How to Kill a Panther Tank
...Unpublished Scientific Reports from WW2, from Fonthill Media
Title: How to Kill a Panther Tank
Author: Craig Moore
Publisher: Fonthill Media
As the sub-title of this book tells us, 'Unpublished Scientific Reports from the Second World War'. A 224-page soft-cover book in large format it features the test reports on the Panther which were conducted and then fed back to allied combat units, telling them how best to knock-out this powerful opponent.
After the Introduction, the rest is spread across 20 chapters, all packed with fascinating and very detailed information. After covering the prototypes, there are individual chapters describing the specific details of each of the main versions, the Ausf D, A and G. Then comes a copy of a Soviet report on the Panther before a Poster highlighting the armour thickness on all the different parts of the tank. That is followed by a pamphlet prepared by the British School of Tank Technology on the best ways to attack not only the Panther, but also includes the Tiger I as well. Having had both the Soviet and British reports, then a US pamphlet adds their advice too. There is of course much more, with trails on performance and workshop reports, armour quality and vulnerabilities as well as the fighting qualities of the tank. Even more detail is featured in a report on comprehensive firing trials against the Panther using a variety of allied weaponry and the detail in the tables is fantastic to see. More assessments follow with air attack trials and the potential for other anti-tank weapons including the PIAT and various types of mine. Add battle reports, sharing the experiences of British tank crews who had been in combat with the Panther. Everything is rounded off with a chapter examining the surviving examples of the different Panthers which are still around today, and I think many will be surprised to see just how many there are out there.
I have long thought that we have a natural fascination for the weapons used by 'the other side', so Germany in WW2 and all that Soviet equipment during the Cold War. This shows how much effort went in to investigating enemy equipment when it was captured, and how that was shared with the front line troops who had to face them. Tank history enthusiasts, modellers, wargamers and anyone preparing WW2 wargame rules will find this a real gem, packed with highly detailed information. Highly recommended.
Thanks to Fonthill Media for our review copy.