The Panzer V Ausf. G (September 1943 – May 1945)
The Panzer V Panther tank was given the Ausf.G version designation to indicate this production run of tanks used a different redesigned chassis. The turret and 7.5cm Kw.K L/70 gun was the same one used on the earlier Ausf.A.
On 4 May 1944, during a meeting at the M.A.N. company, a decision was made to design a new Panther tank chassis. Work had already started on developing a new version of the Panther tank called Panther II but that was far from completion. Some of the lessons learnt from that design process were used in formulating the plans for the Ausf.G tank chassis.
The side pannier armor that covered the top of the tracks on both sides of the tank was angled at 40 degrees on the Ausf.D and Ausf.A tank chassis. The new chassis pannier side armor was sloped at 29 degrees. The thickness in the armor was increased from 40 mm to 50 mm. This increased the weight of the tank by 305 Kg.
To compensate for this increase in weight the designers looked for areas
Those are some great pictures! Can't remember seeing any of those before.
Thank you Patrick, I'm uploading from my HD some pictures what I taked over the years and giving as a references for the mates!
Nice photographs. I have a problem with n°8. I do not think any Parisian in his/her right mind would cycle so close to a Waffen SS Panther in June 1944. And should it be a parade, the avenue would be empty with soldiers lining both sides. Those tanks are most probably rushing to meet the Allies who just landed in Normandy.
Hi Olivier, Thank you! if you stop to think the problem with #8 is repeated in #9 too! it makes perfect sense when you say that these tanks are probably running to find the Allies who just landed in Normandy, but in this case I just followed the photo captions given by the Bundesarchiv for the photos!
Maybe 'parade' refers to the Champs-Élysées itself? Where those captions in English or German?
Hi Patrick, those captions in Bundesarchiv are in German (and sometimes have the WW2 German captions too) and I translate most of them using google translate!
Hi Rafael, maybe something is 'lost in translation' then.
Still a great collection of pictures!
maybe something like this way Patrick! but is simple to resolve! let's erase ''the parade'' and keep the remaining text!
Thx a lot again Rafael! Your pics are always welcome!!
Rafael, I was not complaining or implying that You had done something wrong. But so many photographs found on internet have strange or wrong captions.
yes yes, i understand you Oliver! but that one, to avoid further confusion, it is better to reorganize the text to a more informal and simple understanding!
I'm was looking in German / English dictionary, and the correct meaning for 'Parade' can be to: walk or march in public in an ostentatious or attention-seeking way.
here are one of the caption of the same photo sequences: ''Frankreich, Paris.- Parade der Waffen-SS-Division "LSSAH" (Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler), Panzer IV vor dem Triumphbogen (Arc de Triomphe); SS-PK''
Regarding photograph 21 there is something wrong with the name of the location. Bures sur Yvette is in the south west of Paris (23 km) but Bures and Arracourt are indeed in Meurthe et Moselle and approx. 360 km East of Paris. A US vs German tank battle happened there in September 1944.
Picture 26 shows a very special and interesting camouflage pattern on the first Panther.
Olivier, ok, I got it! so in that case the confusion was mine! because I even remember when I organized these photos of seeing the Bures sign (photo 13) and unintentionally made the link as if they were the same cities
the 5. panther photo has the Daimler-Benz brackets for spare road wheels
thanks for correcting me! my mistake!