PzKw I
PzKw 35t
PzKw III Ausf E
PzKw III Ausf N
PzKw III Aus L
PxKw IV w 75
PzKw IV Exp
PzKw IV Aus F2
PzKw VI Tiger
PzKw V Panther G
PzKw V Panther A
Panther II
PzKw VI Tiger II
SP 4.7cm AT Gun
Marder II
Marder III 7.62cm
Marder III 7.5
Panzerjaeger IV 70
SP Howitzer 10.5cm
StuG III 7.5cm
StuG III 10.5cm
StuG 10.5  StuH42
SP 15cm Howitzer
Grille 15cm How

1943 - German Panther II PzKw 5 Ausf F

Armament;        1 - 7.5cm (3") KwK 42 L/70 gun
                           1 - 7.92mm MG 34
Engine:              Maybach, HL 234, V-12, gas, 800 hp
Speed:              29 mph
Range:              110 miles
Crew:                5
Weight:             57 tons

When production of the Panther began in 1943, plans were made for a Panther II with heavier frontal and side armor but capable of the same performance as the Panther I. This was an attempt to create a hybrid vehicle which combined components from early Panther tanks with those of the yet to be built Tiger II. Two prototypes were ordered, and one with a normal Panther I turret was delivered. The Panther II was to be equipped with an improved Schmalturm. Only one specimen remains which was recovered from an artillery range in Lackhill England. See photo by Andrew Longstaff. This compact turret with a built in rangefinder  was designed by Daimler Benz for the Panther Ausf F. It was to mount a modified version of the 75mm gun known as the KwK 44/1. This Panther II  at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, is the sole survivor. Weight increased to 57 tons and the prototype used the running gear of the King Tiger. Only 7 wheels per side were used and were staggered to enable the use of a single torsion bar. Hydraulic steering with a reinforced gear box was used. The project was abandoned and many of the advanced features such as all steel road wheels and deeply sloped armor were incorporated into the Model G Panther I in late production models.

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