Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf L ‘Luchs’. A significant redesign of the venerable PzKpfw II design, with an all-new suspension, it was an excellent recon vehicle, but by the time it was developed, Germany had much more pressing concerns, so only 50 were produced. The even further improved successor, VK1602 ‘Leopard’ never got beyond early prototype stage.
Next is the TOG II – heaviest tank in the museum, as the plaque proudly proclaims. The single prototype for a superheavy tank, protected by three inches of armor, armed with the 17-pounder cannon, and propelled by a 600hp diesel engine driving an electrical transmission, it was never adopted for service – no doubt thanks to someone in a position of authority having an attack of sanity. Good thing that someone didn’t work for Germans.