Pz Kpfw V ausf D “PANTHER D”
Despite the rapid advances of the Wehrmacht in Russia, everything began to stagnate when the Panzer Divisions began to confront two new models of Soviet tanks, the T-34/76 and the KV-1, which were superior to theirs in most. This forced the German High Command to accelerate the development of a new tank model that restored superiority to German forces. In late 1941 Daimler Benz and MAN began their projects under the requirements that it should be a vehicle of between 20-35 tons, have an sloped armored of 60mm thickness, mount a 75/48mm gun and reach a top speed of about 55 km/h. The MAN prototype was selected and would go into production under the designation “Panzerkampfwagen V ausf D (Sd.Kfz.171)”, which would be known worldwide as the “Panther D“. Its production would last from January to September of 1943, and in that period 850 units would be built that were immediately sent to the Eastern Front, where they participated in the Battle of Kursk, in July 1943.
PANTHER D gallery 1 and more info
PANTHER D gallery 2 and more info