American Panther Tanks

An Examination of the Five Surviving Panzer V Tanks including the Rare Panther II

Craig Moore

This sounds a strange title for a book, but currently, there are five surviving German Panther tanks in America. This book examines the restored Panther tank at the American Heritage Museum, Hudson, MA and the four held by the U.S. Army Armor and Cavalry Collection, Fort Benning, GA, including the Panther II.
Date Published :
June 2021
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
354 color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781558041
Pages : 146
Dimensions : 10.86 X 8.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$32.00

Overview
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American Panther Tanks sounds a strange title for a book, but currently there are five surviving WW2 German Panther tanks in America. It is believed that fourteen captured Panzer V Panther tanks were shipped to the United States after the Second World War. Most were cut up and scrapped after being used for testing and targets 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 a very 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 and to 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. Only one was built. The remaining chapters are dedicated to a photographic walk-around of the surviving Panther tanks in America.

About The Author
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Craig Moore is a writer and editor for www.tanks-encyclopedia.com and www.tank-hunter.com, a guide to where you can find surviving WW1 and WW2 tanks. He has had an interest in military history since childhood. 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 Normandy 1944. In 2017 he was part of the team that recovered a buried British WW2 Covenanter tank from a Vineyard in Surry. He lives in London but regularly visits tank museums and archives around the world.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Introduction; 1 The Panther tank prototypes; 2 Panzer V Ausf.D Panther tank (Sd.Kfz.171) development; 3 Panzer V Ausf.A Panther tank (Sd.Kfz.171) development; 4 Panzer V Ausf.G Panther tank (Sd.Kfz.171) development; 5 Panther II tank at Fort Benning; 6 Panzer V Ausf.A Panther tank at Fort Benning; 7 Panzer V Ausf.G Panther training tank at Fort Benning; 8 Panzer V Ausf.G Panther tank at Fort Benning; 9 Panzer V Ausf.A Panther tank at the American Heritage Museum; 10 Surviving Panther tanks; Glossary; Bibliography.

REVIEWS
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"There is little doubt that this is an invaluable tool for the Panther fan and builder."

- AMPS

"The book contains color photos, including some in a chapter of other surviving Panthers in various museums around the world. The details on the tanks, as explained by the captions, can help the modeler."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"The close-up detail photos of each tank, in their respective chapters, have to be seen to be believed. They're amazing. Any modeler of the Panther tank wouldn't have to look any further than this book to achieve historically correct results."

- IPMS/USA

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