Pz Kpfw V “PANTHER II”
The need to improve the weaknesses of the Panther tank led to the design of a new turret with greater armor as Adolf Hitler had requested before beginning the production of the Panther. The glacis plate had to be increased up to 100mm thick, the hull’s sides up to 60mm and the hull’s top up to 30mm, but the tank had to maintain the same performance as the original Panther tank, despite the increase in weight. It was intended that the production of the new Panther II was carried out along with that of the Tiger II, so they had to share as many mechanical parts as possible to reduce the costs and accelerate production. The order to start manufacturing was delayed until early 1944, although finally it would never start. However, MAN was authorized in 1944 to make two prototypes, one of which was delivered in March or April 1945.
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