Panther Ausf. F with 7.5cm L/100 Gun

A new “paper panzer” kit from Dragon Models depicts the Panther Ausf. F version armed with the long 7.5cm KwK L/100 gun in the Schmalturm turret: Sd.Kfz. 171 Panther Ausf. F w/ 7.5cm KwK42 L/100.

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Dragon Tiger I Ausf. H2

Dragon Models has announced a new 1/35th-scale kit in their ’39-’45 Series depicting an unusual Henschel prototype panzer, No. 6683: Tiger I Ausf. H2 7.5cm KwK 42.

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Berlin Panther Dug-In

New June 1/35th-scale WWII diorama release from Verlinden Productions: #2767: Battle for Berlin Panther Dug-In Bunker 1:35 Scale. The complete diorama kit is priced at $98.99 online.

Verlinden #2767 Battle for Berlin Panther Dug-In Bunker 1:35 Scale

Verlinden #2767: Battle for Berlin Panther Dug-In Bunker 1:35 Scale


 

1/72nd Snap Together Panther Kit

Recenlt announced 1/72nd-scale snap-together kit from Zvezda of the Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Ausf. D.

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German Panthers as Ersatz M10s

During the Battle of the Bulge, the Germans disguised several Panther tanks as U.S. M10 tank destroyers (“Ersatz M10”). Part of the Operation Greif created and commanded by Otto Skorzeny, Panzer Brigade 150 deployed these Panther Ausf. G tanks which had been extensively modified and painted to resemble U.S. M10 tank destroyers.

See Also: Germans Disguise Panthers to Cleverly Imitate M10 Gun Carriage
 

New German Figures from Alpine

New 1/35th and 1/16th figure releases from Alpine Miniatures.

German Panther Commander  35130: German Panther Commander #1 – 1/35th Scale
Sculpted by Taesung Harmms / Boxart Painted by Man-Jin Kim
German Tank Commander Snowsuit35131: German Panther Commander #2 – 1/35th Scale
Sculpted by Taesung Harmms / Boxart Painted by Man-Jin Kim
German Panther Crew35132: German Panther Crew Set (2 Figures) – 1/35th Scale
Sculpted by Taesung Harmms / Boxart Painted by Man-Jin Kim
Kurt Meyer 1-16th Model Figure Alpine16015: Kurt Meyer LSSAH 1941 – 1/16th Scale
Sculpted by Alfonso Gozalo / Boxart Painted by Sang-Eon Lee
 

Panther at Hotel des Ardennes in Ligneuville

Officers of the Ninth Air Force pose with a German Panther tank of Kampfgruppe Peiper knocked out in front of the Hotel des Ardennes in Ligneuville, Belgium on December 17th, 1944. The Panther was commanded by SS Untersturmführer Arndt Fisher who was badly burned in the battle. (U.S. Air Force Photograph.)

Panther Tank at Hotel des Ardennes in Ligneuville

Knocked-out Panther tank at the Hotel des Ardennes in Ligneuville, Belgium


 

Destroyed Panther in Normandy

Destroyed Panther Tank Normandy 1944Here is an interesting photo of a destroyed Panther in Normandy that was recently posted on Flickr.

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Panther Rear View

According to the website, the German Panther tank was destroyed near Val-de-Breuil on August 16-17, 1944. The tank carries two tactical markings, “I02” over “231”, with some type of unit marking on the turret where the zimmerit is removed.
 

Canfora Panther

Canfora Panther BookCanfora will soon be taking preorders on their new book Panther which will combine models and dioramas with historical research and photographs. Panther has an impressive list of contributors including Hilary Doyle, Mirko Bayerl, Phil Stutcinskas, Lester Plaskitt, Gunnar Jansson, Markus Eriksson, Roddy MacDougall, Brian Murdoch, Darren Gawle, Roger Hurkmans, and Toni Canfora.

 

KO'd Panthers in the Bulge

Panthers and Jagdpanthers Knocked Out during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, WW2

Original Caption: Kraut tanks killed near Bullingen, where the breakthru stopped

Photographs of Panthers and Jagdpanthers knocked out during the Ardennes Offensive. The upper left photograph shows destroyed Jagdpanthers of schwere Panzerjäger Abteilung 560 destroyed between Büllingen und Bütgenbach. The lower photograph shows Panthers of the 3rd Kompanie, 12th SS-Panzer Division knocked out in Rocherath. The remaining two photographs are additional Panthers of the 12th SS Panzer Division destroyed in the fighting around the twin villages of Krinkelt-Rocherath.

Source: History of the Twelfth U.S. Field Artillery Battalion in the European Theatre of Operations 1944-1945, U.S. Army Twelfth FA Bn., 1945.