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ARM-005 Armada Series. Vol.5. Panther Pz.Kpfw V German WW2 Heavy tanks book

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ARM-005 Armada Series. Vol.5. Panther Pz.Kpfw V German WW2 Heavy tanks book

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Summary:
This book is devoted to the famous German Panther tank previously described in thousands of publications. The author of this book can hardly add something new to the history of development of the Panther, and this is not the primary goal of the book. Instead author tried to shed light on the operation of this vehicle on the Russian front. Unlike in Western countries, in Russia the Panther was never thought to be the best German tank. The PzKpfw V first saw action in the Kursk battle and the result was disastrous - 127 vehicles of 196 delivered were lost during the first few days. Here is the typical report of their appearance: "At 11.00 PM two German Type 5 tanks (similar to our middle tank but with long guns) approached our positions. Sgt. Golovin s gun crew defending the crossroads in the "cucumber" forest area opened fire from a short distance... The new German tanks stopped, their crews failed to escape the vehicles. After inspection the armor of destroyed tanks was found to have an average from 2 to 5 76-mm shells holes".
The Red Army Tech Intelligence commission inspected 23 destroyed Panthers after Kursk battle which resulted in a special report. The upper front plate was found to be good - even the 122-mm shell failed to penetrate it. The quality of weld seams however was poor so in many cases shell hits caused frontal plate displacement. The lower front plate was made of extremely poor quality armor and was penetrated by 76-mm and 85-nim shells. The quality of the turret was also found to be poor - even the front plates were penetrated by 76-mm shells. The commander's cupola was often removed by 76-mm and 85-mm shells and even by close explosions of 120-mm mortar shells. The mortar shells explosions also caused the turret roof deformations which makes opening the hatches impossible. The shells hitting the sides caused fuel leaks and this made the tank a rather dangerous place to sit in. Some vehicles were destroyed by 45-mm gun fire, and the 1942 model (long barrel) 45-mm gun was claimed to be efficient anti-Panther weapon.
A further illustration is quoted from the award letter of Junior Lieutenant A.Pegov from his high command (third Guard tank Army): "on 26 March performing a reconnaissance mission Junior Lieutenant Pegov saw a column of Panther tanks. Having ordered to his driver to move into bushes comrade Pegov loads the gun and waits until the enemy tanks come to a close distance. After the heading vehicle came to 200 m distance he destroyed it by hitting its side, and then damaged the idler wheel of the second vehicle which blocked the road and stopped other tanks".
The Panther was a good vehicle, however a "tank versus tank" situation was not common - the most of tanks killed in Eastern front were destroyed by anti-tank guns. Ilyushin Il-2 30-mm shells penetrated the Panther's roof like that of any other vehicle and under this conditions the Pz V had little chances to survive. The serial production of the Pzkpfw V was rather difficult and this made the vehicle poor in cost/efficiency terms. In February 1944 the PzKpfw V took part in comparative evaluation with the new T-44 tank. The evaluation showed that the T-44 was far superior, but the new vehicle was not fielded as it was clear that for Germany the war was over and the T-34-85 could easily finish the job.