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

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Country of origin

Germany

Builder

MAN – Daimler-Benz – MNH – Henschel

Type

Heavy tank (HT)

Entered service

1943

Crew

5

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

Powerplant

First 250 units: 1 x Maybach HL-210 P30 V-12 petrol engine, 650 hp
Later: 1 x Maybach HL-230 P30 V-12 petrol engine, 700 hp

Speed

46 km/h

Range

200 km

Armament

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

Ammunition

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

Production

850 Panther D + 41 Pz Beob Wg Panther