How does the German tank "Panther"

Sd.Kfz. 171, Panzerkampfwagen V, Panther - all these are different names for one tank, often called Pz.Kpfw V Panther. About this machine is difficult to say something without repeating. The tank, inspired by a meeting with the Soviet T-34, was a collection of contradictions. It seems to be a powerful 75-mm cannon, but the airborne armor of the early models was “available” even to anti-tank guns. It seems that a good dynamics is for an almost 45-ton car, but the throughput leaves much to be desired. The design concept is definitely not bad. But low reliability and “childhood diseases” were cured only a year after the start of production.
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Whatever it was, but the "Panther" became the second largest German tank of the Second World after the Pz.Kpfw IV. This is despite the fact that its cost was 176 thousand Reichsmarks (By the way, the "Tiger" cost the German treasury 250 thousand)!
Location of assemblies and units "Panther"
Recently, I created a post about a heavy tank "Tiger". But today we will look at the interior of the German medium tank Panther through the eyes of its crew members.
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The Panther was a relatively easy-to-manage tank — this was facilitated by control boosters.
Driver mechanic
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"View from the driver's seat. On the right, under the dashboard is the transmission"
Behind the 85-mm armor plate on the left is the Panther driver Under his leadership, an impressive machine was driven by a Maybach HL 210 P30 motor (later - HL 230 P45 - with increased torque). The tank was controlled easily - relative to the enemy machines. The levers required little effort due to the hydraulic drive with feedback, and the 7-speed gearbox was semi-automatic. The means of observation also varied: on the early models, the front door had a survey hatch of the mechanic drive (called the “mailbox”), which was later abolished, leaving the hatch in the roof of the hull with telescopic observation devices.
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"View of the dashboard. In the lower right corner - the guise of the ignition lock"
In contrast to the "Tiger" - here the turn was carried out by the usual levers for tracked vehicles, and not by the steering wheel.
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"The rotation of the machine was carried out through two levers"
How does the German tank

"On the machines of early modification (as in the photo), the mechanical supply, in addition to the periscopes, had a viewing window in the frontal part of the hull, which weakened the booking of this section."
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"View of the place of the driver is not fully assembled" Panther ".Here you can better consider the dimensions of the frontal armor zone weakened by the viewing device. "
Radio operator
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"To the left of the radio operator is the radio station Fu 5"
At the disposal of this crew member was the radio station Fu 5, whose range in the telegraph mode exceeded 9 kilometers. Armed with a gunner MG-34 machine gun, which on the first models of the "Panther" was located in a rope machine, but since 1943 it was replaced with a traditional ball - with a KZF sight. 2
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"MG-34 machine gun with a sight sight KZF.2"
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Gunner
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"View of the gunner's place from the commander's hatch"
The operator of the 75-mm cannon KwK 42 located in the tower on the left. Its main tool was the TZF-12 binocular sight, which was distinguished by low reliability. Later it was replaced by monocular TZF-12a.
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"A power take-off shaft is located under the rotating floor of the fighting compartment, which is responsible for turning the turret."
It is worth noting that the gun "Panther" had better armor-piercing properties than the 88-gun "Tiger"
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"In the photo - a late modification of the tank, equipped with a monocular sight Tzf-12"
Charging
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"The loader was located to the right of the breech"
To the right of the breech of the gun was the place of loader.He was available 79 (later - 82) shells, the location of which changed from modification - to modification. Ausf.D projectiles were under the tower - on both sides of 18 pieces. Later, their number was increased to 24. Three projectiles were placed between the driver and the tower, and under the rotating floor of the crew compartment.
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"Laying the shells in the Panther hull. Unfortunately, there are no more sane images of this part of the machine."
An interesting feature is that when the tower was installed in the direction of travel, the loader had access only to the shells at the starboard.
Tank commander
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"View of the late-type commander's turret. The hatch, opening to the side, no longer contributed to the ricochet of shells in the fighting compartment
Located at the back of the tower, the commander had access to all crew members. Observation of the battlefield was carried out by the periscope panorama of the commander. As in the "Tigre", "Panther" has undergone changes commander turrets. Since 1943, she received a streamlined turret with a hatch opening to the side.
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"The commander is watching the battlefield through a periscopic panorama"
The tank had one transmitter, and two receivers - this allowed us to keep in touch with other machines, and with the crew, without reconfiguration.In order not to interfere with the radio operator, two sockets were connected to the receiver with terrible technical abbreviations of the Germans (Z.EMPF. FERNH. And Z. SENDER MIKR).
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"View of the place commander."
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