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    Panzer V Panther in Czechoslovak service

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    Panzer V Panther in Czechoslovak service

    Post by woofiedog on Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:15 pm

    A web site with an article about the use of Panther tanks in the Czechoslovak army. Smile

    Quote... Basically, the Czechoslovak army pressed captured German vehicles into service. Amongst those were (apart from the more numerous Panzer IVs) also some Panthers. The first batch of 50 Panthers (of unknown version) was gained from the Soviet army captured vehicle depot in Michalovce. In parallel, as mentioned in the Panzer IV article, a program was launched to salvage knodcked out and damaged vehicles, found all over Czechoslovakia. The effort took until summer 1947, when 80 more Panthers (65 of them deemed repairable) were brought to Milovice near Přelouč to the detached tank staging ground for the company 1. Automobilová Zbrojovka Přelouč (1AZ) to refit.

    http://ftr-wot.blogspot.com/2013/03/panzer-v-panther-in-czechoslovak-service.html
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    Re: Panzer V Panther in Czechoslovak service

    Post by lockie on Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:02 pm

    Thanks Woffie! That's a VERY interesting info! Cool
    Moreover:
    The Bergepanthers served during the 50's - they were used for training and also for civillian duty (at least one helped during floods). They were phased out in 1960 because the remaining machines were totally worn out.
    It does that Panther's engine was reliable during ~15 years! This fact contradict that Panthers were a very capricious vehicle and had unreliable engine.
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    Re: Panzer V Panther in Czechoslovak service

    Post by woofiedog on Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:38 pm

    Considering that these Panther's survived at all is quite the accomplishment considering that all factory production of the Panther and more importantly of spare parts had ceased to exist.

    In order to keep a single Panther running at all, there must have been a fairly good supply of derelict/damaged Panther's to cannibalize parts from.

    Another site with information about where post-war use of the Panther tank continued.

    http://germanpanzerww2.blogspot.com/2014/03/post-war-panthers.html

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