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UNIQUE ID 52: PANTHER TANK

(Model: Ausf G)

Solitary Vehicle, Celles, Belgium

(Location: Solitary Vehicle)


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Unique ID: 52
Added to Database: May 2008
Last Edited: February 2010
Type (ID): Panther (110)
Model (ID): Ausf G (245)
Location Category (ID): Solitary Vehicle (10930)
Location (ID): Solitary Vehicle (10930)
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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, Celles, Hainaut Province, Belgium (Current location)


Text in original Preserved German Tanks publication:

Early in the morning of 24 December 1944, during one of the German advances of the Battle of the Bulge, Kampfgruppe von Cochenhausen of 2 Panzer Division left a concentration area near the town of Conjeux in Belgium. At 6am, it approached the junction of the N510 and N48 roads near the town of Celles, south-east of Dinant, close to the point where Rommel had crossed the Meuse in May 1940. The leading Panther detonated a mine and was disabled in the field below the nearby château. It was severely damaged, losing most of its suspension, but was later moved adjacent to the cross-roads. It can still be seen there, in front of the café at the cross-roads, but is now little more than a hulk. It is missing many external parts, including its muzzle brake. There is a sign in front of it which states in French “Here was stopped the offensive of Von Rundstedt 24 December 1944”. The tank was last repainted early in 1994 by Belgian Army personnel (source: F. Derom).

Text in Preserved German Tanks Update:

Correct spelling for nearby town is Conjoux; the German concentration area was between Conjoux and Celles.

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The Celles Panther
1: The Celles Panther

Taken: Date Unknown
Contributor: F. Derom
Photo ID: 148
Added: 3 July 2008
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