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Panther and JagdPanther

This month being the last new entry for this D-Day anniversary Website we feel we can offer two for the price of one!

Panther

Tank Museum photo No. 1950/B/5 Tank Museum photo No. 1950/B/5

Our exhibit, which has been moved since this photograph as taken is an ausfuhrung G. It was completed after the war under control of occupying British forces and is in almost mint condition.

Tank Museum photo No. 3618/A/2 Tank Museum photo No. 3618/A/2

Although it did not match the Tigers in terms of firepower or protection Panther was still a big tank and arguably a more balanced design. It was certainly more than a match for virtually any AFV in the Allied armoury.

Tank Museum photo No. 4642/E/4 Tank Museum photo No. 4642/E/4

Much is made of the shape of this tank; in particular the sloping side and frontal armour. However this was compromised to some extent because the Panther, like all German tanks of that time, had the transmission and drive sprockets at the front (see the unit in front of the tank) which prohibited amore oblique slope at the front.

Tank Museum photo No. 5862/F/1Tank Museum photo No. 5862/F/1

Jagdpanther

Our Jagdpanther, like the Panther, was assembled post-war under British control and spent a long time outdoors, so it is not so complete. Even so it is a formidable-looking piece of equipment armed with the Tiger's 88mm gun.

Tank Museum photo No. 4934/C/3 Tank Museum photo No. 4934/C/3

In this picture, taken before the last repaint was complete, one gets and excellent view of the sloped front hull plate. At first these self-propelled weapons suffered from final drive failure since they needed to turn frequently to aim the gun, which a tank would not have to do.

Tank Museum photo No. 5524/F/3Tank Museum photo No. 5524/F/3

A view of the superstructure from the back, showing the massive hull escape door. The so-called ‘ambush' pattern camouflage suggests, quite rightly, that the Jagdpanther was primarily a defensive weapon rather than the ‘hunter' that its name implies. However they could be used aggressively, as an item on out Stories page reveals.


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