The German Panther tank was almost certainly the most elegant design of WWII. It embodied a balance of firepower, armor protection, and mobility unmatched by any other tank of the period. Yet, it was not the war-winner it might have been.
Author Michael Green examines the disparity between the potential of the Panther design and the actuality of the fielded Panther tank. Though many viewed the Panther as an engineering masterpiece and a technological breakthrough, it failed to meet expectations on the battlefield, thereby crushing Hitler’s dreams of military supremacy and eventual world domination. Exploring the evolution—and devolution—of the Panther, Green provides keen insight and new reasons for its ultimate failure.
Hardcover Book : 256 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Ltd. ( July 20, 2012 )
Item #: 13-614559
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.5 inches
Product Weight: 42.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
A very good book on the Panther that goes through each of the aspects of the design: background, firepower, protection, mobility etc.
The strength of this book is the high number of color detail shots of surviving examples and b/w wartime photos.
Interesting info on Panther turret pillboxes are also included.
The operational use of the Panther is only lightly described and the number of inaction wartime photos are limited. Therefore 4 stars instead of 5.
Reviewer: James C