1/600 Scale WW2 German Army Pz. V Berge-Panther Alpha Tank.
Contains 10 highly detailed tanks.
Pz. V Berge-Panther Alpha Tank
- 10x Pz. V Berge-Panther Alpha Tanks
was a German medium tank
deployed during World War II
on the Eastern
Fronts in Europe
from mid-1943 to its end in 1945. It had the ordnance inventory designation
of Sd.Kfz. 171
. Until 27 February 1944, it was designated as the Panzerkampfwagen V Panther
ordered that the Roman numeral "V" be deleted. Contemporary English language reports sometimes refer to it as the Mark V
The Panther was intended to counter the Soviet T-34
and to replace the Panzer III
and Panzer IV
. Nevertheless, it served alongside the Panzer IV and the heavier Tiger I
until the end of the war. It is considered one of the best tanks of World War II for its excellent firepower and protection; although its reliability was less impressive.
The Panther was a compromise. While having essentially the same engine as the Tiger I, it had more efficient frontal hull armour better gun penetration, was lighter and faster, and could traverse rough terrain better than the Tiger I. The trade-off was weaker side armour, which made it vulnerable to flanking fire. The Panther proved to be effective in open country and long range engagements, but did not provide enough high explosive
firepower against infantry
The Panther was far cheaper to produce than the Tiger I, and only slightly more expensive than the Panzer IV. Key elements of the Panther design, such as its armour, transmission, and final drive, were simplifications made to improve production rates and address raw material shortages. The overall design remained somewhat over-engineered. The Panther was rushed into combat at the Battle of Kursk
despite numerous unresolved technical problems, leading to high losses due to mechanical failure. Most design flaws were rectified in the German retreat
, though the bombing of production plants, increasing shortages of high quality alloys for critical components, shortage of fuel and training space, and the declining quality of crews all impacted the Type's effectiveness.
This vehicle was produced by the Maintenance and Recovery Company of the 653rd Heavy Panzerjäger Battalion on the basis of the Bergepanther ARV and the Pz. IV turret.
It was granted as a gift to those that were of service to WG early in WoT's development and is rather rare in battle. It is identical in all ways to the Pz.Kpfw. V/IV
but with the Greek Alpha symbol. It's based on a Pz.Kpfw. V Panther
hull with stock turret from the Pz.Kpfw. IV
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