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PANTHER G gallery 2

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The Panthers had the opportunity to show their worth in Italy and France, especially in France after the invasion of Normandy. But allied air coverage always kept the Panthers at bay, which were commonly destroyed by aviation and not by ground fighting,since the allied armored units tried to maintain the encounters with the Panthers at the minimum necessary.
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The Pz.Gr.Patr. 40/42 ammunition had a velocity muzzle of 1,120 m/s which gave it a huge penetration capacity, superior than the 88mm KwK-36 Tiger E tank gun. A single impact of this projectile used to be enough to knock out any enemy tank, even the Soviet IS-2. This high velocity muzzle gave it an excellent precision, achieving an expert gunner up to 90% impact on the first shot at distances of 1 km.
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After the WWII the French built the 75mm DEFA gun based on the Panther‘s KwK-42 gun. The French gun would be mounted on the AMX-13 light tank and the EBR-75 armored car, making them a specially well-armed and fearsome light vehicles.
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The Panther‘s armor provided excellent protection in battles 1km away. The frontal arc was invulnerable to the allied 76mm ammunition even at 200 meters, only the sides and the rear could be penetrated at normal combat distances by the 76mm projectiles. Even the 90mm allied ammunition only penetrated the frontal armor at 1 km if the angle was adequate but its effectiveness was not guaranteed in battles fought more than 500 meters away.
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Due to the hardness of the Panther the allied tactics was to surround and attack them by the flanks whenever possible, or to get close to the maximum and then make a succession of quick shots taking advantage of the allied numerical superiority in most of the combats. Even so, rare was the occasion when the Panthers did not end up destroying any allied vehicle.
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The mobility of the Panther tank was sufficient in his time to allow him to maneuver in rough terrain with enough agility with a power-to-weight ratio of 15 hp per ton. The engine problem was not so much the lack of power, as in the case of Tiger and Kingtiger, but the lack of reliability, especially at the beginning of its commissioning.
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One problem that could not be solved was the excessive fuel consumption of the Maybach engine. Being a gasoline engine instead of diesel, the engine consumed twice as much as any Russian or Allied engine, and this greatly limited its combat radius.
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Another problem added by the weight and size of the Panther tank was the difficulty of the recovery tasks in case of damage or damage in combat. The regulations indicated that two Sd.Kfz-9 (FAMO) had to be used to tow a Panther, this was done to avoid damage to the towing vehicle itself, but it meant an overload of work to the small support units.
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To conclude, it can be said that the Panther was a tank highly valued by its crews, as well as by the enemy, since it was able to successfully face the most powerful Allied tanks at the end of the war with high chances of being victorious thanks to its excellent gun and good protection, all completed with good mobility. These three factors, which usually measure the combat effectiveness of a tank, were very high compared to other tanks of the time and is what allowed the Panther to become perhaps the best tank in WWII.

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