|Unit type||Mass Production Fire Support Fourth Generation Knightmare Frame|
|Dimensions||Overall Height: 4.10 Meters|
|Weight||Combat Weight: 8.79 metric tons|
|Powerplant||Yggdrasil Drive (Mark II)|
|Equipment and Design Features|
The Mk4-E2E8 Panzer Hummel (German for "Armored Bumblebee") is the European Union's first fully produced knightmare frame in Code Geass Megiddo.
Its Akito the Exiled incarnation, no design changes made.
Unlike the Britannian mindset for knightmare frames being designed to focus on close combat, the Panzer Hummel was meant to be a long-range oriented machine that provided fire-support for conventional armor and infantry. As such, it sported machine guns/cannons in place of arms, as well as mounting concealable slash harkens in its torso and grenade launchers on its hips. As well, true to its battle tank roots, the Panzer Hummel was heavily armored and quite capable of shrugging off even direct shots from heavy weapons, although this comes at the cost of speed and mobility when compared to the Britannian RPI-11 Glasgow or Chinese TQ-19 Gun Ru.
- SaH192 Slash Harken
- KwK121 30mm Machine Gun w/ 90mm Cannon
- StH41 65mm Grenade Launcher
- DuR370 Dual Cylinder Sensor Camera
- FuM212 Multispectral Sensor System
- VdM305 Landspinner Propulsion System
Not wishing to be outdone by Britannia, the European Union begins its own knightmare frame development program, headed by Krauss-Clement GmbH. Though Krauss-Clement would experiment with several designs much like the Britannians did with the Ashford Foundation's YF6-X7K/E Ganymede, it would not be until 2010, the Fourth Age of the knightmare frame's development, in which the EU's concept would be properly refined for military warfare. The result was the Mk3-E2E8 Panzer Hummel.
As Britannia often engaged the EU in multiple skirmishes, the Panzer Hummel had plenty of oppurtunities to do battle against the Britannian Glasgow. However, stalemate would be the most common outcome of these battles; while the Glasgow's weapons were incapable of doing any serious damage against the Hummel, the European knightmare was unable to strike the Glasgow due to the latter's superior speed and mobility. Because of these setbacks, the European Union would go on to reevaluate their design philosophy toward the knightmare frame, eventually conceding that mobility was just as essential in battle as durability. As such, the EU's next generation design, the Mk5-F2C4 Panther, would move away from the design lineage of the Panzer Hummel and instead would share more commonality with Britannian machines, such as its chief rival the RPI-13 Sutherland.
By 2025, the Panzer Hummel would largely be outdated by most modern knightmare frames, but would still remain in service to fill any gaps left within the European military structure. This was the case in the North African front of the Great World War, where General Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps, a specialized detachment of the German State Army, defended the continent against Britannian invasion, spearheaded by Eleventh Prince Lelouch vi Britannia's Third Army. Because the Britannians had recently invaded Western Europe and were pushing forward in Russia as well, the EU's logistics system was very much strained, and so by the time the Britannians launched an assault against the Libyan of capital Tripoli, only Panzer Hummels could be provided as reinforcements for the Afrika Korps.