American Panther Tanks: An Examination of the Five Surviving Panzer V Tanks Including the Rare Panther II

Author(s): Craig Moore 

ISBN: 9781781558041
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An examination of the five surviving Panther tanks in the United States, including the rare Panther II.
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  • The first book and reference guide to photographically examine all five surviving Panther tanks in the US

  • Three chapters cover the design and development of the Panzer V Panther tank

  • The only surviving example of the Panzer II tank hull is examined in comprehensive detail

  • An excellent reference book for military modellers, historians and tank wargamers (Hell Let Loose, War Thunder, World of Tanks) interested in the iconic Panther with authentic camouflage livery
American Panther Tanks: An Examination of the Five Surviving Panzer V Tanks Including the Rare Panther II might be considered as a strange title for a book; however, there are five Second World War examples in the US. It is believed that fourteen captured Panzer V Panther tanks were shipped to the United States after hostilities ended in 1945.

Most were cut-up and scrapped after being used for testing and target practice on live firing ranges. The Panzer V Ausf.A Panther tank at the American Heritage Museum, Hudson, Massachusetts, near Boston, has been completely restored to an extremely high standard.

The other four Panther tanks are at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia, under the care of the U.S. Army Armor and Cavalry Collection (U.S. AACC). They are awaiting their turn to be restored. The first four chapters briefly cover the development and production of the Panzer V Panther tank from the first version, the Ausf.D, to the second version, the Ausf.A. This is followed by the final production version, the Ausf.G, using photographs from other surviving Panther tanks around the world.

The fifth chapter explores the design history of the Panther II prototype hull and only one was built. The remaining chapters are dedicated to a photographic walkaround of the surviving Panther tanks in the US.

BOOK ISBN 9781781558041
FORMAT 276 × 216 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 146 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 20 March 2021
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 354 colour illustrations

 

 

Craig Moore is a writer and editor for www.tanks-encyclopedia.com and runs www.tank-hunter.com, a guide to where one can discover surviving First and Second World War tanks. Moore has had an interest in military history since childhood and eight of his close relatives fought in both world wars: only six survived. One of his uncles lost a leg when his Sherman tank was hit during Operation Totalize in 1944. In 2010, Moore retired from London’s Metropolitan Police and lives in London, but regularly travels around the world visiting tank museums.

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