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Panzerkampfwagen V "Panther"

Panzerkampfwagen V Panther

After Germany had attacked the Soviet Union in June 1941 Germany saw that the German tanks were to weak against the Russian tank T-34. A heavier battle tank were needed. The companies MAN and Daimler-Benz got the order to build such a tank. In April 1942 both companies presented their prototypes and in May 1942 the Panther of MAN were selected. The Panther should only weigh 30 tons, but it weighed 45 tons. The engine of the Panther was the Maybach HL 230 with a power of 515 kW. In the biggest tank battle of all times near the city Kursk in July 1943 the Panther was used for the first time. The Panther had got a 7.5 cm cannon, but there were not enough Panther to defeat the T-34. The armoring of 120 mm was strong. One Panther could defeat American tanks M4 Sherman.

Technical data about the Panzerkampfwagen V "Panther"
Type of weapon Battle tank
Manufacturer MAN
Crew 5 men
Length 8.86 m
Width 3.42 m
Height 2.98 m
Weapons one 7.5 cm cannon
two 7,92 mm MGs
Total mass 44.8 t
Maximum speed 46 km/h
Engine power 515 kW
Armoring 16 mm to 120 mm

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