Pz Kpfw V ausf D “PANTHER D”

Despite the rapid advance 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 companies began their projects under the requirements that it should be a vehicle between 20-35 tons of weight, would have an sloped frontal armour of 60mm thickness, would mount a 75/48mm gun and must reach a top speed of about 55 km/h. The MAN prototype was selected and would go into production under designation “Panzerkampfwagen V ausf D (Sd.Kfz.171)”, which would be known worldwide as “Panther D” tank. The production lasted from January to September of 1943, and in that period 850 units were built. All these Panther D tanks were immediately sent to the Eastern Front, where they participated in the Battle of Kursk of July 1943.

PANTHER D gallery 1 and more info

PANTHER D gallery 2 and more info


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Country of origin



MAN – Daimler-Benz – MNH – Henschel


Heavy tank

Entered service




Combat weight

44,740 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

8.86 x 3.40 x 2.95 meters

Armour, (maximum)

Steel: Hull front: 80mm – Hull side: 40mm – Hull rear: 40mm – Hull floor: 30mm
Steel: Turret front: 100mm – Turret side: 45mm – Turret Rear: 45mm – Turret Roof: 16mm

Power plant

First 250 units: 1 x Maybach HL.210 P30 V12 petrol engine, 650 hp
Later: 1 x Maybach HL.230 P30 V12 petrol engine, 700 hp


46 km/h


200 km


1 x 75mm Rheinmetall-Borsig KwK.42 L/70 anti-tank gun + 2 x 7.92mm MG.34 + 6 x 90mm smoke dischargers


79 x 75mm rounds + 5,100 x 7.92mm rounds


Panther D: 850 – Pz Beob Wg Panther: 41