Panther Bodenturm

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Re: Panther Bodenturm

Postby jopaerya » 31 Jan 2017 16:16

Thanks you all , nice to see these photo's from Küstrin :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Panther Bodenturm

Postby Lars Bertelsen » 31 Jan 2017 23:05

Thanks Andrzej and forttravel
. . Der Turm mit gelbsandfarbenem Anstrich wurde auf einem starken Holzgestell, das unten als Schlitten ausgebildet war, antransportiert. .
So, the wooden structure on the first photo is simply a huge sled for Pantherturm transportation. That explains why those diagonal beams are so big. And it seems that there were at least two of those sleds in Küstrin.
The report from Küstrin mentions five emplaced Panthertürme, but only three of them seem to be well documented. According to official German sources, three Pantherturmstände were ready for action and one was under construction at Küstrin at 02.03.1945, and the rest oft he 12 turrets were damaged or lost.
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Re: Panther Bodenturm

Postby Andrzej Ditrich » 01 Feb 2017 07:58

On the photo of another turret (posted by Forttravel) from Kustrin it stands on such construction.
It looks like solid ad-hoc built wooden frame stand for turret to leave it on it before attaching on combat shelter.
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Re: Panther Bodenturm

Postby Lars Bertelsen » 01 Feb 2017 23:20

Hello Andrzej
On the photo of another turret (posted by Forttravel) from Kustrin it stands on such construction.
It looks like solid ad-hoc built wooden frame stand for turret to leave it on it before attaching on combat shelter.
yes it is for sure the same type of construction (transportation sled) as the one shown on your first photo. And in the foreground an unfinished Holzstand für Pantherturm.
The standard type of Holzstand für Pantherturm (Zeichnung Nr. 1315) was 2.84 m high. The external walls were stabilized with four diagonal crosses (see attached drawing). Two of the crosses had “full height”, and the two remaining diagonal crosses had “reduced height” because of the entrance door and the ammo niches.
It seems, that the Holzstand on the photo has got at least three “reduced height” diagonal crosses. This may indicate that this particular Holzstand is a “low-profile type” shelter (1.10 m high).
By the way, it might seem that the official German list is not 100 % correct. According to the list, 3 turrets were emplaced and one was being installed by 02.03.1945, and “restliche 8 Geräte fallen wegen Feindeinwirkung aus”. But the photos show at least 2 (intact?) uninstalled turrets.
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Re: Panther Bodenturm

Postby herring » 02 Feb 2017 21:54

Frame looks similar - from our neighbouring Ron Klages Panzer forum - this time Slovenia!
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Re: Panther Bodenturm

Postby Andrzej Ditrich » 02 Feb 2017 21:57

Nice photo-tnx for posting it here.
So we know it is kind of stand for transport purposes to protect lower structure of truret.
I think it was "attached" to the turret between factory and frontline emplacement.

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Re: Panther Bodenturm

Postby herring » 02 Feb 2017 22:00

Sorry - correction - source is missing lynx/ axis

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Re: Panther Bodenturm

Postby jopaerya » 02 Feb 2017 22:28

Hello Lars

In Panzer Tracts No.21-2 the drawing Nr. 1315 was from the Inspektorat de Landesbefestigung West is that correct ??

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Re: Panther Bodenturm

Postby Lars Bertelsen » 03 Feb 2017 00:00

Hello Jos
In Panzer Tracts No.21-2 the drawing Nr. 1315 was from the Inspektorat de Landesbefestigung West is that correct ??
yes that is correct. Please see attachments.
(drawing from BAMA, text document from NARA).
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Re: Panther Bodenturm

Postby jopaerya » 03 Feb 2017 08:53

Great Information

Nice to see how the drawings from the Inspekt.d. Landesb.. West ended up in the East . :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Panther Bodenturm

Postby jopaerya » 17 Mar 2017 21:32

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