The German word for a tank (as an armored vehicle) or armor in general.
The Panzer was not just a simple tank, but an impressive series of armored vehicles that served the German army in WWII. The Panzer divisions used blitzkrieg tactics to crush all resistance in Poland in less than two months. This success was repeated against France in 1940.
A Panzer division consisted of a four-battalion tank brigade, motorized infantry and artillery, and support units. Before this time tanks had been used in mix with other troop types, but the German success galvanized the other armies into organizing similar divisions.
The late model Panther and Tiger versions were terrors of the WWII battlefield, able to destroy enemy units at long range. However, by this point in the war, the German army was on the defensive.
Most WWII wargaming simulations use the Panzers as their centerpiece. These capable and destructive units command these virtual battlefields like no others.
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