Discussions on the vehicles used by the Axis forces. Hosted by Christian Ankerstjerne
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indicates that the soviet 45mm gun with v0=760m/s should reliably defeat 40mm/0° FHA at 663m/s (500m) and 40mm/30° at 765m/s (not likely).
Therefore this confirms the theory that lower side armour on this Panther was made from FHA while the hull rear was not.