|Panther D's being shipped to the front|
|Panther F, due for production in June, 1945...|
Ok, what did I learn that I didn't understand before? Now I have a better grasp of the genius and limitations of the panther's armor package. The drive train failures (of which panther is legendary) were widespread among many systems and not a consistent failure of one component. The main gun system was dramatically superior to any of the Allies, and was designed to consistenly achieve the all-important first round kill. I feel I have a greater understanding of what it meant to crew and maintain this weapon. I feel I have a more solid concept of just how desperate the need was for a new tank, on a new battlefield against a new enemy (the Soviets), and the (often agonizing) compromises necessary to design and field a radically new tank. Panther, when compared to contemporary and modern tanks, was decidedly modern. It begs the question, was it that far ahead of its time, or are modern tanks influenced by panther that much?
|The fate of most panthers, destroyed in action...|
I can't recommend this book enough to anyone who has a deep interest in the panther, German armor, or tanks in general. Every square inch of the panther is photographed, every system explained, every wart and blemish highlighted, every technical triumph praised. You won't be disappointed.