(ORDER) ICM 35342 German Bergepanther recover tank and 4 crews in WW2 1/35 Pro Built Model

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The SdKfz 179 Bergepanther was an armored recovery vehicle that was used by Germany during WWII. It was based upon the chassis of the Panzer V Panther and the first production model was the Ausf. A version. The Bergepanther had a crew of five men and a Maybach HL230 P30 Engine just like the Panther that allowed it to go at speeds of up to 46 km/h.

For a defensive armament, the Bergepanther mounted a 20mm KwK 38 cannon and an additional MG 42. The main difference between the Bergepanther and the original Panther was that the Bergepanther had a 40,000 kg winch and cable system that replaced the turret. Another commonly added feature was a rear-mounted spade which acted as a counterbalance when recovering a vehicle. The very first models however didn't even recieve the KwK 38.[1] Furthermore, the first models also only had wooden coverings over a hatch that opened to let engineers take out tools from inside the vehicle. The Bergepanther also had a 7 speed forward, 1 speed reverse transmission system with a maximum range of about 200 kilometers.
The Bergepanther was first developed in 1942-1943 because of the need for a heavy duty tank recovery vehicle. This nees came about because for regular tanks such as the Panzer III and Panzer IV, half-tracks such as the SdKfz 9 would be fine for towing duty, but tanks such as the Panther or Tiger were just so heavy that up to three would be required just to tow a single tank. Tigers at the time were also much more valued than Panthers considering that they were produced in fewer numbers so naturally the Panther was the chosen base from which to create the new armored recovery vehicle. These vehicles produced by MAN were subsequently shipped off to serve during the Battle of Kursk and in other battles until the end of the war. Around two to four Bergepanthers were allocated to each tank unit making up for a total of around 330 vehicles produced during the war, mainly by the company DemagThe Bergepanther series is quite difficult to describe its variants because most models had several modifications from each other. The main variants however, were the first production model, the Ausf. A which was based off of the Panther Ausf. A series and the Ausf. G which was based off of the Panther Ausf. G series. In between, models as mentioned above had different equipment such as the counterbalance spade and defensive 20mm KwK 38.

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