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Published: 13/09/2023 | Last Updated on 14/09/2023
Panzer V Panther Ausf D medium tank examined by an american soldier in the Ardennes (1944-1945)
Did you know? The side hull and superstructure armor, specifically the side, featured considerably thinner plating, measuring between 40 to 50 millimeters (approximately 1.6 to 2.0 inches). This reduction in side armor thickness was a deliberate choice aimed at reducing the vehicle’s overall weight. However, it also rendered the Panther susceptible to side hits from all types of Allied tank and anti-tank weaponry.
Recognizing the critical need for improved flank protection, German tactical doctrine stressed the importance of this aspect in Panther deployment. Consequently, German engineers undertook efforts to address this vulnerability by conceiving the Panther II design.