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Peter Roberts

Barkmann Panther A Zimmerit

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I believe Barkmann used a Panther A in his renowned engagement at what has become known as Barkmanns Corner. It has been suggested that his Panther would have carried a zimmerit coating. 

 

I see Atak has two different Panther A zimmerit patterns - Early and Late.

 

Any ideas as to which would be most likely for Barkmanns Panther?

 

Any help appreciated

 

Thanks

 

Peter Roberts

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Weird I always thought it was an early Ausf G, but you are right it was an Ausf A.....Here's a profile (make of it what you will):

 

Ersnt_Barkmann_Panther_Ausf-A_HD.jpg

 

No photos of 424 that I can find, this may be of interest:  http://www.achtungpanzer.com/gen5.htm

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Thanks mate, yes I believe he had a couple of different Panthers. 

 

Appreciate the help but hard to distinguish the zimmerit used.

 

I was hopeful that dates might be indicative - looks like I have more diving to do.... :)

 

PR

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All I  can offer is what is in the book  'A Sound Like Thunder" by Denis Oliver.  There is one b/w photo  and a trio of illustrated Panther A profiles from Das Reich during this period - nothing specific about Barkmann.  

 

Zimmerit appears to be the simple square style, and honestly don't know the difference between early and late style.  Maybe the early style from Atak, but only saying that because this allocation chart based on the Fgst.Nr. has them delivered to I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 2  of Das Reich in February 1944:

http://www.panther1944.de/index.php/en/sdkfz-171-pzkpfwg-panther/truppenteile/zuordenbare-fahrgestellnummern/produktionsjahr-44

 

regards,

Jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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