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The SdKfz 173 Jagdpanther was a German tank destroyer used during World War II.

Description

Based on the chassis of the Panther tank, the SdKfz 173 had a PaK 43 for its main gun, supplemented by a pair of rifle caliber machine guns. The Jagdpanther had a 700 hp (522 kW0) Maybach HL 230 petrol engine, capable of propelling it at speeds of up to 28.6 mph (46 km/h) and distances of up to 99.4 miles (160 km), and required crew of five men to function.[1]

History

Production of the Jagdpanther began in January 1944 and continued until Germany surrendered, by which time 392 examples had been built, with the first examples entering service in June 1944.[2] The Jagdpanther was mostly used on the Eastern Front, where its main gun proved effective against even the most powerful Soviet tanks, including the IS-2. They were also used in the Ardennes Offensive.[3]

References

  1. http://wwiivehicles.com/germany/tank-hunters/jagdpanther.asp
  2. Forty, George. WW1 and WW2 Tanks. Southwater Books (Anness Publishing Ltd). 2012. ISBN 1 78019 190 1 Page 103
  3. http://wwiivehicles.com/germany/tank-hunters/jagdpanther.asp


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