Academy 1:35 Pz. Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D 'Operation Citadel'

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Academy 1:35 - Pz. Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. D, 'Operation Citadel' - Plastic model kit #13503

The Panzerkampfwagen V Panther was a German medium tank of the Second World War. The Ausf.D was the very first version, produced in January 1943 and equipped with a 7.5 cm KwK 42 L/70 gun. Compared to the Tiger tank, the Panther was lighter and faster, better suited for traversing rough terrain and had better gun penetration. However, its side armour was weaker, which made the tank vulnerable to flanking fire.

Despite a number of unresolved technical problems, in 1943 the Panther was rushed into combat at the Battle of Kursk. The tank was seen as a necessary component of Operation Citadel, and the attack was delayed several times because of the mechanical problems with Panthers, which were delivered to the front only six days before the eventual start date (5th July 1943).

When the offensive began, there were 184 operational Panthers. Within two days, this number had dropped to 40. According to Gen. Heinz Guderian, by 10th July 25 Panthers had been lost as total write offs, and another 100 were in need of repair. A report on 11 August 1943 showed that the number of total write offs in Panthers rose to 156.

Although the Panther's effectiveness was limited by its mechanical problems, during the Battle of Kursk it demonstrated its capacity to destroy any Soviet armoured fighting vehicle from long distance, and had a very high overall kill ratio. The 2-months delay of the start of Operation Citadel caused by the fact that Germany tried to build up its forces and waited for new weapons, mainly the new Panther tank, allowed Soviets to build up a concentration of minefields, anti-tank guns, trenches and artillery defences which had a crucial effect on the outcome of the battle.


Collections: All, Axis Forces (WWII), German, Vehicles, WWII

Category: Academy Tanks

Type: Tanks




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