By Heinz Guderian
Heinz Guderian - grasp of the Blitzkrieg and father of contemporary tank conflict - commanded the German XIX military Corps because it rampaged throughout Poland in 1939.
Personally prime the devastating assault which traversed the Ardennes woodland and broke via French strains, he used to be on the leading edge of the race to the Channel coast. in basic terms Hitler's own command to halt avoided Guderian's tanks and troops turning Dunkirk into an Allied bloodbath.
Later commanding Panzergruppe 2 in Operation Barbarossa, Guderian's armoured spearhead took Smolensk after fierce scuffling with and was once poised to release the ultimate attack on Moscow whilst he was once ordered south to Kiev. within the conflict that undefined, he helped encircle and trap over 600,000 Soviet troops after days of strive against within the so much negative conditions.
Panzer chief is a searing firsthand account of the simplest battling strength in smooth background by way of the guy who commanded it.
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Gun mantlet 15. Semi-circular rain guard protecting gun-sight mantlet aperture 16. Main armament compensator 17. Gun cradle 18. TFZ 12a monocular telescopic gun sight 19. Sighting vane 20. Mounting ring for anti-aircraft machine gun 21. Armoured periscope on commander's cupola 22. Hatch in commander's cupola 23. Rod antenna 24. Commander's cupola 25. Turret traversing gear 26. Elevator hand-wheel 27. Commander's headset 28. 5cm gun 29. Cylindrical external casing for main armament cleaning kit 30.
The shape of the driver's periscope on the front left hull roof distinguishes this vehicle from late Model G tanks that featured a larger periscope. (The Tank Museum, 2902/D2) LEFT This Panther is identified as a late Model G tank, completed after August 1944, by the distinctive chin added to the mantlet to prevent incoming rounds being deflected down onto the thin hull roof armour. Note the hooks on the turret sides onto which the crew could mount spare track sections. 5cm gun. (The Tank Museum, 2390/F2) tactical identification number, 312, in large monochrome White (RAL 9002) on the tank's turret sides.
However, by 1944-45, new threats had emerged - notably the Soviet Josef Stalin and the American Pershing heavy tanks, plus the 17-pounder anti-tank gun - that proved capable of penetrating the Panther frontally at 1500m. The side and rear armour of the Panther, however, remained much more vulnerable, with most Allied tanks being able to penetrate these plates at ranges of 1500m or more. Significantly, with the exception of the JS and Pershing tanks, throughout its operational career, the Panther always proved capable of knocking out opposing tanks at ranges at which the latter were incapable of penetrating the Panther.