Thursday, June 16, 2011
The Panzers: Panzerkampfwagen V Panther
The Panzer V was designed in 1942 to counter the Russian T-34. The winning proposal, by MAN, had a turret centered relatively far back in the hull and sloped armor on the front, sides and turret sides. its main armament was a long 75mm gun. Its main problems laid in the unreliable and complicated engine and suspension, meaning the tank was prone to breakdowns. THE PANTHER IN SERVICE. The Pzkpfw V saw its first major action at the battle of Kursk, where most of the tanks broke down. Many of the problems of the early -D models were corrected in the most common model, the Ausf. G. This model gave excellent service, and was in many ways at least marginally better than its closest competitor, the up-gunned T-34/85. In 1945, a new Panther using the new small turret was planned, but never went into service. However, the Patton museum of Cavalry and Armor in Ft. Knox, KY, has one Panther II fitted with an Ausf. G turret.