Dragon 1/35 Pz.Beob.Wg.V (Panther ausf D)
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Limited Reissue (2012)|
In line with other German tanks, one variant of Panther tanks was an observation post tank known as the Pz.Beob.Wg.V. Some 41 such vehicles were converted from regular Panther tanks in late 1944-45. The conversion entailed removing the main 7.5cm KwK.42 armament and plating over the front of the turret. On this plate was mounted a dummy wooden gun and mantlet in the center, and to the right a ball-mounted MG34 machine gun. This reduced its overall firepower to just a pair of machine guns. However, the mission of this vehicle was not to get into a fire fight and it was felt that its armor was sufficient to handle any small arms fire with the twin machine guns providing enough to keep infantry at bay. This observation version was equipped with additional radios in the space freed up by not having a gun or ammunition stowage. From what I gather, it was the ausf D version that was chosen for this particular mission. How many were converted is unknown, but it probably was not a large number.
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