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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Panzerkampfwagen V Ausf A(1), Panther, SdKfz 171 medium tank

Design

The first 20 were finished in November 1942. They had the commanders cupola that stuck out on the right side of the turret. Sometimes known as the D1. Hull gunner had MG 34 which fired through a vertical flap.

These 20 had only 60 mm of armor in the glacis plate and a Maybach HL-210 engine. It weighed 34.4 tons.

From 21 on, they had thicker armor and the Maybach HL-230 engine. It weighed 44 tons.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen V Ausf A(1)*
Crew 5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 44 tons, 45.5 tons, 44.8 tons
Length w/gun 8.86 m
Length w/o gun 6.88 m
Height 2.98 m, 2.99 m, 3.1 m
Width 3.42 m, 3.43 m, 3.44 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 0.56 m
Ground contact length 3.91 m
Ground pressure 0.73 (kg/cm2), 0.9 kg/cm2
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 75 mm L/70
75 mm KwK42 L/70
Secondary  
MG 2: MGs
2: 7.92 mm MG34
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 79
Secondary  
MG 5,100
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 60
Hull Front, Upper 60-80
80@55°
Hull Front, Lower 60@55°
Hull Sides, Upper 40
40@40°
Hull Sides, Lower 40@0°
Hull Rear 40
40@30°
Hull Top 16
16@90°
Hull Bottom 16
30-16@90°
Turret Front 100
110@11°
Mantlet: 100@round°
Turret Sides 45
45@25°
Turret Rear 45
45@25°
Turret Top 16
16@84-90°
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 230 P30
Maybach HL 210
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) ZF 7 gearbox
7 forward, 1 reverse.
Steering Clutch and brake
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity

730 liters

Road consumption 100 km/412 liters
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hydraulic.
Speed - Road 46 kph, 55 kph
Speed - Cross Country 24 kph
Range - Road 177 km, 200 km
Range - Cross Country 89 km, 100 km
Turning radius 8.7 m, 10 m
Elevation limits -8° to +18°
Fording depth 1.9 m, 1.91 m, 1.7 m
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle 0.91 m
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Torsion bar
Wheels each side 8x2
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 650 mm, 660 mm
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread Rubber
Dished with solid rubber.
Track centers/tread 2.62 m

Sources:

  1. Battle Winning Tanks, Aircraft & Warships of World War II, David Miller, 2000
  2. Panzer Truppen The Complete Guide to the Creation and Combat Employment of Germany's Tank Force 1943-1945, Thomas L. Jentz, 1996
  3. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  4. AFV #10 Panzerkampfwagen V Panther, Chris Ellis and Peter Chamberlain
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