''Panzerfraulein Alteseisen'' (Kōtetsu no Shōjo-tachi, "Steel Girls") is a {{manga}} written by Tezuka Kazuyoshi and drawn by Nogami Takeshi (under the name of Shiketamiga).

The story is set in another world, where the Kingdom (which is not TheKingdom) is fighting a {{hopeless war}} against the powerful [[TheFederation Federation]]. In order to change the tide, the Kingdom deploys its Wölfin tank, which is still relatively new. However, because of the small size of the tank, its crew has to consist of young girls. These newly-conscripted green units are then mocked as Iron scraps for their lack of training. The story focuses on the everyday life (and more often than not, struggle for sheer survival) of one such unit.

Although categorized as a {{Shonen}} manga, the story has no heroes, and most of the manga depicts the everyday life of the titular girls and the the harsh battles they find themselves in. It also depicts a lot of gruesome deaths and injuries on the battlefield, as well as atrocities committed by both sides in the war.

Not to be confused with the happier ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', even though they share the same character design.

!! This show provides examples of:

* AFatherToHisMen - General Anton is implied to be this.
* TheAllegedCar: The Wolfin is weaker than most RealLife WWII tanks, but the Lean Wolf is even worse.
* ArmiesAreEvil - Apparently all federal soldiers with faces are all evil, and the Royal Army is not composed of saints either. The Imperial [[strike:Army]] "Police Garrison" is probably the only army which has not eaten a kitten.
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding]]: Most people live; some learn to kill, some invent the Blitzkrieg, and Reta switches sides.
* BlackShirt - Seems to have a big influence on the Kingdom, with most high-ranking officers joining them. [[spoiler: They later trigger a mutiny and kill most of the government officials in the Kingdom.]]
* TheCaptain - Lieutenant Eona, the leader of the tank unit. [[spoiler: She does get promoted to Captain afterwards.]] Rita, the platoon leader of the first platoon also counts.
* ChildSoldier - The Kingdom employed an unit of pre-teen child soldiers as a last resort. Fortunately, they are quickly disbanded and never fight the war. All Kingdom tank crews are teenagers [[TruthInTelevision employed for their size]], because their tanks' projection needs to be low enough.
* FanDisservice - Most scenes with naked girls will make you feel disgusted rather than turned on.
* TheFederation - The Federation might be this or TheEmpire.
* '''{{Gorn}}'''
* GovernmentInExile - The Dukedom of Rania after the Kingdom takeover. Implied to be a puppet regime of the Federation.
* GratuitousGerman - The title means "[[WordSaladTitle tank lady]] [[WordSaladTitle old iron]]".
* HopelessWar - The Kingdom is fighting against the entire world, and the situation worsens as the story progresses.
* HilariousInHindsight: When ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'' came out, the Ltraktor bears a strong resemblance to the Wolfin. Later VK7201 looks like a Wolfin too.
* InterserviceRivalry - Shortly between the Infantry and the Tank units of the Kingdom.
* MagnificentBastard - The Police Inspector from the Empire. Lieutenant Colonel Clarissa Argaia might also count.
* MilitaryMoe: The Kingdom's new tanks can only be piloted by cute teenage girls.
* OneFederationLimit - There are one Kingdom, one Federation, one Empire (technically part of the Federation), one Free City and one Dukedom mentioned in the story.
* PointyEars - The people of the dominant ethnicity of the Dukedom have them, which mysteriously still enables them to wear headphones without any problems.
* RapeAsDrama - An occurring theme of the manga, mostly after some of the girls get captured by the Federal Army. [[spoiler: Also leads to the plot of the last chapters.]]
** The Prince of Rania suffers from his Federation-appointed general.
* RedshirtArmy - Both sides suffer from it more often than not.
* LaResistance - Formed by the locals after the Kingdom annexed the Dukedom of Rania.
** Doubles as TorchesAndPitchforks.
* MythologyGag: In ''Sailorfuku to Juusensha'', Eona is seen pestered by ghosts while visiting the Sacred Valentine Tank.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism - Surprisingly slightly towards idealism. Despite all the horror on or off the battlefield, most of the protagonists and main characters are shown to be good.
* SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder - The Iron Scraps, later renamed as the Steel Girls, is an in-universe example.
* TankGoodness - Most tanks in the manga falls into this.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines - Chapter 5.
* [[spoiler: WarForFunAndProfit -Apparently one of the reason the war is degenerating into ForeverWar is due to the fact that weapon manufacture is the cornerstone of the industry of the Kingdom.]]
* '''WarIsHell'''