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Girls und Panzer (2012-2013)

Girls Und Panzer (ガールズ&パンツァー Gāruzu ando Pantsā) is a anime series that aired from October 9, 2012 to March 25, 2013.

In an alternate reality, "tankery," a sort of paintball with tanks using live ammunition that somehow never kills anyone, has become a form of sport. Sensha-dō, meaning the "way of the tank", has risen in popularity among women and has been running since the 1920s. Enter Miho Nishizumi, a new transfer student to the Ōarai Girls' Academy. Coming from a family of distinguished Sensha-dō tradition, she transfers to Ōarai, a school not having practised the sport in 20 years, to escape from tankery due to a past event, only for the school to bring back their Sensha-dō program and her two new friends, Saori Takebe and Hana Isuzu, to become very interested in it.

Despite her reasons to leave Sensha-dō, she agrees to attend when urged by the student council and touched by her friends' faith in her. Along the way, Miho picks up Yukari Akiyama and Mako Reizei as friends too. The Ōarai Sensha-dō group then began to salvage tanks left behind by the previously established Sensha-dō organization. After restoring a Panzer 38(t), a Type 89 I-Go, a StuG III, a M3 Lee, and a Panzer IV, the Ōarai Sensha-dō group are organized into teams to begin their competitive lives in the Sensha-dō community, with Miho as the team leader due to her experience.

Miho and her friends use the Panzer IV with her as the commander, Saori as the communicator, Hana as the gunner, Yukari as the loader, and Mako as the driver. With the team organized, the biggest challenge now awaits Miho: bringing the no-name school of Ōarai into the championship of the 63rd National High School Sensha-dō Tournament against other high-tier schools!

The following weapons were used in the anime series Girls und Panzer:

Submachine Guns

M1 Thompson

Rabbit Team watches Kelly's Heroes before the Sensha-dō tournament final. The box cover has soldiers holding M1 Thompsons.

M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
The box cover of Kelly's Heroes with soldiers and their Thompsons. (Ep.10)
Kelly carrying a Thompson slung over his shoulder during the animated adaptation of a key battle scene in the movie. (Ep.10)


During Yukari and Riko "Erwin" Matsumoto's discussion of winter boots, a Red Army soldier holding a PPSh-41 is shown.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Russian soldier with his PPSh-41. Oddly, the stock is black. (OVA #5)


Karabiner 98k

During the same discussion of winter boots, Wehrmacht soldiers are seen marching with Karabiner 98ks.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm
German soldiers in the snow with their Kar98s. (OVA #5)
A single soldier with his Kar98 slung over his back. (OVA #5)

M16 rifle series

While Yukari tells Erwin a story about a joint JSDF / US military exercise, US soldiers are seen with a variant of the M16 rifle series. As an aside, Erwin is Hippo Team's (co-)commander and radio operator, however their team doesn't make any further appearance on this page, as their Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III) has no firearms.

M16 - 5.56x45mm
US Soldiers in one of Yukari's explanation montages with M16s. (OVA #5)


In an explanation of the American MREs, Yukari is showing why the MREs are called "Meals Rejected by the Enemy", with soldiers holding stockless AK-47s.

AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
Soldiers with stockless AKs rejecting Yukari's MREs. It's unclear if Yukari is supposed to have a holstered pistol or if it's something else. (OVA #2)

Unknown Assault Rifle

In an explanation of military rations, one scene shows soldiers eating with two holding assault rifles. Though, not enough details seem to shown to make out the exact kind.

Soldiers eating rations by a fire. Closer inspection on the left two soldiers shows the weapon seems to have a triangular front sight on the left guy, but has a sliding stock of a HK on the guy to his right. (OVA #2)

Machine Guns

MG 34 Panzerlauf

The WWII German tanks appearing in the series are all equipped with coaxial and hull mounted MG 34 Panzerlaufs. Kuromorimine Girls High School all-German tank force (Tiger I, Tiger II, Panthers, JagdPanther, etc.) all have tank-mounted MG 34s as well.

MG 34 Panzerlauf - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Saori, Anglerfish Team's radio operator, mans a MG 34 without its stock (as is normal when the Panzerlauf is mounted) inside a Panzer IV. Part of the brass catcher seems to be missing here, since if fired like this the gun would simply cough out spent casings into the right-hand wall of the hull. While it may appear she is holding a second gun, this is actually the extra pistol grip and second trigger group of the hull-mounted version: the arm going to a piece of metal on her head is also part of the gun mount, intended to stop the radio operator's head bouncing around when using the optical sight on the hull machine gun while the tank is moving. (OP)
A Panzer III Ausf. J with the MG 34s visible on bow and coaxial in the introductory video of Sensha-dō. (Ep.1)
Anglerfish Team's Panzer IV Ausf. D with MG 34s on its coaxial and bow mounts. (Ep.3)
As the Panzer IV unloads a fired shell, we can see the MG 34 on the right. (Ep.6)
The Panzer IV Ausf. D in a garage. Here we can see clearly the bow and coaxial mount of the MG 34. (Ep.7)
Saori by the Panzer IV's MG 34. Note the double crescent trigger. (Ep.8)
The bow-mounted MG 34 on the Tiger(P) can be seen here, between its driver, Tsuchiya, and commander, Satoko Nakajima. (Ep.10)
A close-up of the bow-mounted MG 34 on the Panzer IV, which has been upgraded from Ausf. D to Ausf. H with extra frontal armor bolted on and schürzen side skirts on the turret and hull. (Ep.10)
A Tiger I with a MG 34 mounted on the bow. (Ep.11)
A MG 34 with a stock (which is abnormal when the Panzerlauf is mounted, as noted above) inside Erika Itsumi's Tiger II. Note the feed tray to carry the belt from the ammo pouch mounted on the right-hand side (tank's right, left in the shot) of the turret to the belt feed opening on the MG 34's left side: the right side of this feed tray acts as a brass deflector, with a catching bag attached to it. (Ep.11)
A MG 34 on a Panzer III Ausf. J on both bow and coaxial. (Ep.11)
The Panzer VIII Maus is deployed by Kuromorimine forces to turn the tide. (Ep.11)
Turtle Team, in their Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer, makes a charge against the Maus. (Ep.12)
A Jagdtiger presents its incredible 12.8 cm Pak 44 cannon with a visible bow MG 34 on the front glacis. (Ep.12)
Maho Nishizumi's Tiger I with a MG 34 on the bow and one on the coaxial. (Ep.12)


Turtle Team's Panzer 38(t) is equipped with two ZB-53 machine guns before being upgraded in Episode 10. St. Gloriana Girls Academy's tanks, which are the British Churchill Mk.VII, Matilda II, and Crusader Mk.II, use the Besa Machine Gun variants of the ZB-53. The Crusader is only seen once (and mentioned by Darjeeling on another occasion).

ZB 53 / vz. 37 machine gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Anglerfish Team finding a rusted 38(t) in the wilderness with two ZB-53 silhouettes sticking out. (Ep.2)
Turtle Team's restored 38(t) with the two ZB-53s. While student council president Anzu Kadotani does have a small frame, she's also further from the camera and isn't that small. (Ep.2)
The ZB-53 at the bow of the 38(t). (Ep.6)
The 38(t) in the snow with its ZB-53 machine guns. (Ep.9)
British Besa tank machine gun - 7.92×57mm Mauser
St. Gloriana's Churchill Mk.VII tank with coaxial and bow mounted Besa machine guns. (Ep.4)
A Matilda II tank with a coaxial Besa machine gun. (Ep.4)
A Crusader Mk.II is far left, beside Darjeeling's gunner, Assam; it features a coaxial Besa. (Ep.4)

Browning M1919A4

Rabbit Team's American M3 Lee tank is equipped with Browning M1919A4s. Saunders University High School exclusively uses American Sherman tanks armed with M1919A4 machine guns on bow and coaxial. The Ferret Mark 2 used by St. Gloriana's for Darjeeling and Orange Pekoe is equipped with a two-man turret that's outfitted for a Browning M1919-type MG.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield
Rabbit Team's M3 Lee tank with its coaxial M1919A4 MG on the top of the image. (Ep.2)
Saunders' Sherman tanks with M1919s on bow and coaxial mounts. (Ep.4)
Saunders' Sherman tanks with M1919s attacking Ōarai tanks. (Ep.5)
The M1919 inside Alisa's M4A1(76) Sherman tank, to the left of the loader. (Ep.6)
Darjeeling and Pekoe relax while waiting for the match between OH and KGHS to start. (Ep.10)
The coaxial M1919 on Rabbit Team's M3 Lee tank. (Ep.11)
The M3 Lee fires its coaxial machine gun. (Ep.12)
The M1919 inside the M3 Lee tank, next to the tank's commander, Azusa Sawa. (Ep.12)
Another shot of the parked Ferret, albeit to the rear (Ep.12)
A M3 Stuart tank is fitted with M1919 machine guns. (OVA #1)

Type 91 Tank Machine Gun

Duck Team's Japanese Type 89 I-Go Tank is equipped with two Type 91 machine guns (modified Type 11 machine guns for tanks)

Type 91 Light Machine Gun, differs from Type 11 with no stock and 1.5x scope - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
The Type 89 tank with a Type 91 MG on its bow. (Ep.2)
Radio operator Taeko Kondou holding the Type 91 inside the tank at bottom left. (Ep.2)
As commander and loader Noriko Isobe reloads the cannon, we can see the rear Type 91 from the inside. (Ep.2)
The Type 91 inside the Type 89 tank. (Ep.3)
Mako in the Type 89's driver seat near the Type 91. (Ep.7)
Taeko aiming the Type 91 inside the Type 89. (Ep.11)
The two Type 91s of the Type 89 can be seen on the outside here. (Ep.11)

Type 97 Light Machine Gun

Anteater Team's Type 3 Chi-Nu has a Type 97 light machine gun as a secondary weapon, and the Type 97 Chi-Ha tanks from Chi-Ha Tan Academy have a pair each, one on the bow and the other at the rear of the turret like the Type 89. Chi-Ha Tan Academy's Type 97s only make two brief appearances in the show, but will be featured in combat in the movie.

Type 97 light machine gun in tank configuration - 7.7x58mm Arisaka
Chi-Ha Tan Academy defeated by Kuromorimine. The rear Type 97 MG can be seen on the far left Type 97 tank. (Ep.6)
The Type 3 tank with a Type 97 MG on the bow, between Miho and Rabbit Team's driver, Karina Sakaguchi. (Ep.10)
Anteater Team and Miho with the Type 3 tank and its Type 97. The strange contraption on the roof is the AA mount for the commander's Type 97 light machine gun, though this is not present. (Ep.10)
A Type 97 Chi-Ha on display for picture taking. The bow MG is partly hidden behind the headlight, and is rather lacking in detail/color. (Ep.10)

Degtyaryov DT

Pravda High School's Soviet tanks, the T-34/76, T-34-85, IS-2, and KV-2, are all equipped with a Degtyaryov DT as a secondary weapon.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Two T-34-85s with DT machine guns on the bows. (Ep.8)
Two T-34/76s with DT machine guns on the bows. (Ep.8)
A T-34-85 with a DT machine gun on its bow. (Ep.9)
T-34s pursuing the Ōarai tanks fire their bow-mounted DTs for intimidation. (Ep.9)
A KV-2 tank with a DT machine gun on its bow. (OVA #5)

Reibel machine gun

Mallard Team's French Char B1 bis tank is equipped with a Reibel Machine Gun as a secondary weapon.

Reibel machine gun - 7.5x54 French
The Char B1 bis tank with a Reibel MG coaxial mounted to the turret. (Ep.8)

Fiat–Revelli Modello 1914

The Fiat–Revelli Modello 1914 is seen on a scale model of a Fiat 2000 tank, used in a Sensha-do-themed cafe as a buzzer to call the waiter.

Scale model of the Fiat 2000 with 6 Modello 1914s portruding out. (Ep.5).

Browning M2

A Browning M2 can be seen on some vehicles.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG
Two mockups of the Leclerc MBT are seen outside of a Sensha-do-themed cafe. (Ep.5).
A M2 Browning can be made out on top of a M10 Tank Destroyer scale model in Yukari's room. Note the M10 has a muzzle brake that resembles a 17-pdr for a Achilles, but has a rounded turret shape for a M36 Jackson. (Ep.5)
M2 Browning on an APC to the left of the Type 10 tank belonging to instructor Ami Chōno. (Ep.6)

Browning M2 Aircraft

As in the actual Kelly's Heroes, Oddball's Sherman tank in the animated segment based on the film is armed with a Browning M2 Aircraft instead of a regular M2.

Browning M2 Aircraft, Flexible - .50 BMG
A M2 Browning on a Sherman tank in an animated scene from Kelly's Heroes. Unlike in the film, it is fitted with an actual belt box rather than having a loose belt in the box holder. (Ep.10)

Wz. 30 Browning

A Polish 7TP tank from Bonple High School is seen with two Wz. 30 Brownings, one for each of its two turrets. It's not exactly clear what use a tank whose only armament is machine guns would be against other tanks.

Wz. 30 Browning - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An utterly demolished 7TP with two Ckm wz.30 sticking out of it. Note that Pravda's tanks are green here. (Ep.6)

Breda Modello 38

The Breda Modello 38 is seen with Anzio High School's various tanks.

Breda Modello 38 tank mounted machine gun - 8x59mm RB Breda
AHS's Ansaldo P26/40. (Ep.7).
AHS's CV-35 and Semovente 75/18 wrecked after OH defeats AHS. (Ep.7).

Maxim MG08

A German A7V tank appears during an introductory video of Sensha-dō with Maxim MG08 machine guns seen on it.

Maxim MG08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German A7V tank with multiple MG08 machineguns on its sides. (Ep.1)

Hotchkiss Mk.I

A British Medium Mark A Whippet tank appears during an introductory video of Sensha-dō with Hotchkiss Mk.I machineguns seen on it.

Hotchkiss Mk.I - .303 British
A Medium Mark A Whippet tank with four Hotchkiss Mk.I on the turrent (one on each side). (Ep.1)

Lewis Gun

A British Mark IV "female" tank appears during an introductory video of Sensha-dō with Lewis Gun seen on it. It's seen in the Nishizumi residence in an accurate Ukiyo e-based design.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
A Mark IV female tank with four Lewis guns in casemates (two on each side). (Ep.1)
An Ukiyo-e based design of the Mark IV behind Miho. (Ep.7)

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