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Captured German Sd. Kfz. 171 PzKpfw V Panther Ausf. A Medium Tank - 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards "Cuckoo", Netherlands, 1944/5

Corgi Captured German Sd. Kfz. 171 PzKpfw V Panther Ausf. A Medium Tank - 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards "Cuckoo", Netherlands, 1944/5




 
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Corgi CC60215 Captured German Sd. Kfz. 171 PzKpfw V Panther Ausf. A Medium Tank - 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards "Cuckoo", Netherlands, 1944-45 (1:50 Scale) "If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"

In many respects, the Panther tank was viewed as the finest armored fighting vehicle of the Second World War. Based in large part upon the Soviet's highly successful T-34 medium tank, the PzKpfw V Ausfuhrung G (Type G) was built by several manufacturers including MAN, Daimler-Benz, and MNH. Mounting a fearsome 7.5cm KwK42 L/70 cannon and two 7.92mm MG34 machineguns, the Panther Ausf. G represented the third and certainly the most impressive installment in the Panther series.

The weight of the production model was increased to 43 tons from the original plans for a 35 ton tank. Hitler had personally reviewed the final designs and insisted on an increase in the thickness of the frontal armor - the front glacis plate was increased from 60mm to 80mm and the turret front plate was increased from 80mm to 100mm.

Once the problems caused by the vulnerability of the engine and the transmission were solved, it proved to be a very effective fighting vehicle. The crew was made up of five members: driver, radio operator (who also fired the bow machine gun), gunner, loader, and commander.

Pictured here is a 1:50 scale replica of a Captured German Sd. Kfz. 171 PzKpfw V Panther Ausf. A medium tank that was pressed into service by the 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards "Cuckoo", then deployed to the Netherlands, from 1944-45. Pre-order! Ship Date:December 2019.

Dimensions:
Length: 5-1/2-inches
Width: 2-inches

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Historical Account: "The Coldstream Guards" - When the Second World War began, the 1st and 2nd battalions of The Coldstream Guards were part of the British Expeditionary Force in France; whilst the 3rd Battalion was on overseas service in the Middle East. Additional 4th and 5th battalions were also formed for the duration of the war. They fought extensively, as part of the Guards Armoured Division, in North Africa and Europe as dismounted infantry. The 4th battalion first became a motorized battalion in 1940 and then an armoured battalion in 1943.

Coldstreamers gave up their tanks at the end of the war, the new battalions were disbanded, and the troops distributed to the 1st and 2nd Guard Training Battalions.

After the war, the 1st and 3rd battalions served in Palestine. The 2nd battalion served in the Malayan Emergency. The 3rd battalion was placed in suspended animation in 1959. The remaining battalions served during the Mau Mau rebellion from 1959 to 1962, in Aden in 1964, in Mauritius in 1965, in the Cyprus Emergency in 1974 and several times in Northern Ireland after 1969.

Features
  • Diecast metal construction
  • Rotating turret
  • Elevating gun
  • Vinyl tracks
  • Accurate markings and insignia

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