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UNIQUE ID 71: PANTHER II TANK

National Armor and Cavalry Museum, Fort Benning, USA

(Location: Transportation Motor Pool)


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Unique ID: 71
Added to Database: May 2008
Last Edited: 12 February 2011
Type (ID): Panther II (160)
Model (ID): Panther II (285)
Location Category (ID): National Armor and Cavalry Museum (60100)
Location (ID): Transportation Motor Pool (60140)
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Location History:
(see map)

1: Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg (MAN) AG, Nürnberg, Bavaria, Middle Franconia, Germany (Sole prototype built August 1943)
2: U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford County, Maryland, USA (About 1945)
3: Smithsonian Institution, National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia, USA (Dates unknown)
4: Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA (Until December 2010)
5: BRAC Transfer, Fort Knox, Hardin County, Kentucky, USA (Road convoy 14 December 2010)
6: National Armor and Cavalry Museum, Fort Benning, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA (Current location)


This Panther II prototype appears to have the chassis number 120417 on the glacis plate (source: L. Archer). It has been fitted with a late-production Ausf G turret (this dates from April 1945 and has a chin on the mantlet). It was in this configuration when it was captured by US forces during World War II, after which it was transferred to the Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA. It carries the turret number “210”.
The Patton Museum acquired it, on loan, from the Smithsonian Institution and then spent three years restoring it to running order. This was done using parts, in particular the engine, from the Panther Ausf G then also held by the Museum. The restoration was achieved despite the differences in transmission, hull dimensions, and so on, between the two vehicles.

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June 1983

The Panther II at Fort Knox
1: The Panther II at Fort Knox

Taken: 30 June 1983
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 164
Added: 3 July 2008
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The surviving Schmalturm at Bovington
2: The surviving Schmalturm at Bovington

Taken: Date Unknown
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 165
Added: 3 July 2008
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