|This page is about the German medium tank Panther F. For other uses, see Panther (Disambiguation). For other vehicles of the family, see Panther tank (Family).|
The Pz.Kpfw. V Ausf. F (Panther F) is a rank IV German medium tank with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during the Closed Beta Test for Ground Forces before Update 1.41. As of Update 1.91 "Night Vision", it became the last Panther in the German tech tree due to the removal of the Panther II.
Survivability and armour
- Rolled homogeneous armour
- Cast homogeneous armour (gun mantlet, cupola)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides (Slope angle)||Rear (Slope angle)||Roof|
|Hull||80 mm (55°) Front glacis
50 mm (56°) Lower glacis
|50 mm (30°) Top
41.5 + 5 mm Lower
|40 mm (24°)||25 mm|
100 mm gun mantlet
|60 mm||60 mm||40 mm|
From the hull up, the F variation of the Panther is similar to previous models. However, the biggest and most noticeable change is seen in the turret design. Instead of the transverse-cylindrical mantlet of the D and A models or the chinned mantlet of the G model, the Panther F features a brand new trapezoidal turret named the Schmaltürme (or "Narrow Turret"). This new turret features a bevy of positives over its previous iterations, including beefier armour and the removal of the prominent shot trap caused by the cylindrical nature of the previous model's mantlet. Although this new turret is a welcome addition, it is not without its weaknesses. In the change from BR 5.7 to BR 6.0, the Panther will be facing enemies that can and will penetrate its turret from the front, namely the M26, T26E1-1, Tiger II, IS-2, along with nearly all of the British 6.7's, which you will be coming up against quite frequently.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Main armamentEven despite its increase in battle rating, the KwK 44 remains an incredibly effective gun when engaging enemy armour due to its penetration. Although not as effective as the later legendary KwK43, it's enough to penetrate most enemies it will face, resulting in many two-shot kills with the help of the PzGr 39's explosive filler. The penetration combined with the excellent accuracy makes it an ideal sniping cannon.
|75 mm KwK44||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|82||80 (+2)||74 (+8)||62 (+20)||50 (+32)||38 (+44)||26 (+56)||22 (+60)||12 (+70)||4 (+78)||1 (+81)||Yes|
Right side empty: 50 (+32) or both sides empty: 22 (+60)
|7.92 mm MG34|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
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The Panther is a great "hunter," locating weak (slow, damaged, or alone) tanks and taking them out is by far its greatest capability. Mobility is a big advantage and the tanker should use it to their advantage, especially when fighting higher-rank vehicles. You should find a suitable location as soon as possible; when you do this, you can easily push off advancing enemy tanks while heavier allies join the action. Just when you notice that you have strong enough backup it is time to retreat. Your role is not to fight directly but rather spot weaknesses in the enemy defence. Once you learn how to take advantage of its speed and gun, you'll easily take out enemy targets by surprise.
Most of the heavy tanks that the Panther faces are not fast enough to counter its attacks. However, this does not mean that they are harmless. Be careful when approaching the enemy and always try to have the advantage. It is not advised to attack enemy heavy tanks directly or frontally; this is where they have most of their armour, and the Panther will probably not be able to penetrate it. It is better to retreat and try to find an alternative route before engaging the enemy.
The Panther has no anti-air capabilities, so it is best to find cover if there are enemy aircraft nearby that are equipped with bombs or rockets.
|II||Suspension||Brake System||FPE||Adjustment of Fire|
|III||Filters||Crew Replenishment||Elevation Mechanism||Smoke grenade|
|IV||Transmission||Engine||Artillery Support||PzGr 40/42||Rangefinder|
Pros and cons
- New turret removes the shot trap which plagued earlier models
- Nigh impenetrable turret cheeks when facing from the front
- 75 mm KwK 44 remains an accurate and effective gun despite its BR increase
- HE filler on PzGr 39 shell allows for easy two-shot kills
- APCR shell can allow the tank to compete with the heavier armour found in 6.0~7.0
- Features excellent, although toned down mobility
- Can steer in place
- Hull can become very difficult to penetrate when angled properly
- Slightly faster reload than the previous models of Panthers
- Although the turret has increased armour, it is almost useless due to basically no angling and more powerful enemy guns
- Hull suffers similarly to turret; although good by itself, it becomes paper when facing higher tier guns
- 75 mm KwK 44 can become difficult to use in an up-tier
- Pitiful reverse speed of only 3 km/h
- Often faces 7.0's, which can be filled with incredibly challenging opponents
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In the autumn of 1944, production of a new variant of the Panther was planned, the Ausf. F variant. This version had stronger front armor on its hull (80 mm), its sides (50 mm), and the front part of its roof (25 mm). The Schmalturm 605 turret, developed by the company Daimler-Benz AG, was slightly smaller than the standard Panther turret. This allowed the forward armor to be reinforced up to 120 mm, at an inclination of 20°. The sides of the new turret had a thickness of 60 mm and an inclination of 25°, and the thickness of the gun mantlet reached 150 mm. Stereoscopic rangefinders produced by the company Zeiss were mounted on the sides of the turret. The vehicle was armed with a 75 mm KwK 42/1 L/70 or KwK 44/1 L/70 gun in a new mantlet.
A project was launched to equip the Panther with the longer 75 mm KwK L/100. Instead of a directional machine gun, the radio operator/gunner used an MP 44 assault rifle. Production plans stipulated that production Ausf. F tanks would only be released with road wheels with internal shock absorbers. During mass production, the tank was supposed to be fitted with a periscope sight with an optical stabilizer. Each tank could, if necessary, be equipped with an FG 1250 night vision device.
In October 1944, production of the Ausf. F was set to launch in the Daimler-Benz plant in Berlin in March 1945. But by January 1945, a single Panther Ausf. G prototype with a Schmallturm turret was ready. Due to the overall difficulty of Germany's situation at the time, only a few prototypes with a narrow turret and 8 tank hulls had been constructed by the end of the war. Some sources indicate that several Ausf. F variants were completed by Daimler-Benz between April 20 and 23, 1945, and they may have been used in combat operations.
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