Panzer II Ausf.F Originally intended as a training vehicle, delays in the production of the first German main battle tanks – PzKpfw III and IV – led to the use in combat of the armoured fighting vehicle II as a temporary stopgap solution. After 3 years in development, series production finally started in 1937 and continued in various versions (A – L) until 1942. A continuous programme of improvements and the reliability of the vehicle gave rise to its successful use in Poland and France at the