A new heavy tank in the German arsenal, the 45-ton PzKw
Mark V series to bridge the gap between the 22-ton Mark IV and
the 60-ton Mark VI, Tiger. This tank, which is called the Panther,
appears to be a first-class vehicle, fast, well-armored and hard-hitting.
It has the advantage of being swifter and more maneuverable
than the Tiger but at the same time is easier to knock out
because of lighter armor protection. Its long-barreled 75-mm. gun
with double-baffle muzzle brake is a new weapon which has a high
velocity, considerable armor penetration, and direct sights up to a
distance of 1,640 yd.
Like the Tiger, the Panther can be converted for deep stream
fording. It has a speed of 31 m.p.h. and carries a crew of five. Its
heaviest armor plate, on the front of the turret and the cannon
shield, is about 3.94 in. thick. The top and bottom of the tank are
lightly armored and are especially vulnerable to grenade fire.
RECOGNITION: The huge coffinlike gunshield of Ferdinand,
set well to rear, has sloping sides and top. Hull is rectangular
and straight-sided. Six large evenly-spaced bogie wheels support
track approximately 2 1/2 ft. wide.
The Panther is built close to the ground with a low center of
gravity. Its turret sides flow in sloping line into the sides of the
hull. The turret is slab-sided and set slightly to the rear of center
with a cupola at the back. The 75-mm. gun barrel is extremely
long. From the side, the Panther's hull is sharply undercut behind.
Eight overlapping bogie wheels on each side with driving sprocket
in front are typical of German-designed suspension systems.