what were the panther tank flaw?

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Re: what were the panther tank flaw?

Post by Cult Icon » 22 May 2021 03:44

In the Unit history Monty's Marauders, it states this:

8th Armoured Brigade in the first 25 days in Normandy claimed: 86 tanks and SP kills. Own losses 124.

Of these 86 kills, they claim 34 Panthers knocked out on July 1, 1944 ( The ill fated II SS Pz Corps counterattack). The actions of this Brigade are significant as they had a lot of contact with Pz Lehr Regiment 130, with its Panther battalion.

The further comment, which is vague/strange claims that when 8th Armoured Brigade attacked, their losses were 3 times that of their opponent (I believe this was principally Pz Lehr with some contact with SS-PR 12) but when they "defended" at the Raurey , their kills were 3 to 1. The first bit doesn't make much sense as a lot of the fighting in the region was back and forth, with the same places eg. Point 103, St. Pierre, Cristot, Tilly-sur-selles etc. taken and lost over and over again. up to 18, 24 times, etc. The Pz Lehr division was ordered to retake Bayeux.

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Re: what were the panther tank flaw?

Post by Michael Kenny » 22 May 2021 06:48

Cult Icon wrote:
22 May 2021 03:44
In the Unit history Monty's Marauders, it states this:

8th Armoured Brigade in the first 25 days in Normandy claimed: 86 tanks and SP kills. Own losses 124.

The actual quote in Delaforce page 159:

The Brigade had lost 124 tanks but claimed in turn a toll of 86 enemy tanks and SPs destroyed, knocked out or captured in that period. ....

This is in turn a rewording of the original entry in 'A Short History Of The 8th Armoured Brigade' published in 1945 where it says:

Casualties were heavy and 124 tanks were put out of action in 25 days. The Brigade claimed 86 enemy tanks and SPs destroyed, knocked out or captured during the same period.

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