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The following Photographs have been donated by Battlefrontmodels Customers they range from basic customised RC tanks to heavily modified models, if you would like to submit a project to the Tank Gallery please email us at the Battlefront HQ for details.

Russians at the Oder River.

by Peter Symonds of Nottingham.

Why not check out  Petersym37  on Ebay for High Quality 1/16 scale Pro Airbrushed Tanks and Figures.

 

DID YOU KNOW

The German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.

Panzer III with Tank Riders

by Lou Petherbridge of Cornwall

The Asiatam model crew figures look right at home.

Note: Open and closed side hatches.

Why not look for Lou's models on Ebay (Pugwash04)

DID YOU KNOW.

When Allied Armies reached the Rhine, the first thing they did was to Pee in it. This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it) and General Patton who had himself photographed in the act.

Kharkov Winter Tiger

by Ernie Oliva of Welling - Kent.

Note:  Excellent battle damaged track covers and treatment of the tracks.

DID YOU KNOW...

When asked his name again, Master Sergeant P. Hitler of the US. 101st Military Police Battalion at Fort Dix, New Jersey replied 'Sure, that's my name. Let the other guy change his name.'

"Night Hunter"

Upgraded Heng Long Panther Model with Infra Red Night Sight System

prepared by Battlefrontmodels.

A Brief History of the Panther Tank

The Panther was a direct response to the Soviet T-34. First encountered on 23 June 1941,the T-34 outclassed the existing Panzer IV and Panzer III. At the insistence of General Heinz Guderian a team was dispatched to the Eastern Front to assess the T-34. Among the features of the Soviet tank considered most significant were the sloping armor, which gave much improved shot deflection and also increased the effective armor thickness against penetration, the wide track, which improved mobility over soft ground, and the 76.2 mm gun, which had good armour penetration and fired an effective high-explosive round. Daimler-Benz (DB) and Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg AG (MAN) were given the task of designing a new thirty to thirty-five-ton tank, designated VK3002, by April 1942 (apparently in time to be shown to Hitler for his birthday).

The two proposals were delivered in April 1942. The Daimler-Benz (DB) design was a direct homage to the T-34. It resembled the T-34 hull and turret form. Daimler-Benz offered both leaf spring suspension and torsion-bar suspension variants, whereas the T-34 originally used coil springs. The Daimler-Benz's turret was smaller than the turret of the MAN design. Unlike the T-34, both variants had a three-man turret crew: commander, gunner, and loader. But as the planned gun was much longer and heavier than the T-34's, mounting it in the Daimler-Benz turret was difficult. Plans to reduce the turret crew to two men to stem this problem were eventually dropped.

The MAN design embodied more conventional German thinking: it was higher and wider with a substantial turret placed centrally on the hull, a petrol engine and torsion-bar suspension. The MAN design was accepted in May, 1942 in spite of Hitler's preference for the DB design. One of the principal reasons for this was that the MAN design used an existing turret designed by Rheinmetall-Borsig while the DB design would have required a brand new turret to be designed and produced, substantially delaying the commencement of production. The MAN design also had better fording ability, easier gun servicing and higher mobility due to better suspension, wider tracks and a bigger fuel tank.

A mild steel prototype was produced by September 1942 and, after testing at Kummersdorf, was officially accepted. It was put into immediate production. The start of production was delayed, however, mainly because there were too few specialized machine tools needed for the machining of the hull. Finished tanks were produced in December and suffered from reliability problems as a result of this haste. The demand for this tank was so high that the manufacturing was soon expanded beyond MAN to include Daimler-Benz, Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen-Hannover (MNH) and Henschel & Sohn in Kassel.

The initial production target was 250 tanks per month at MAN. This was increased to 600 per month in January 1943. Despite determined efforts this figure was never reached due to disruption by Allied bombing, manufacturing bottlenecks, and other difficulties. Production in 1943 averaged 148 per month. In 1944, it averaged 315 a month (3,777 having been built that year), peaking with 380 in July and ending around the end of March 1945, with at least 6,000 built in total. Strength peaked on 1 September 1944 at 2,304 tanks, but that same month a record number of 692 tanks were reported lost.

 

"King Tiger"

A Battle Torn Tamiya King Tiger sent in by

 Peter Symonds of Nottingham.

 

Why not check out  Petersym37  on Ebay for High Quality 1/16 scale Pro Airbrushed Tanks and Figures.

 

 

DID YOU KNOW

From 1939 to 1945 over 3.4 million Tons of Bombs were dropped on Germany alone.