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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2018 8:03 p.m. PST

"The idea of replacing the La.S.100, or the PzII, with a superior vehicle was born in January of 1937. The result was the La.S.138, otherwise known as the PzII Ausf. D and Ausf. E, created by MAN and the famous tank designer Heinrich Kniepkamp. The tank had a progressive torsion bar suspension, but its service did not last for long. It was clear that the story of the La.S.138 was developing poorly by the summer of 1938, before the tank even entered production. The result of this understanding was the development of another tank, which was supposed to replace both the La.S.100 and La.S.138…."
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Legion 409 Apr 2018 3:07 p.m. PST

Like many German designs, they spent a lot of time over engineering and not being able to produce as large a numbers as they needed.

Regardless … they would have been better not "wasting" so much time and assets on trying to prefect a lightly armed and armored AFV like this. Even if it was just to be a Recon vehicle.

It appears to me they had a number of other AFVs that could do that job. Albeit, many of their recon/scout vehicles were wheeled. This being tracked seems to be it's only advantage.

Maybe that was what they were thinking … ?

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