CONTENTS 1 THE PANTHER STORY Dealing with Russia - a lesser affair than France! Flawed German assumptions about the Red Army's tank force The KV-1 and T-34 shock The Panzer Commission to Russia There can be only one The essentials of the MAN Panther 2 PRODUCTION OF THE PANTHER AND ITS VARIANTS Production of the Panther Panther variants: part one The production status of the Panther and the Emergency Panzer Programme of January 1945 Panther variants: part two Panther variants: part three 3 ANATOMY OF THE PANTHER Introduction Part one: the hull exterior Part two: the hull interior Part three: the turret and main armament 4 PANTHER WALK-AROUND 5 PANTHER AT WAR 'Our problem child' Into combat - the Panther at Kursk The Panther in Italy Panthers in action on the eastern border of Poland, late summer 1944 Preparing for the invasion in the West Panthers in Normandy Reflections APPENDIX Panther Ausf G specifications Select bibliography Index
* Haynes Manual treatment of the most successful medium tank of the Second World War. * In series with the Haynes Tiger, Panzer III, T-34, Churchill and Sherman Tank Manuals. * Authoritative text. * Specially commissioned artwork. * Fully illustrated with more than 250 photographs and line drawings.
MARK HEALY is the author of the Haynes T-34 Tank Manual as well as Midway 1942, The Tiger Tank Story and Zitadelle: The German Offensive against the Kursk Salient 14-17 July 1943. He also produced the best-selling video series Die Deutschen Panzer. He lives in Dorset.