Friday, August 24, 2012

Jagdpanzer V Jagdpanther ( Tank Destroyer)

The Jagdpanzer V Jagdpanther (Sd.Kfz. 173) was in the Second World War by the German Wehrmacht inserted Jagdpanzer (Tank destroyer).


  • 1 Development and production
  • 2 Panzerung
  • 3 Munition
  • 4 use
  • 5 Received copies
  • 6 See also
  • 7 Literary
  • 8 Notes and references
  • 9 Weblinks

Development and Production

The end of 1942 saw the German Army Ordnance Office that the current approach to the development of assault guns and tank destroyers, to assemble the appropriate anti-tank weapons to existing, but already partly outdated chassis, could not be continued. The best available at the time tank gun, the 8.8-cm PaK 43 L/71 / 3 was too big and too heavy for Panzer III - and Panzer IV chassis, it was decided, therefore, the chassis of the then recently completed developed Panzerkampfwagen V Panther to be used for the construction of a new fighter armor. With the development work Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen-Hannover (MNH) was commissioned. The prototype of the Jagdpanther was on 20 October 1943 demonstrated. By using the Panther chassis and the possible installation location, there was a fire the cannon height of only 196 cm. Series production of the tank hunting began in January 1944 when MIAG in Braunschweig . The end of 1944 was also an additional series production at Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen-Hannover-MNH in Hanover at. Both companies produced until March 1945 a total of 382 Jagdpanther (Fahrgestell-Nr.: 300001-300382).
During the manufacturing constantly flowed changes, so that the vehicles can be divided into early and late versions (from October 1944). The main changes were a heavy cast outer collar for the main weapon, side skirts and a much larger idlers and a 8.8-cm PaK 43/3 L/71 with split pipe and new recoil brake. In addition, a flame-killer exhaust and a battle space heating has been fitted with air conditioning. The second driver's view port and the luggage case accounted for. Some vehicles have been delivered as a command car, they were also equipped with a star antenna and the side skirts.


  • 60 mm front / 35 ° tilt
  • 80 mm driver front / 35 °
  • 40 mm hull sides / 90 °
  • 40 mm rear / 60 °
  • 15-20 + 13mm bottom / 0 °
  • 80 mm front / 35 °
  • Page 50 mm / 60 °
  • 40 mm rear / 60 °
  • 17 mm ceiling / 5 °


There were 57 grenades are carried in Jagdpanzer V.
PaK 43
Tank shell 39/43
Panzergranate 40/43 (hard core)
Explosive shell 43
10,2 kg
7,3 kg
9,4 kg
Muzzle Velocity
1000 m/s
1130 m/s
750 m/s
Penetration at 30 ° incidence

from 100 meters
203 mm

from 500 meters
182 mm
226 mm

from 1000 m distance
167 mm
192 mm

from 2000 m distance
139 mm
136 mm

Penetration at 60 ° incidence

from 0 m
198 mm
265 mm

from 500 meters
182 mm
226 mm

from 1000 m distance
167 mm
192 mm

from 1500 m
153 mm
162 mm

from 2000 m distance
139 mm
136 mm

from 2500 m
127 mm
114 mm

Penetration at 90 ° incidence

from 0 m
225 mm
311 mm

from 500 meters
207 mm
274 mm

from 1000 m distance
190 mm
241 mm

from 1500 m
174 mm
211 mm

from 2000 m distance
159 mm
184 mm

from 2500 m
145 mm
159 mm


Of the Allies classified as "Heavy Tank Killer" Jagdpanther was in World War II as the most successful tank destroyer, which never appeared in sufficient numbers on the battlefield in order to be decisive for the war. During the German Ardennes offensive in December 1944 translated Jagdpanther a large number of Allied tanks out of action.
The Jagdpanther was in June 1944 at the 559th and 654th, in August at the 519th, in October at the 560th and in November / December 1944 in the 655th heavy anti-tank division introduced. I also ordered the. / PzLRgt 130 (32), the "Battle Group Nico" (7) and the Panzer-Division "Clausewitz" (2) on Jagdpanther. The units were not equipped but planned it, but the equipment is procured "unscheduled".
The Jagdpanther was designed for use as a weapon focus to offensive purposes. Vehicles should only be to attack in large numbers (14 vehicles), are used as mobile anti-tank directly behind advancing infantry, armor to protect them from attacks. Smaller units (four vehicles) could be used against fortified positions. After a successful attack should be immediately withdrawn Jagdpanther for maintenance and repair. Its use as a static anti-tank weapon, or even artillery for defensive purposes was not provided and were allowed only in emergencies.

Preserved specimens

A copy of the hunt is in the tank V tank museum in Munster to visit, another copy of the Battle for Hechtel in the Imperial War Museum in London . The interior of this tank is visible through a cutaway side wall. Also in the Technik Museum Sinsheim a copy is available. The Jagdpanther the Army Technical Study Collection in Koblenz is in running order and can be seen there on special occasions in action. In addition, there an approximately 20 minute video can be seen that the Jagdpanther in comparison tests with the Jagdpanzer 4-5 (KaJaPa) of the Bundeswehrshows, including in the area.

Jagdpanzer V Jagdpanther

Main Features

5 (commander, gunner, loader, driver, radio operator)
9.87 m (with gun)
3,43 m
2,72 m
45,5 t
Armor and armament

17–80 mm
Main armament
8.8-cm-Pak 43/1 L/71
Secondary armament
1 × 7.92 mm MG 34

Maybach HL 230 P 30
700 PS
Top speed
46 km / h (road), 24 km / h (cross)
Power / weight

210 km (road), 140 km (off-road)