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A number of Jagdpanthers were converted to command vehicles to serve alongside standard Jagdpanthers. For this role they were fitted with additional radio equipment and carried an extra star antenna. The mount for this was fitted on the left side of the fighting compartment back plate, opposite the standard one, and was similar to that fitted to the Panzerbefehlswagen IV command tank. In other respects the vehicle was identical to a standard Jagdpanther and conversions were probably carried out both at the factory and in the field.

Model Id:275
Manufacture:Mühlenbau-Industrie AG (MIAG), Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany (Primary Jagdpanther manufacturer)

1) Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, Britain

Number of Photos: 1
Sample Photo from Album Number 68

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Unique ID: 68
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This command vehicle appears to have been knocked out by one shell fired into its engine compartment and another three into the fighting compartment, on the right hand side. It was acquired in 1969 from the RMCS at Shrivenham and was previously displayed at IWM Duxford. It is based on an early production Jagdpanther. Part of its left-hand superstructure has been cut away to display the interior. It has been restored to running order using parts of the engine from the Jagdpanther recovered from Purbright ranges (source: D. Goulty, R. Fleming).
It had tactical number “01” and chassis number 300054. It was built by MIAG in July 1944 and was captured from sPzAbt 559 in 1944. The shells that knocked it out appear to have been 75mm or 76mm calibre. (Source: L. Archer). It belonged to a unit operating in northern Germany when it was knocked out in April 1945. The company commander was the renowned author Walter J. Spielberger, and photographs of this vehicle after capture have been published in a number of books (source: R. Fleming). Spielberger’s own Jagdpanther, number “123”, was knocked out nearby, and Spielberger wounded, on 16 April 1945 in the Gifhorn area. His vehicle was also hit on the right hand side by two rounds into the engine compartment causing the armour plate to crack open.