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UNIQUE ID 50: PANTHER TANK

(Model: Ausf G)

Solitary Vehicle, Houffalize, Belgium

(Location: Solitary Vehicle)


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Unique ID: 50
Added to Database: May 2008
Last Edited: May 2008
Type (ID): Panther (110)
Model (ID): Ausf G (245)
Location Category (ID): Solitary Vehicle (10910)
Location (ID): Solitary Vehicle (10910)
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Location History:
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1: Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg (MAN) AG, Nürnberg, Bavaria, Middle Franconia, Germany (Primary manufacturer)
2: Solitary Vehicle, Houffalize, Belgium (Current location)


Text in original Preserved German Tanks publication:

At the start of January 1945 a number of units involved in the Battle of the Bulge were caught in a salient near Houffalize, trapped by advancing Allied forces. On 14 January Hitler gave an order to start a withdrawal from the area. After 2 and 9 SS Panzer Divisions had withdrawn, it was the turn of 116 Panzer Division - the last remaining panzer unit. The Division retreated on 15 January and only just managed to escape before the US First and Third Armies met up outside Houffalize on 16 January.
This Ausf G was part of 116 Panzer Division and was lost in Houffalize. It originally carried the turret number “401”. It was found on 20 January 1945 lying in the Ourthe river after having fallen off the bridge on the road to La Roche. It is not known whether it drove off the bridge by accident or was abandoned on the bridge and later bulldozed aside. By 1952 it had been recovered from the river, with the dead crew still inside, and moved to the bank nearby. It is now on display in the middle of Houffalize beside the main road (N15), not far from where it had originally been abandoned. It had a coat of green paint for the 40th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge but was repainted in three-colour camouflage soon after. None of its markings, such as the 116 Panzer Division insignia and repainted turret numbers, are original. Its suspension is badly damaged. It is fitted with a number of different track shoes, including ones with straight edges, serrated edges, and snow cleats (source: Sherman Register).

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September 1982

The Houffalize Panther
1: The Houffalize Panther

Taken: 2 September 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 146
Added: 3 July 2008
Filename: Scan_Pan...
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