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#AFV00018 - German Sd. Kfz. 179 Bergepanther Recovery Vehicle - schwere Panzerabteilung 503, France, July 1944 (1:43 Scale)














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German Sd. Kfz. 179 Bergepanther Recovery Vehicle - schwere Panzerabteilung 503, France, July 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 179 Bergepanther Recovery Vehicle - schwere Panzerabteilung 503, France, July 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The problems of recovering heavy tanks had become clear since the commitment of the Tiger tank in late 1942. In view of the large number of Panthers it was intended to deploy in mid 1943, plans were made for a recovery vehicle based on the Panther chassis.

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German Bergepanzer Tiger (P) Recovery Vehicle - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653, Poland, 1944 German Bergepanzer Tiger (P) Recovery Vehicle - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653, Poland, 1944 (1:43 Scale)

The Elefant (Elephant) stemmed from the Porsche design for the PzKpfw VI Tiger. Henschel was awarded the contract for the new tank, but it was decided to use the Porsche design as a tank destroyer. Hitler demanded that the new vehicle be ready for the 1943 offensive on the Russian front, so development was rather hurried.

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