Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Ausf G

The Panther I Ausf G was the final version of the Panther to enter production during the Second World War, and was produced in larger numbers than the previous two versions combined.

Production of the Ausf G began in March 1944, and although the high production targets were never met at least 300 tanks were accepted in every remaining month of 1944 apart from October and December.

A number of the changes introduced on the Ausf G had been developed for the Panther II, many to increase the simplicity of production. Amongst these changes was the introduction of a straight tapered edge to the side of the hull above the tracks, in place of the more complex sides of earlier models.

The angle of the slope of the side armour was reduced by 11 degrees, making it less effective, so to counter this width of the the side armour was increased from 40mm to 50mm. To compensate the armour on the lower hull front and underneath the tank was made thinner.

Panther I ausf D in British Service, 1944
Panther I ausf G in British Service, 1944

The driver’s vision port was removed to strengthen the frontal armour. It was replaced with a rotating periscope above the driver. A new driver’s seat was introduced, and could be raised up so that the driver’s head would emerge from his hatch, allowing for better visibility when moving away from the battlefield.

During the production run of the Ausf G the gun mantlet was modified. On earlier tanks it had a circular profile, which created a “shot trap” below the gun, where incoming rounds could hit the base of the mantlet and be deflected down onto the thin roof armour. The bottom half of the new mantlet was wedge shaped, eliminating the problem.

A shortage of raw materials meant that an all-steel running gear had to be installed on the Panther Ausf G, beginning with chassis number 121052. During the production run a number of further changes were made, including the addition of a gearbox oil cooler, 3mm armoured ammo bins and a heater for the fighting compartment.

All three Panther variants operated in the same units, but combat attrition meant that the Ausf G was by far the most common version by the end of 1944, by which time the Panther accounted for over half of the entire German tank force.

Names
Panzerkampfwagen V Ausf G (Sd Kfz 171)
Panther I
VK3002

Stats
Number produced:  3,126
Produced: March 1944-April 1945
Length: 8.86m
Hull Width: 3.4m
Height: 2.98m
Crew: 5
Weight: 45,5 tons
Engine: Maybach HL230P30
Max Speed: 46 km/hr
Max Range:  200km
Main Gun: One 7.5cm KwK42 L/70
Secondary Armament: Two 7.92mm MG34

Armour

 

Front

Side

Rear

Top/ Bottom

Superstructure

110mm

45mm

45mm

16mm

Hull – upper

80mm

50mm

 

40 & 16mm

Hull – lower

60mm

40mm

40mm

16-30mm

Gun mantlet

100mm

 

 

 

Panther Medium Tank, 1942-45, Stephen A. Hart, Osprey New Vanguard 67. This look at what was probably the best German tank of the Second World War concentrates on the technical development of the Panther. The text is divided into chapters on each of the major versions of the Panther, looking at their development, production, deployment and combat career. As a result the text flows well, and each new development is placed properly in its context. [see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (9 September 2008), Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Ausf G , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_panther_ausf_G.html

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