How to Kill a Panther Tank: Unpublished Scientific Reports from the Second World War

How to Kill a Panther Tank: Unpublished Scientific Reports from the Second World War

by Craig Moore


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Using only original official period documents from the Second World War this book tries to provide the reader with the same information on the Panzer V Panther tank that was available to British and Commonwealth senior officers and tank crews during the war. As soon as intelligence reports confirmed the existence of the Panther tank the hunt was on to find reliable information on how to knock out this new German tank. Most people believe that the only way to stop a Panther was to penetrate its armor with an armor piercing A.P. round. Luckily the British 17 pdr anti-tank gun could do that but the British were also looking how to knock them out by using other weapons. They tested using high explosive artillery rounds and 20 mm air attack aircraft canon rounds to penetrate and damage the tank's rear engine deck and puncture the vehicle's radiators. Loss of water would cause the engine to overheat and stop working. Tank radiators were large and spares were not carried on the tank. If the Panther could not be recovered back to a maintenance depot the crew would have to abandon the tank and disable it by setting off internal explosive charges.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781557969
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 05/20/2021
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 740,213
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Craig Moore has had an interest in military history since childhood. Eight of his close relatives fought in both world wars

Craig retired from London's Metropolitan Police after 30 Years of service, He lives in Southwest London but regularly travels around the world visiting tank museums.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 4

Glossary 5

Introduction 7

1 The Panther Tank Prototypes 9

2 Panzer V Ausf. D Panther tank (Sd.Kfe.171) 11

3 Panzer V Ausf. A Panther Tank (Sd.Kfz.171) 22

4 Panzer V Ausf. G Panther Tank (Sd.Kfz.171) 27

5 The Soviet Panther Tank Report 32

6 Panther Armour-Thickness Poster 38

7 Pamphlet on Attack on Panther PzKw V and Tiger PzKw VI 40

8 US Army Pamphlet: How to Kill a Panther 60

9 Performance Trials and Workshop Report 63

10 Preliminary Report on Armour Quality and Vulnerability of the Panther Tank 68

11 Panther, Brief Notes on Fighting Qualities: DTD Fighting Equipment Division 87

12 Report of Comprehensive Firing Trials against the German Panther PzKw V 89

13 Authorised Battlefield Modifications 179

14 Air Attack Trials 180

15 British Anti-Tank Weapons 183

16 British Battle Reports 194

17 The Armour Report 198

18 Panzerketten: German Tank Track Classification System 206

19 The Bucket 208

20 Surviving Panther Tanks 209

Bibliography 224

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