Jagdpanther Platoon (GBX41) with three Jagdpanther tank hunters

The success of the 8.8cm gun had a direct influence on the design of German tanks and tank-hunters. The 8.8cm PaK43 was too big to be useful on a Panzer III or IV chassis, so German industry sought a compromise to upgrade the slow manoeuvring heavies such as the Ferdinand assault gun and Königstiger heavy tank.

The Army Weapons Office’s answer was the Jagdpanther (Hunting Panther, pronounced yahkt pan-terr). This placed an 8.8cm PaK43 on a Panther tank to combine the firepower of the big gun with the higher mobility of the Panther.

Initial designs called for the Jagdpanther to be based on the Panther II, but once the Panther II was scrapped in favour of upgrading the standard Panther, the Jagdpanther changed to that chassis instead.

The main result was the lowering of the front armour to 80mm armour instead of the intended 100mm of the Panther II. The first Jagdpanther tank-hunters sported Zimmerit protective coating, but those produced after 8 September 1944 did not.

 

The Jagdpanther in Flames Of War


The Jagdpanther tank-hunter is equipped with the deadly 8.8 PaK43 gun, able to  destroy any Allied tank. It is bolstered with thick frontal armour—a radical departure from earlier tank-hunters in the German arsenal like the various Marders.

You can field the 654. Schwere Panzerjägerabteilung equipped with the Jagdpanther in Flames Of War using Earth & Steel (page 122).

Mobility: Full-tracked.
Front 10; Side 5; Top 1
Range: 40"/100cm
Anti-tank 16; ROF 2; Firepower 3+

Equipment & Note
Hull MG, Unreliable. Hull mounted.

Designed by Evan Allen
Stowage by James Brown
Painted by Mark Hazell

(15555)

SKU 15555
Barcode # 9420020216174

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