Aces High II Vehicle
|Panzer V G Panther|
|Variant of||Panzer V|
|Country of origin||Germany|
|Max Speed||29 mph|
|Aces High II Ordnance Options|
|Primary Armament||75 mm KwK 42 L/70 (82 rounds)|
|Options||HE (High Explosive)|
|AP (Armor Pierceing)|
|Secondary Armament||3x 7.9mm MG 34 (2950 rounds)|
|Aces High II Armor Thickness|
|Turret Sides and Rear||45mm|
|Hull Glacis||80mm 55'|
|Hull Lower Front||50mm|
|Aces High II Main Arenas|
|Earliest MA||Late War|
|Typical perk cost||15 (Late War)|
|ENY value||12 (Late War)|
|Available on carrier||no|
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The Panther G in World War II
Starting in early 1943, Panther units were formed and preparing to participate in a 1943 summer offensive in Russia. From Late January 1943, units started receiving Panthers for training. Due to the numerous mechanical problems suffered during the training, all Panthers previously issued for training were turned back in. After a rebuild program, Panthers were distributed to a number of Panzer-Regiments (Panther) for test evaluation.
Situation of one particular Regiment after Seven Days in Action: Due to enemy action and mechanical breakdowns the combat strength sank rapidly during the first few days. By the evening of 10 July there were only 10 operational Panthers in the front line. 25 Panthers had been lost as total write offs. 100 Panthers were in need of repair (56 were damaged by hits and mines and 44 by mechanical breakdowns). Comparison against losses of other Panzer units were not made. Therefore the high command and troops quickly jumped to conclude the "Panther was worthless".
In conclusion the Panther went through three major modifications from the Ausf.A and Ausf.D and after countless modifications done, the Panther Ausf.G was the results of trial and error which lead most to quite a few to considered it one of the best tanks built during World War 2.
A new simplified hull design with the superstructure side made from a single plate was introduced on the Panther Ausf.G. The rear deck was also redesigned with a new cooling air intake and armored exhaust louvres. Also, the driver's and radio operator's hatches were hinged on the outer side, and the driver's visor was replaced by a pivoting traversable periscope. The main drive train and suspension components were kept unchanged from the Panther Ausf.A. The same turret design for the Panther Ausf.A was retained on the Panther Ausf.G. A Panther Ausf.G produced in April 1944 had the same turret as a Panther Ausf.A produced in the same month. Modifications introduced during the production run as the Panther Ausf.G included changing to the welding armor guards to protect the exhaust pipes, adding sheet metal shields around the exhaust pipes, welding Pilze sockets to the turret roof, fatening a rain guard over the driver's periscope, welding a debris guard over the gap behind the gun mantle, ceasing application of zimmerit anti-magnetic coating, mounting the FG 1250 infra-red searchlight and scope, changing to Flammvernichter (flame arresting) mufflers, deleting the rear shock absorbers, introducing the "chain" gun mantlet, mounting a tower over the left engine cooling fan for the Kampfraumheizung (crew compartment heater), and welding five loops for holding camouflage on each turret side.
About 2,950 Panther Ausf.G were produced by M.A.N., Daimler-Benz, and MNH in Fgst.Nr series 120301 to 130000 from March 1944 and continuing until the assembly plants were captured by the Allies in April 1945.
Divisions Deployed in Russia: 5.SS-Pz.Div. 5.Pz.Div. 4.Pz.Div. 7.Pz.Div. 3.SS-Pz.Div. 19.Pz.Div. 14.Pz.Div. Pz.Brig.101 Pz.Brig.102 Pz.Brig.103 Pz.Brig.104 Pz.Brig.109 Pz.Brig.110 Fuehrer-Gren.Brig. 8.Pz.Div. Pz.Div.H.G. 3.Pz.Div. 6.Pz.Div. Fuehrer-Brgl.Div. Pz.Gr.Div.Murmark Pz.Div.Muncheberg
Divisions deployed in Normady: 12.SS-PZ.Div. Pz.-Lehr-Div. 2.Pz-Div. 9.SS-Pz.Div. 1.SS-PZ.Div. 2.SS-PZ.Div.
Panther-Abtellugen sent in after the Breakout from Normandy: 11.Pz.Div. Pz.Brig.105 Pz.Brig.106 Pz.Brig.107 Pz.Brig.108 Pz.Brig.111 Pz.Brig.112 Pz.Brig.113 10.SS-Pz.Div.