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UNIQUE ID 51: PANTHER TANK

(Model: Ausf G)

Solitary Vehicle, Grandmenil, Belgium

(Location: Solitary Vehicle)


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Unique ID: 51
Added to Database: May 2008
Last Edited: February 2009
Type (ID): Panther (110)
Model (ID): Ausf G (245)
Location Category (ID): Solitary Vehicle (10920)
Location (ID): Solitary Vehicle (10920)
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Other Identification: Turret number “407”.
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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, Grandmenil, Belgium (Current location)


Text in original Preserved German Tanks publication:

The area around the Belgian towns of Manhay and Grandmenil saw extensive fighting on 24, 25 and 26 December 1944 as part of the Battle of the Bulge. The 2 SS Panzer Division, part of 6 Panzer Armee, passed through Manhay on Christmas Day and captured Grandmenil, before attacking towards Erezée and Bomal. It was pushed back by American forces and Manhay and Grandmenil were recaptured on 27 December.
Seven of the Division’s Panthers were left scattered around the Bomal-Manhay-Grandmenil cross-roads, either destroyed, out of fuel or bogged in marshy ground. One was lost at the cross-roads, and later bulldozed off the road, another lost a track while reversing towards Manhay, and another was abandoned in a ditch to the north of the main road. Four, including this one, were lost in the field to the south of the road. This one is now on display on a small concrete plinth beside the main road (N494) in Grandmenil. Its suspension and many other parts are badly damaged and it is missing its muzzle-brake.

Text in Preserved German Tanks Update:

This Panther is displayed on a plinth surrounded by a low chain fence on the roundabout at the edge of Grandmenil, in the direction of Manhay. This roundabout is at the intersection of the main road Rue d’Erezée (N807, previously referred to as the N494) and the Rue Alphonse Poncelet. It has been repainted in a three colour camouflage scheme. A label in front of the tank reads “PANTHER AUSF. G, 26/12/1944” commemorating the action in which it was lost.

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December 2008

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 30 December 2008
Contributor: D. Reay
Photo ID: 1169
Added: February 2009
Filename: CIMG0009...
Views: 194
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Closeup of turret
2: Closeup of turret

Taken: 30 December 2008
Contributor: D. Reay
Photo ID: 1170
Added: February 2009
Filename: CIMG0013...
Views: 203
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September 1982

The Grandmenil Panther
3: The Grandmenil Panther

Taken: 3 September 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 147
Added: 3 July 2008
Filename: Scan_Pan...
Views: 307
Select/Has Priority: 1/0