks

  3. Great info and photos Vinnie.

    1. Thanks I am interested in seeing how the Tank developed into what they are today from their Birth in WW!

  4. Nice post, the restrictions on troops and force after WWI really helped the Germans develop a fantastic early war army. But just like the storm troopers of WWI the cream was always sacrificied in early battles so that long term the quality of the soldier dropped off and whilst they had the best armour the qty was too low to compete long term


  5. that is a good point about the soldiers but German armored was feared like the Panzers etc in WW2