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Germany's Panzerkampfwagen V Ausf F; PzKpfw V Ausf F; Panther II; SdKfz 171 medium tank

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60043:
Dragon Armor 60043 German Panther

Design

The Army Weapons Department issued specifications for a design for the Panther's replacement in the spring of 1943. It was to have as many parts be interchangeable between the Panther and the King Tiger.

It was to have a smaller turret that would have better protection, but also would take less time and resources to build. It was to be able to take the 7.5 cm KwK 42 L/70 or the 8.8 cm KwK 43 L/71 guns. This turret was called schmal Turm.

MAN and Henschel started on a new design in April 1943. Two prototype hulls were made and one was equipped with PzKpfw V Ausf G turrets for trials. This resides at the Patton Museum for Armor, in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Daimler-Benz produced 8 prototype hulls in 1945. Had steel rimmed wheels. New hull ball mount that used MP/StG 44 assault rifle. Turret front was 120 mm, sides/rear 60 mm, and roof 30 mm. Infrared telescope and searchlight were mounted and a new rear gun port for a MP/StG 44. Permanent aerial base and fittings were installed so that it could become a command tank in the field quickly. MG 42 became coaxial gun.

Production

Additional production information.

Usage

Some were used at Stuhlweissenburg in 1945 with great success.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen V Ausf F
Crew 5
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 45 tons
Length 8.86 m
Height 2.92 m
Width 3.44 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 75 mm KwK42/1 L/70
75 mm KwK 44/1 L/70
Secondary  
MG 2: 7.92 mm MG34
MG - coaxial 7.92 mm MG34
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 79
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 80@55°
Hull Front, Lower 60@55°
Hull Sides, Upper 50@30°
Hull Sides, Lower 40@0°
Hull Rear 40@30°
Hull Top 25@90°
Hull Bottom 16-30@90°
Turret Front 120@20°
Mantlet: 120 Saukopfblende
Turret Sides 60@25°
Turret Rear 60@25°
Turret Top 40@90°
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL230P30
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders  
Capacity  
Net HP  
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 7 forward, 1 reverse.
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 55 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 200 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width  
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Panther Variants 1942-1945, Hilary Doyle and Tom Jentz, 1997
  2. German Tanks of World War II, Dr. S. Hart & Dr. R. Hart, 1998
  3. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  4. German Tanks and Armoured Vehicles 1914 - 1945, B. T. White, 1966
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